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One fungus may keep another in check for a healthy mouth

from Medscape

By characterizing, for the first time, the core oral mycobiome and bacteriome of HIV-infected patients and control individuals, researchers at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio have shown that Pichia, a genus in the yeast family, inhibits Candida from forming biofilms, suggesting that changes in oral microbiota significantly affect human health and disease. Mahmoud Ghannoum, Ph.D., director of the Center for Medical Mycology and professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, reported these results at a news conference at the Infectious Diseases Society of America 49th Annual Meeting. He said this knowledge might facilitate the development of novel strategies to manage candidiasis in HIV-infected and other immunocompromised patients. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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