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What to Know About Prebiotics and Probiotics

Even at our cleanest, we are covered in germs and we are full of germs. It’s okay! That’s totally normal. These microorganisms are essential to our health. You probably don’t need to mess with them, but if you’d like to try, the terms to know are prebiotics and probiotics. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Stop Feeding Your Pets Raw Meat

An emerging trend among pet owners is the practice of feeding dogs and cats raw meat. This idea is that we should put our domestic cats and dogs on diets that more closely approximate what they might eat in nature. New research from Europe shows the surprising degree to which germs and parasites can be […]

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All About Flesh-Eating Bacteria, the Bacteria That … Well, You Know

In one of the world’s many injustices, two people who rescued others during Hurricane Harvey developed infections with “flesh eating” bacteria. Another person, a woman who fell and broke her arm in the flood, developed a similar infection so bad that she died from it. Fortunately, their stories are rare.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Apple Cider Vinegar Isn’t the Miracle Elixir It’s Cracked Up to Be

Apple cider vinegar has been a multipurpose folk remedy for decades, touted as a disinfectant, a natural way to replenish skin and hair, and a superfood with all kinds of benefits. Science has backed a few of these purposes, for vinegar in general, but the observable results are pretty meh.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Athlete Poop Won’t Improve Your Athletic Performance

The human body isn’t just your cells, but a home for trillions of bacteria. We know that many of those bacteria serve important purposes, and imbalances or a lack of diversity could lead to illness. But research into this field is pretty new. At least, new enough that you shouldn’t just transplant someone else’s gut…Read […]

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Sex, Poop, and Champagne Are Great, But Their Health Benefits Are Overrated

Welcome back to our health news roundup, previously What to Worry About This Week. We’ve renamed it to Dose of Reality because health news isn’t always giving you things to worry about. Sometimes it’s benefits, rather than risks, that are overhyped. This week we’re looking at studies that seem to hold the key to…Read more… […]

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Space-Mutated Bacteria Could Be Bad News For Humans

A new experiment shows that long-term exposure to microgravity affects bacteria at the genetic level—conferring reproductive advantages that persist even after the bacteria is reintroduced to unaffected colonies and normal levels of gravity here on Earth.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Are Vitamin Supplements Killing Our Gut Bacteria?

We consume all sorts of things before really knowing how they’re going to affect us, including probiotics and dietary supplements. But given how preliminary our understanding of our gut bacteria is, it’s very likely that some supplements can work in direct opposition of others. For instance, vitamin A might kill a…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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