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
I’m back raving and ranting about bad science writing. (And here, you thought I’d said my piece a few weeks ago, when I carried on about fake news in science!) Sorry. I need an outlet to vent, and this is it. Lucky you. A big news item in medical science/health came out last week. The … More Omega 3s – The Controversy…or Another Judy Rant
Last month I wrote about bacteriophages (phages, for short) and Parkinson’s Disease. If you remember, a phage is a virus that kills bacteria. Those researchers found an abnormally high number of phages had killed off good Lactobaccillus in PD patients: ““The depletion of Lactococcus due to high numbers of strictly lytic phages in PD patients … More Phages and Autoimmune Diseases
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?
I have written before about the work of Dr. Jamie Lorimer, of Oxford University. I was very excited yesterday when a friend sent me his newest paper, which examines the history of the helminth/human relationship[i] A few favorite parts to share with you: When we first discovered germs, medical science came to view anything not … More Do Our Helminths Make Us Human?
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 Preventing C.Difficile with Probiotics
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
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
Late last week, there was a little review of the evils of antibiotic use in pregnant woman and babies in the Australian version of The Conversation.[i] An incredible statistic: apparently half of Australian infants get at least one round of antibiotics by their first birthday – one of the highest rates in the world. Most … More Some Remarkable Antibiotic Facts