Articles of Interest

July 16, 2014  |  by JANE E. BRODY  |  Source:

We Are Our Bacteria By JANE E. BRODY JULY 14, 2014 9:51 AM July 15, 2014 2:18 pm We may think of ourselves as just human, but we’re really a mass of microorganisms housed in a human shell. Every person alive is host to about 100 trillion bacterial cells. They outnumber human cells 10 to one and account for 99.9 percent of the unique genes in the body. Katrina Ray, a senior editor of Nature Reviews, recently suggested that the ... Read more →

April 28, 2014  |  by BY KATHRYN DOYLE  |  Source: Reuters Health

(Reuters Health) – There was little progress in reducing food poisoning rates in the U.S. last year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although Salmonella infections decreased by 9 percent in 2013, illnesses caused by other foodborne bacteria rose by as much as 32 percent. Each year, the most common foodborne illness – Salmonella – sickens about 1.2 million people in the U.S. and results in 450 deaths, according to the CDC. Recent efforts ... Read more →

March 12, 2014  |  by Scott Johnson  |  Source:

Medical professionals and scientists are scrambling to find answers to the growing crisis of superbugs and hospital-acquired infections. And according to materials released March 12, 2014, Caltech researchers suggest they may have found a viable and cost-effective answer – probiotics. Through extensive research scientists are beginning to understand the far-reaching benefits of a healthy population of gut microbes, including reducing systemic inflammation, supporting digestion, relieving inflammatory bowel diseases, aiding the immune system and influencing behavioral disorders. Consumers are also becoming ... Read more →