A Horror Story: How Leeches Helped Uncover a Terrible Truth About Antibiotic Resistance

This story[i] knocked my socks off.   Read on if you like horror stories. Dr. Joerg Graf at the University of Connecticut is a specialist in the microbiome of leeches, which contains only two major types of bacteria.  In 2011 though, one of his graduate students was having difficulty getting one of these, Aeromonas, to grow … More A Horror Story: How Leeches Helped Uncover a Terrible Truth About Antibiotic Resistance

GMO Probiotics?

A corollary truth to the conclusion of my last post, “Mother Nature knows best,” is that tinkering with her finely tuned system can cause massive changes downstream.  There’s definitely a biological butterfly effect to consider. (For those not familiar, the Butterfly Effect is defined as “The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how … More GMO Probiotics?

A simple study for today’s post but also, a really, really, REALLY important one. Researchers at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia did a meta-analysis, covering 6,851 patients,  looking at whether or not giving a multi-strain probiotic reduces the incidence of Clostridia difficile infection (C.diff) in adults and children taking antibiotics.[i] I wrote about this hellish … More

Good Bacteria, Bad Bacteria and Disease

A very interesting article appeared today in The Conversation[i] about research just published in Nature Communications. It is written by the paper’s senior author, Dr. Claire Steves, of King’s College in London.  Using the more-than 2700 medical profiles in the TwinsUK cohort (a group of older British twins who volunteered their medical information for the … More Good Bacteria, Bad Bacteria and Disease

Eating Fiber During Pregnancy…Likely a Really Good Idea

Ok,  on Tuesday I promised you a markedly less depressing post next time.  So here goes!  (And please note irresistibly cute, happy photo of little piglets included…) A funny little coincidence this morning…. (But first, a quick primer on fiber, which I talk about regularly on this blog as its importance cannot be understated: Fiber … More Eating Fiber During Pregnancy…Likely a Really Good Idea