Bacteria found in milk can trigger rheumatoid arthritis, a disease common in women

Bacteria found in milk can trigger rheumatoid arthritis, a disease common in women

Researchers have found that a strain of bacteria commonly found in milk may be a trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis in people who are genetically at risk. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to attack a person’s joints, muscles, bones and organs. Patients suffer from pain and deformities mostly in the hands and feet. It can occur at any age but the most common onset is between 40 and 60 years old and is three times more prevalent in women. The study, published…

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Gut Bacteria May Lead to the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Gut Bacteria May Lead to the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

A healthy gut is important for your well-being. It keeps your digestive system functioning efficiently. There are various good bacteria that reside in your stomach which help in the process of digestion. They are a complex group of microorganisms that work in various ways to carry out various metabolic functions. There are also various food products that are available in the stores which can improve your gut bacteria. While the benefits of gut bacteria have been spoken about in length by health experts, a recent study brings about another side…

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Bacteria Trapped In Skin Pore Causes Acne: Study

Bacteria Trapped In Skin Pore Causes Acne: Study

Scientists have discovered that bacteria on the skin trapped in clogged pore, surrounded by oil and no air, release fatty acids that trigger inflammation known as acne, a finding that may lead to new treatments for the condition. The skin is the body’s first line of defence against invading germs. It is also constantly awash in bacteria of all kinds, and usually puts up no fight. “It’s a big puzzle as to why we tolerate all these bacteria on our skin,” said lead researcher Richard Gallo, from the University of…

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City Air Found to Have Traces of Resistant Bacteria

City Air Found to Have Traces of Resistant Bacteria

The air you breathe may contain DNA from genes that make bacteria resistant to the most powerful antibiotics developed yet, a study has found. In the study, the researchers looked for genes that make bacteria resistant to antibiotics in a total of 864 samples of DNA collected from humans, animals, and different environmentsworldwide. “In the air samples from Beijing, we found a series of genes that provide resistance to carbapenems — a group of last resort antibiotics taken for infections caused by bacteria that are often very difficult to treat,”…

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Food-Poisoning Bacteria Responsible For Crohn’s Disease: Study

Food-Poisoning Bacteria Responsible For Crohn’s Disease: Study

Individuals who retain a type of bacterium in their gut after a bout of food poisoningmay be at an increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease later in life, a study has found. Crohn’s disease is a debilitating bowel disease characterised by the inflammation of the intestines. “This is a lifelong disease that often strikes people in their early years, leading to decades of suffering, an increased risk of colorectal cancer, and an increased risk ofpremature death,” said Brian Coombes, Professor at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Using a mouse model…

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Novel device detects bacteria and suggests apt antibiotic

Novel device detects bacteria and suggests apt antibiotic

An interdisciplinary team of engineers and pharmaceutical researchers at the University of Alberta has invented a device that can rapidly identify harmful bacteria and can determine whether it is resistant to antibiotics. The device could save precious hours in patient care and public health, and prevent the spread of drug-resistant strains of bacteria. The team’s findings can help in detecting bacteria and measure their susceptibility to antibiotics in small confined volumes. The device was designed to look for and trap different types of bacteria and find out which antibiotics are…

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Obese and Lean Children Have Different Gut Bacteria

Obese and Lean Children Have Different Gut Bacteria

Children and teenagers who are obese have different microorganisms living in their digestive tract than those who are lean, according to a new study. The study finds gut microbiota or gut flora is closely related to fat distribution in children and teenagers. “Our findings show children and teenagers with obesity have a different composition of gut flora than lean youth,” said Nicola Santoro, Researcher at the Yale University in Connecticut, US. “This suggests that targeted modifications to the specific species composing the human microbiota could be developed and could help…

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Toxic bacteria found in seafood samples

Toxic bacteria found in seafood samples

The presence of E coli signifies the faecal sewage contamination in food and water. (Brian Macdonald/Getty Images) The septic waste is returning to our food. The latest indicator is the presence of toxigenic E coli in seafood samples collected from retail markets, fish farms and landing centres in Ernakulam district and neighbouring areas. The presence of E coli signifies the faecal sewage contamination in food and water. Over the past one year, around 123 samples of fish were taken and analyzed at the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), which…

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How a Healthy Gut Could Stop Obesity: Your Guide to Understanding Gut Bacteria

How a Healthy Gut Could Stop Obesity: Your Guide to Understanding Gut Bacteria

Images via iStock Recent studies suggest that Americans are working out more than ever but aren’t losing weight. Brits, on the other hand, spend billions each year to get into shape. Every two in three adults in the UK are now overweight or obese and one in five children aged 10-11 is clinically obese. It is common knowledge that daily nutrition plays an important part. What we eat is much more important than our total calorie count. However, choosing what to eat to be healthy is far from easy. We…

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Gut bacteria may cause rheumatoid arthritis

Gut bacteria may cause rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have discovered that unhealthy bacteria in your gut could be the culprit that causes rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body mistakenly attacks itself. As a result of this disease, the body breaks down tissues around joints, causing swelling that can erode bone and deform the joints. The disease can damage other parts of the body, including the skin, eyes, heart, lung and blood vessels. In a study published in the journal Genome Medicine, the researchers noted that an abundance of certain…

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