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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

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

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

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

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

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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