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Did Your Gut Bacteria Evolve Over Millions of Years?

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – Some human gut bacteria may have existed for millions of years – since before the evolution of people, scientists report. Their findings suggest evolution has had a greater impact on human gut bacteria than previously known, said study co-leader Howard Ochman, a professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin. "It's surprising that our gut ...

Gut Bacteria May Hold Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted 15 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Chronic fatigue syndrome – a condition that continues to baffle doctors – may be influenced by a person's intestinal bacteria – sometimes called gut microbiome, new research finds. "Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have a different profile of bacterial species in their gut microbiome than healthy individuals," said the study's senior author, Maureen Hanson. She's ...

Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans: Report

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than $30 billion out of pocket in 2012 on chiropractors and other complementary health practitioners, as well as supplements and other forms of alternative ...

Drinking Water Pipes Full of 'Good' Bacteria

Posted 31 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 – Drinking water pipes and water treatment plants host an ecosystem of "good bacteria" that help purify the water, Swedish researchers say. Thousands of species of beneficial bacteria form a thin coating called a biofilm in water treatment plants and on the inside of water pipes. These bacteria play a much greater role in providing clean drinking water than previously ...

Diabetes Drug Improves Gut Bacteria, Study Finds

Posted 4 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 – The diabetes drug metformin appears to trigger favorable changes in intestinal bacteria, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed the intestinal bacteria populations in 784 people with and without type 2 diabetes who lived in China, Denmark and Sweden. The results showed that taking metformin had positive effects on the intestinal bacteria of people with type 2 diabetes. ...

Probiotics May Not Shield 'Preemies' From Serious Illness, Study Finds

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Probiotics don't protect very preterm infants from serious complications, such as a bowel condition called necrotizing enterocolitis, sepsis or death, according to a new study. The findings challenge previous research that suggested potential benefits from probiotics, the British researchers said. Probiotics are good bacteria found in certain foods and supplements. The ...

Newborn Probiotic Use Tied to Lower Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 11 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Adding probiotics – good bacteria – to an infant's feedings in the first month of life may reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes for those genetically predisposed to getting the disease, new research suggests. Supplementing with probiotics later in infancy didn't seem to confer the same benefit, the researchers noted. "Early probiotic exposure during the first 27 days ...

FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – You may be putting your health at risk if you use imported products such as dietary supplements or nonprescription drugs that are sold at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online. So says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a warning issued Thursday. Health product scammers often focus their marketing on people who shop at nontraditional ...

Dietary Supplements Land Thousands in the ER Each Year

Posted 14 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2015 – Side effects from dietary supplements send more than 20,000 Americans to the emergency room each year, a new government study reveals. One expert said the report – published Oct. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine – should quash arguments that herbal products, amino acids and other supplements are uniformly "safe" and need no tighter regulation. "This is the ...

Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – The presence of four types of gut bacteria in infancy may reduce a child's risk for asthma, Canadian researchers report. Most infants get these bacteria naturally from the environment. But some babies are given antibiotics that kill these bacteria, and some are not exposed to them for various reasons, the researchers said. "We now have particular markers that seem to ...

Gut Bugs May Affect Body Fat, 'Good' Cholesterol Levels

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – The size of your waistline may depend to some degree on the specific bacteria dwelling within your gut, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 900 Dutch adults, found that certain gut bacteria might help determine not only body fat levels, but also blood concentrations of HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. HDL is the "good" cholesterol that helps maintain a ...

Many Seniors With Cancer Use Alternative Medicines: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Many elderly cancer patients use alternative medicines, including some that could interfere with their treatment, a new study shows. Even though alternative medicines are marketed as "natural," many contain active ingredients that can react with other therapies, the researchers explained. The study authors also found that many of these patients don't tell their doctors ...

'Good' Bacteria Might Fight Common Hospital Infection: Study

Posted 5 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – Researchers may have found a new way to combat a stubborn and potentially deadly gut infection: a friendly version of the culprit bacteria itself. The infection, caused by the bug Clostridium difficile, is a common scourge in hospitals. And experts say the findings, published May 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are important. Toxic strains of C. ...

Certain Meds, Driving Can Be Deadly Mix: FDA

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – Thinking about taking a drive after popping some over-the-counter medications? Better check the label first, warn experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency cautions that some common nonprescription medicines can impair your ability to drive and operate other vehicles and machinery safely. Some of the most common of these drugs include certain types of ...

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