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Bacterial barriers . . . and other stories

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l466

Microbial guardians of skin health

We hear a lot about microorganisms in the functioning of the large bowel. A Perspective in Science draws attention to the skin as another organ where bacteria have an important part to play in the physiology of a barrier surface (Science doi:10.1126/science.aat4326). Staphylococcus epidermidis is one of the dominant organisms, and its interactions with keratinocytes, T cells, and other skin microorganisms contribute to skin immunity and antimicrobial defence.

Old drugs, new indications

An analysis of data from Swedish national registers discovered that rates of hospitalisation and self harm among people with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or …

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