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Breast Milk, Formula Affect Baby's 'Microbiome' in Different Ways

Posted 12 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – Breast milk and infant formula both encourage the growth of similar types of bacteria in a baby's digestive system, but the bacteria from the two forms of food work differently, researchers report. These differences could have health effects that are currently unclear, according to the researchers. Good bacteria in the digestive tract play an important role in health by ...

Health Tip: Protect Your Food From Hurricane Threats

Posted 15 Oct 2018 by

-- Lengthy power outages are often unwanted headaches left in the wake of hurricanes and other severe storms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following ways to prepare for unpredictable weather by having key supplies available: Containers of ice to keep food cold, or to melt if water supply is contaminated or unavailable. Coolers, frozen gel packs and dry ice to keep ...

AHA: Some Gut Germs May Help Recovery After Heart Attack

Posted 9 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The tiny microbes located inside the intestines could play a critical role in heart attack recovery, according to a new study that found gut bacteria helpful in repairing the damage after a heart attack. But the study was conducted in laboratory mice and scientists say far more research needs to be done before similar findings can be applied ...

Can a 'Noah's Ark' of Microbes Save the World's Health?

Posted 4 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 – To safeguard human health in the future, researchers envision creation of a "Noah's Ark" of beneficial human microbes. The human microbiome includes trillions of microscopic organisms that live in and on our bodies, and benefit our health in a number of ways, according to the authors of the proposal. But antibiotics, processed-food diets and other modern harms have led ...

Deep Space Travel May Damage GI Tract, Animal Study Shows

Posted 1 Oct 2018 by

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 – Deep space travel has been shown to harm astronauts' eyes, muscles, hearts and immune systems. Now, new animal research suggests that venturing beyond Earth's protective atmosphere could also damage their gastrointestinal tracts. "We have documented the effects of deep space radiation on some vital organs, but we believe that similar damage responses may occur in many ...

Probiotics: Don't Believe the Hype?

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – They're sold everywhere, but can probiotics – the good bacteria found in some foods like yogurt and in supplements – really help restore digestive health? Maybe, but only for some people, new research suggests. The Israeli researchers found that some people's digestive systems held on to the probiotics given in a supplement. But in others, the body expelled the good ...

Health Tip: Food Safety for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

-- Pregnant women and newborns are more vulnerable to foodborne illness than others, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. Here are the agency's suggestions for pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid foodborne illness: Clean hands and surfaces often. Separate foods to avoid spreading contamination. Cook foods to proper temperature. Use a meat thermometer when appropriate. Chill foods ...

Is a Health Secret Hiding in Your Infant's Diapers?

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 – Could baby poop hold the key to a healthy gut? A new study suggests that might be the case. An analysis of fecal samples collected from the diapers of 34 healthy infants identified 10 strains of gut bacteria that may boost the body's production of short-chain fatty acids. "Short-chain fatty acids are a key component of good gut health," explained lead investigator Hariom ...

More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in South Korea

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – With the Winter Olympics set to start Friday, South Korean officials are scrambling to find the source of a nasty stomach infection called norovirus that has sickened 128 people so far. South Korean health officials said Thursday that the new cases included members of the Pyeongchang Olympics Organizing Committee, as well as on-site personnel and cafeteria workers. This ...

Health Tip: Understanding Probiotics

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by

-- Probiotics are live microorganisms (such as bacteria) that are sold as supplements, included in topically-applied skin creams and added to food products such as yogurt. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any health claims for probiotics. But the some people take probiotics for potential health benefits. The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this information about ...

Human Gut Germs Dictated by Diet

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – What you eat, or don't eat, affects the mix of germs in your digestive tract, new research indicates. Thousands of microbial species thrive in the human intestine, helping people digest fiber and make vitamins and other molecules. They also help strengthen the immune system and protect against potentially harmful bacteria, Stanford University School of Medicine ...

Popular Heartburn Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

Posted 19 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – Widely used heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors do not appear to increase Alzheimer's disease risk, according to a new study. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are commonly used proton pump inhibitors. Two previous studies reported a higher risk of dementia among people who took the drugs, which are commonly used by older adults. Proton pump inhibitors work by ...

Can Your Heartburn Meds Shorten Your Life?

Posted 4 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 3, 2017 – Popular heartburn medications like Nexium, Prilosec or Prevacid may increase your risk of early death when taken for extended periods, a new study suggests. Further, the longer you take these drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the greater your risk of early death, said senior researcher Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly. He is a kidney specialist and assistant professor of ...

Could a High IQ Mean a Longer Life?

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – A high IQ might do more than help you garner good grades: New research suggests it might also lengthen your life. Scottish researchers analyzed data on nearly 66,000 people who were born in that country in 1936, took an IQ test at age 11, and were followed up to age 79 or death. The investigators discovered that children with high IQs were more likely to live longer ...

High-Intensity Exercise May Be Bad for the Bowels

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – When it comes to stomach discomfort during exercise, forget that old adage "no pain, no gain." New research suggests that excessive strenuous exercise may lead to gut damage. "The stress response of prolonged vigorous exercise shuts down gut function," said lead author Ricardo Costa. "The redistribution of blood flow away from the gut and towards working muscles creates ...

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