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Certain beers are ‘very good for you’ and improve gut health, according to a Dutch scientist

“Those of us who advocate good health know it’s very difficult for people to stop at one” writes Olivia Petter for businessinsider.com. Certain beers could be considered “very healthy” thanks to the amount of gut-friendly bacteria they contain, according to scientists specializing in gut health.This strain of yeast produces acids that kill harmful bacteria in the gut that can make us ill.Presenting his research at an event held by probiotic drink maker Yakult, Claassen said that unlike most mainstream beers, which go through a single fermentation process, these beers are…

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Smartphones Covered In Bacteria, Dirtier Than Bathroom!

“Keyboards can harbor lots of bacteria, and while 48% of Americans regularly eat lunch at their desk, only one in three clean their desk once a week” writes View John’s Article for studyfinds.org. Well, according to the research team, essentially all forms of public transit are probably dirtier, and harboring more bacteria, than your bathroom. Source: studyfinds.org

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Some gut bacteria may increase bowel cancer risk, research suggests

“The team said the findings back up previous research suggesting bacteria are more common in those with bowel cancer” writes Nicola Davis for theguardian.com. The team found 13 genetic variants each linked to variations in a different type of gut bacteria.But since genetic makeup is set at the start of life, the study suggests these bacteria could be playing a role in actually causing bowel cancer. Source: theguardian.com

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Chemicals released by bacteria may help gut control the brain, mouse study suggests

“Gut bacteria appear to influence everything from depression to autism” writes Elizabeth Pennisi for sciencemag.org. David Artis, an immunologist and microbiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, wondered whether gut bacteria played any role in the learning and forgetting responses.In addition, the team identified substantial changes in the amounts of four chemicals produced by the gut microbes that may help keep the fear-forgetting part of the brain in shape.He and colleagues treated mice with antibiotics to totally rid them of the bacteria in their gut, collectively known as…

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Legionella bacteria still turning up in Fostrian Flushing water

“FLUSHING, MI — The most recent testing shows Legionella bacteria remains in he water system at Heartland Health Care Center — Fostrian in Flushing, and the owner of the skilled nursing facility is planning to add a secondary disinfectant system” writes Ron Fonger for mlive.com. One of those cases resulted in the death of a patient at Fostrian, health officials have said previously.Although Legionella bacteria is found naturally in freshwater, like lakes and streams, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can become a health concern when…

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‘Plastic Eating’ Bacteria Discovered By Indian Researchers Might Be What The World Needs Right Now

“Speaking of new discovery, research led by Noida professor uncovered a new strain of bacteria while exploring wetlands that come with special and unique property of eating plastic, news agency PTI reported” writes Natasha Mathur for mashable.com. She further added that you can find rich microbial diversity at wetlands which makes them a great source of isolating bacteria with advanced biotechnological applications. Source: mashable.com

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Caesarean babies have different gut bacteria, microbiome study finds

“Babies born by caesarean section have different gut bacteria to those delivered vaginally, the most comprehensive study to date on the baby microbiome has found” writes Hannah Devlin for theguardian.com. Breastfeeding also had an impact on gut bacteria, the study found, but played a more minor role.However, in the future it may become routine to administer a dose of bacteria to babies born through caesarean.The study showed that babies born vaginally pick up most of their initial dose of bacteria from their mother, while C-section babies have more bugs linked…

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Feces is contaminating the American River. Sacramento wants to know where it’s coming from

“A stretch of the American River in Northern California contains significant levels of E. coli bacteria, a sign of fecal contamination, according to Sacramento County officials” writes Alejandra Reyes-velarde Is for latimes.com. The bacteria live in the intestines of healthy people and animals and can be found in feces, but officials aren’t sure where the E. coli in the American River is originating. Source: latimes.com

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Bacteria developing new ways to resist antibiotics, doctors warn

“Bacteria are increasingly developing ways of resisting antibiotics, threatening a future in which patients could become untreatable, doctors have warned” writes Denis Campbell for theguardian.com. The changes in bacteria are driven by genetics and mean they become able to repel even entire types of “last resort” antibiotics, including carbapenems and colistin. Source: theguardian.com

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