infections

Study: Impact of Escherichia coli Outer Membrane Vesicles on Sperm Function. Image Credit: SciePro / Shutterstock.com

Bacterial infections cause sperm dysfunction through their outer membranous sacs

Infertility rates continue to rise worldwide and are currently estimated to affect up to 170 million people. Male factors contribute to at least half of infertility cases, including hormonal abnormalities, problems with sperm transport or entry into the fallopian tubes, impaired sperm production, and male reproductive tract infections (MRTIs). MRTIs are responsible for about 10% …

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Nectar from common plants could be used to fight Leishmania infections

Nectar of common plants, such as sunflower, contains bioactive substances that can inhibit growth Leishmania and could be used to fight a potentially deadly disease caused by a parasite, scientists say. Leishmania parasites infect more than a million people a year, of whom more than 200,000 are infected with visceral leishmaniasis or kala-azar, the deadliest …

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