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This Tasty Spice Might Help Us Kill Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs

Superbugs: bacteria that may one day resist any antibiotic thrown at it. Reading that sentence doesn’t sound that scary. But when you consider we’ve only been in antibiotic era for 89 years… and conservative estimates indicate antibiotics have likely saved more than 300 million peoples lives in that time… you can see why losing to antibiotic superbugs would be a big deal. The problem with superbugs is we can’t just try more antibiotics to defeat them. We’ve got to figure out other ways to kill them… or we’ve got to at least find ways to help antibiotics fight bacteria so they don’t become resistant to other rounds of treatment. Fortunately pioneering researchers are always searching for new ways to help beat bacteria. And...

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Probiotics May Help You Lose Weight?

  Did you know the size of your belly, thighs, and other parts of your body may be tied to the amount of bacteria in your body? The truth is, as we study probiotics more and more, we’ve come to find they might be directly linked to your weight.   And by getting probiotics into your body, you might be able to lose weight in a way you never have before.  Which is funny when you think about it...because 20 years ago it’s unlikely any of you reading this would have gone out of your way to get some extra bacteria in your diet. And you would surely have thought bacteria would make you gain weight, as opposed to helping you lose it.  But...

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Pets + Babies + What?

  Are you a dog person or a cat person? Neither? Maybe you like goldfish...snakes...parakeets...or pet llamas… Or, maybe you’re not much of a pet person at all. If that’s the case, I don’t blame you. Pets are certainly a big obligation. Between feeding them, bathing them (I guess fish are already pre-bathed...), and paying their medical bills, they can be a real hassle. And while pets are great to have around for all kinds of reasons, a new medical study shows they might actually help increase your health. ...If you’re a small child that is. A recent study indicates the presence of furry animals in the household of an infant can help to increase his/her resistance to allergies later in life. This study...

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Bacteria For Better Sleep?

America is a great nation. We've done some pretty amazing things since we became a country in 1776.For example, we always win the most gold medals at the Olympics, we were the first in flight, and we were the first to the moon. However, while we lead the world in quite a few notable areas, we stink at being good sleepers. Americans are NOT the best sleepers in the world. According to a Gallup poll in 2013, 40% of Americans get less than the recommended amount of sleep.The reason?Well, there isn't one reason exactly, but one of the most obvious is stress. The American Psychological Association reported 47% of American adults say stress is the main reason they can't get to sleep. And worse...

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We Might Have Found Out What Triggers This Awful Disease

A revolutionary study may have discovered what causes Crohn's disease, which is one of the most debilitating digestive issues medical professionals deal with continuously. Evidence supports the theory that something living inside of Crohn's sufferers is causing their tremendous pain and irregular bowel activity. As you likely know, trillions and trillions of live bacteria, viruses, and other organisms live inside our bodies. Many of these organisms simply exist and don't affect us one way or another. Some of them are actually quite helpful to our health (i.e. probiotics, which help promote stomach health). However, some are responsible for diseases that can harm or kill you.While most people know bacteria live inside us, most people don't know fungi do.It turns out a certain strain of...

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