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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Beard or No Beard? Who harbor more bacteria? The result might let you think twice!

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Bacteria are everywhere and even creeping inside beards. But these bacteria can potentially develop new antibiotics according to a new study identifies. Researchers found that men who are clean shave are more prone to harbor infectious bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics than the bearded men.

The study published in early 2016 in the Journal of Hospital Infection where an inspection of tested swabs collected from faces of 408 hospital staff including both bearded and clean shave individuals.
According to their results, clean shaven individuals are three times more likely to carry methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) on their cheeks. Staphylococcus aureus was shown 10 percent more colonies to support on clean shave individuals, the bacterium which causes skin and respiratory infections and also food poisoning.

Researchers pointed that shaving supports bacterial colonization and active proliferation. Overall colonization is similar among healthcare individuals with and without facial hairs, but certain bacterial species are more actively growing on clean shave individuals.

Dr. Adam Roberts, a microbiologist from University College London grew 100 different bacteria in this research to perform each separate analysis. In his research petri dish he found that some bacteria is able to kill other bacteria.

Dr. Roberts isolated that bacteria and grown against pathogenic E. coli which causes urinary tract infections and found bacterium can kill it efficiently too.


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