URI Group Gains Against Ulcers, Gastritis

This entry was posted by Thursday, 10 February, 2011
Read the rest of this entry »



Helicobacter pylori. Ever hear of it? It’s a bug that eats your gut.

I guess you could say it dines where you dine.

It wasn’t THAT long ago (1982) that two Australians, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, discovered that these little helicobacter pylori were involved with ulcers. An amazing, amazing thing, really, since everyone KNEW that ulcers were caused by stress. Bacteria couldn’t live in the stomach where it’s so acid.

That’s where we were wrong.

We now know that there are bugs (I’m being terminally cute here, I mean, microorganisms) which can live in places you wouldn’t believe. Hot, dry, cold, acidic, basic, radioactive. We call them “extremeophiles”. If they can live in yer gut, what next? Could they live on Mars?

In New York, even?


In fact, helicobacter pylori do inhabit the intestinal tract where they are associated with ulcers, gastritis, and cancer. The obvious question: if this stuff can be caused by microbes, can antibiotics help?


Which means that some people are getting cured.

If everything goes right.

Not so fast, though. Ever hear about antibiotic resistance? Every time we get our hopes up, there always seems to be a new disappointment. Finding out about helicobacter pylori was a great step. But efficiently rousting MISTER pylori from the gut?  Currently that means using several antibiotics as well as strong anti-acids.

Sometimes it works.

Sometimes it doesn’t.

Where to turn? How about the University of Rhode Island?


LAB ON A CHIP ( Mohammad Faghri, Dept Of Mechanical Engineering, URI )

Ever heard of the University of Rhode Island? It’s a public university in a state the size of a  parking lot.

URI seems to be having its own “Sputnik moment”, something ABC’s Christiane Amanpour (a URI graduate) calls ” a whole new era of technological, scientific.. progress”. Stanford and MIT have nothing to apologize for. Excellent centers of science and engineering. But they’re looking over their shoulders at “Rhody Tek”

A group of URI’s scientists have reduced the functionality of a medical testing lab onto a single chip. Drop of blood. Instant results. This technology  may wind up in apps for the iPhone. Android phones, too.

Another group’s figured out how to use saliva (instead of blood) to monitor immunosuppressive drugs. (Don’t see the big deal? I’m happy for you. I hope you never do.) And another group’s working on a patch for anti-tick vaccines. (I said the STATE’S small. I didn’t say the insects were.)

URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, which had a research vessel on station monitoring the BP oil spill,  has hundreds of projects cooking.

(My wife? Maybe she works at this fine institution, maybe she doesn’t. I would NEVER let something like that influence my objectivity!!!!)

What’s URI got to do with h pylori?

A group headed by Dr. Steven Moss is  developing a vaccine against helicobactoer pylori. The vaccine is delivered nasally, by the way. Yet another “sniffer”. (The work’s in the Journal Vaccine.) In addition to the researchers from URI,  Moss is working with scientists from Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, and Epivax, Inc..  In the  careful way that researchers talk, he calls this work “encouraging” but “preliminary”.

Which it is.

If everything works out, there’ll be a lot less miserable digestive tracts on this planet.


Image credit: Wikipedia commons.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

76 Responses to “URI Group Gains Against Ulcers, Gastritis”

  1. Request the wedding automobile hire for references including individuals you already know who’ve newly wedded, as they’ll advise on the marriage automotive service
    they made use of. They’ll as well as warning you about car
    hires they rejected too.

  2. Since more and more companies are using sales promotions in order
    to win consumers, it is highly essential for companies to develop integrated promotion strategies, i.
    It never ceases to amaze me how identical human physiology
    is yet how complex and versatile our thinking can be.

    However, a combination of hard work, creativity, and determination will steer you in the right direction toward a lucrative gift basket business by utilizing these ideas and understanding the start up costs for basket businesses.

  3. Employers acknowledge the significance of understanding range, and could
    have workers take part in a training program on this matter.

    By giving them the tools to deal with workplace points
    and the coaching to carry out the job in an efficient and
    efficient manner, employers are displaying their religion and support for his or her employees.
    If the discussion didn’t’ work, discover one other employer.

  4. It doesn’t matter what it is you wish to use a sewing machine
    for, I can just about assure there’s some group of individuals on the web which have already been doing
    it for years.

  5. I have read so many articles or reviews concerning the blogger
    lovers however this piece of writing is truly a pleasant piece of writing, keep it

  6. In July, it missed its chance to purchase the Monetary Instances, the august, 127-year-outdated business information writer, when it was outbid on the last second
    by Japan’s Nikkei.

  7. E-books are getting more popular since you can just carry and read
    them anywhere you go. An certificate does not mean that the car
    is roadworthy. Andrews, Old Moment In Time Punitive
    Measures (Hull, 1890).

  8. Awesome issues here. I’m very glad to see your post.
    Thank you so much and I am looking forward to touuch you.
    Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  9. Delaware residents can visit post places of work in New Fort and Newark to mail their tax returns
    as much as eight p.m. on April 15. Attorneys are encouraged to pay this tax on-line.

  10. Mejor no podia estar explicado

  11. I feel thyat is among the so much significant information for me.

    And i’m glad studying your article. But wanna observation on few general things, The site style is perfect, the articles is in reality excellent :
    D. Good process, cheers

  12. The sq. lighting look that defines Hurley’s model consists of using four fixed lights placed in a square configuration.

  13. It also depends upon whether or not you’ll present training to your college students
    as well as the kinds of tools and software that you want
    your students to make use of. In an instructor-led training session, it is very important simply
    cover the essential abilities.

  14. Voir, la grande chose sur Phen375 et les fabricants du produit est le fait que leur site officiel décrit tout ce que vous devez savoir
    sur le produit, comment il fonctionne et pourquoi cela fonctionne.

  15. There is certainlyy a lot to find out about this topic.

    I love all of the poinjts you have made.

  16. Some window cleaners in Sydney and Northern Seashores offer rain ensures for his or her work.

  17. you are in reality a good webmaster. The web site loading speed is amazing.
    It kind of feels that you are doing any
    unique trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece. you have performed a fantastic job on this subject!

  18. Utilizing prime quality unfastened leaf green tea, reasonably than tea bags, will be certain that you obtain the best levels of polyphenols and metabolism boosting
    effects. Boiling water can cook the green tea leaves, which can produce a
    bitter tea and scale back health advantages.

    Drink three to 5 cups of inexperienced tea at common intervals throughout the day.

  19. La olla viene acompañada por un libro de recetas de las cuales yo ya he hecho
    varias y han salido exquisitas.

  20. Once an insect is caught in the internet, they shake the online back and forth
    to trap it. They then attain the insect and inject venom in it by biting it.

    The prey thus gets subdued and is wrapped by the spiders with their back legs.

  21. What i do not realize is in reality how you are not really a lot more neatly-liked than you might
    be right now. You’re so intelligent. You already know therefore significantly relating to this subject, made me for my part imagine it from
    a lot of varied angles. Its like men and women are not interested except
    it’s one thing to accomplish with Woman gaga! Your personal stuffs great.
    All the time take care of it up!

  22. Nevertheless, if there is a purple or yellow risk,
    Microsoft Security Essentials will provide you with a warning and suggest what to do (you possibly
    can act straight from the notification area without having to enter the applying).

  23. I’m pretty pleased to uncover this great site.

    I want to to thank you for ones time for this wonderful read!!
    I definitely really liked every little bit of it and I have you book-marked to look at new things
    on your website.


  1. best fitbit review
  2. reviews of fitbits
  3. Shimano Rods Australia

Leave a Reply