Bacteria

You're Probably Showering Way Too Often for Your Microbiome

Too much of a good thing...?<p>Did you shower this morning? Yeah? Gross.<p>Ok, I confess, I showered this morning too. But I feel pretty weird about …

Microbiome

Healthy Friday: 10 natural antibiotics waging war against superbugs

As we developed ways of fighting harmful bacteria in our bodies, the bacteria were simultaneously developing ways to fight back.<p>Ways to deal with the …

Antibiotics

Diet soda drinkers are more likely to get these horrible diseases

Guzzling as little as one diet soda a day could put people at higher risk for serious diseases, according to a troubling new study.<p>Those who drank at …

Dementia

The Right Chemistry: Why eating fibre matters

“Eat your fruits and vegetables!” A common refrain from frustrated parents as they watch their kids disdainfully play with the peas and carrots on …

Canadian News

Gut bacteria may protect infants from intestinal infection

Gastroenteritis is one of the main causes of death in children under 5 years old, leading to 2.5 million deaths annually, with younger infants being …

Biology

The Case For Breastfeeding Toddlers

Nature Knows Best. Mothers in traditional societies breastfeed their children well into their toddler years, and there is good reason for it. The …

Pregnancy

Crop probiotics: how more science and less hype can help Australian farmers

Australian farmers are at risk of missing out on a global boom in “crop probiotics”, because lax regulations make it less likely the supplements they …

Agriculture

The bizarre biology of the naked mole rat means oxygen is a bonus

Scientists have just discovered it’s because of a weird metabolic switch<p>Naked mole rats are tough creatures — they can withstand cancer, pain, and even survive 18 minute stretches without any oxygen. And now, scientists have a better idea of how the super rodents can survive that long without …

Biology

Severe intestinal diseases increasing in Canadian children

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Canada has one of the world’s highest rates of childhood inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), with new diagnoses increasing the most among Canadian children younger than 5, new research has found.<p>The rate of IBD among these younger children rose by more than 7 percent per …

Public Health

Fountain of Poop? Fish Study Hints at Microbes' Role in Aging

Poop may hold the secret to preserving youth — at least for some fish.<p>In a recent study, scientists discovered that older fish lived longer when they …

Microbiome

Autoimmune Disease "Comes From the Gut and Is Cured in the Gut"—Here's How

We'll be the first to admit that the health-and-wellness world is peppered with short-lived trends. But unlike the rise of unicorn food and …

Autoimmune Diseases

You, Your Microbiome, and Parkinson’s Disease

You’ve probably been hearing about the amazing community of tiny life forms that colonize our gastrointestinal tract. It’s called the “gut …

Nutrition

Bacteriophages, natural drugs to combat superbugs

<b>Phage hunting</b><p>“I have a number of phages in my lab, but none of them killed the antibiotic-resistant <i>E. coli</i> we were working on – the sequence type 131 …

Medicine

Study Traces Birth and Death Life Cycle of Neurons in the Gut: Mouse Study

<i>Summary: Researchers report a healthy adult gut can lose and regenerate one third of its neurons on a weekly basis.</i><p>Source: Johns Hopkns</b> …

Neuroscience

Probiotic yogurt benefits vary, study finds

Results should be interpreted with caution, co-author warns<p>It's a daunting aisle in the supermarket filled with tubs of yogurt. Before you grab one, …

Yogurt

We talked to a microbiologist about whether probiotics have a true effect on skin

You’d have to be living under a rock to not have at least heard of caught wind of the growing trend of probiotics. While probiotics themselves have …

Skin Care

Chaining up diarrhea pathogens

Vaccinations are known to protect against pathogens such as bacteria or viruses. They direct the body to form protective antibodies (IgA), and have …

Biology

Hacking your microbiome with DIY fecal transplants

Biohacker Josiah Zayner suffered from persistent digestive problems so he decided to undertake an extreme self-experiment: He isolated himself in a …

Microbiome

Darwin's Pet

DIET AND A WELL-BALANCED GUT MICROBIOME<p>By Steve Brown, The Balance Guy<p>A well-balanced gut microbiome is important for the health of our dogs. In this …

Microbiome

‘Still quite a long way to go before this replaces our current antibiotics’

A NEW take on a revolutionary gene-editing technology called CRISPR-Cas9 could help combat the spread of drug resistant superbugs, scientists …

Genetics

5 Simple Steps to Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome Without Drugs

Imagine having a condition with symptoms so severe that you can’t leave the house, yet your doctor calls it a “functional,” or “psychosomatic,” …

Wellness

Intestinal bacteria may protect against diabetes

Medical research suggests that a high concentration of indolepropionic acid in serum helps to protect a person against type 2 diabetes. …

Diabetes

Gut Feeling Might Help You Make Better Decisions

Have you ever been struck by a feeling of uncertainty or caution when going about your day? You could be walking down the street, totally normal, …

Emotions

Scientists engineer human-germ hybrid molecules to attack drug-resistant bacteria

Inspired by viruses that attack and kill bacteria, researchers at The Rockefeller University have created an entirely new weapon against …

Biology

Are heartburn medicines linked to a serious gut infection?

The pills you take to control heartburn and suppress stomach acid may be linked to increased risk of a serious gut infection. A study published late last month in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that people who take commonly used prescription and over-the-counter indigestion medicines such as …

Medicine

We just found out about yet another reason to always wear a condom, and you’ve probably never heard about it

When we talk about safe sex, the necessity of wearing a condom is usually emphasized — and obviously for good reason. Apart from preventing unwanted …

Microbiome

The Romberg ratio in people with multiple sclerosis.

Postural control relies on the integration of inputs from the visual, somatosensory and vestibular systems which are frequently impaired in people …

Physiotherapy

Komodo dragon blood could be key to life-saving antibiotic

Leapin’ lizards — Komodo dragon blood could save lives!<p>Researchers at George Mason University created a synthetic version of an antimicrobial …

Crohn’s Disease: Why Do I Feel This Way?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic, autoimmune disorder that affects someone’s entire gastrointestinal tract (GI). Because it’s an inflammatory condition, …

Medicine

The Week Dr. John Snow Saved London (And The Rest Of Us) From Cholera

Cholera was the great scourge of the 19th century. From 1817 to 1917, more than 40 million people worldwide died from the bacterial infection. One …

Cholera