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The World Within Us: "Friendly" Intestinal Bacteria Are Crucial For Good Health

We are constantly looking to preserve the world around us in order to make it a happier and healthier place, but for optimum health, it seems we need to look within.

We may not care to think about it, but we are never actually "alone": our gut plays host to around 100 trillion bacteria, or flora, at any one time, meaning...
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Why Dark Chocolate Is So Beneficial For Your Health

The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have been extolled for centuries, but the exact reason has remained a mystery –– until now. Researchers reported recently that certain bacteria in the stomach gobble the chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart.

Their findings were...
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Ancient Bacteria--Is It Dangerous?

Russian scientists may have discovered new life forms that have been sealed off for 14 million years under 12 thousand miles of ice in Lake Vostok in the Antarctic, a network of hundreds of lakes under an ice cap that acts like a blanket, trapping the Earth's geothermal heat. If the bacteria gets out...
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Bacteria in the Clouds

Researchers have discovered the presence of significant numbers of living microorganisms--mostly bacteria--in the middle and upper troposphere, the part of the atmosphere four to six miles above the Earth's surface. In other words, the clouds are filled with germs! Do they fall...
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Germs That Heal Instead of Hurt

Germs can be dangerous or benign, but now scientists are discovering ways that they can help...
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Bacteria Fights Off Viruses

There may be a good reason why our bodies are covered with bacteria: It turns out that bacteria fights off viruses.

Science Daily quotes researcher David Artis as saying, "From our studies in mice, we found that signals derived from these beneficial...
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Autism May Happen Because We're Too Clean

Autism may be caused by sperm degeneration in older dads, but it could ALSO be caused by a weakened immune system in the mother. Modern immune systems are less efficient than those in the past. Why?...
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It's Dangerous to be Too Clean

Why do we have so much bacteria all over our bodies? One reason may be that they fight off viruses. That's why it can be dangerous...
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The Five Second Rule

The hot dog that rolls off the plate, the baby’s cookie that falls on the floor, the candy bar that slides across the table--we're told we have five seconds to pick it up before it's contaminated. Is this true?

Researcher Jorge Parada says, "A dropped item is...
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Time to Get Dirty

We have a problem: We're just too clean! The rise in allergies and autoimmune diseases during the past few decades may be at least partly due to our lack of exposure to the microorganisms in dirt.

We once walked barefoot in the dirt and washed it off of our food. Now we...
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Freaks and Geeks

In 1968, a comedy called "The Odd Couple," starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, told the story of two divorced men, Felix Ungar (a neurotic neatfreak) and Oscar Madison (a fun-loving slob) who decide to live together. This is a script that plays itself out again and again as college starts and students find themselves paired with...
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Hotel Hygiene--How Clean is That Room?

Think your desk is filthy? What about your hotel room? We all hope the room we rent is clean and hygienic, but we have no way of knowing how clean it really is. If...
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Your Office is Loaded With Germs

Here's another way men and women are different: Men's offices have more bacteria than women's offices. Also, New York City offices have more germs in them that San Francisco offices (and what about the bathrooms...
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Bad Air Vents at Secret Gov. Lab May be Blowing Germs Our Way

Secret government documents and emails reveal that a $214 million CDC bioterror germ lab in Atlanta has had repeated problems with airflow systems designed to help prevent the release of infectious agents. The lab is violating basic laboratory operating...
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You're Wearing Millions of Bacteria

According to new research, a person's mere presence in a room can add 37 million bacteria to the air every hour, in the form of material left behind by previous occupants and stirred up from the floor.

Americans spend more than 90% of their time inside. Science Daily quotes environmental engineer Jordan Peccia as saying, "We...
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Think Twice Before Getting That Manicure

Thinking of getting your nails done for those holiday parties? How about a new haircut? We hate to make you paranoid (NOTE:...
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Can You Catch a Disease from Restaurant Dishes?

Can you catch the flu from your restaurant plate? It's an important question: There are 20 million cases of acute gastroenteritis and 128,000 hospitalizations a year that are attributed to food-borne illness. Food expert Melvin Pascall says, "While there...
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It's snowing bacteria!

A study of hailstones has found large numbers of bacteria at their cores. It turns out that the bacteria help create the snow and hail, since their coating of protein causes water to freeze at relatively warm temperatures. In fact, bacteria works so well that it's used in snow-making machines.
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There's a New Way to Classify People

Not by racial types--not even by blood types--but by BACTERIA types. Each human being has thousands of different species of microbes living on our bodies, but there are just THREE main...
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Bacteria Civil War

While we desperately wage war against bacteria by developing new varieties of antibiotics, there's at least SOME good news: some types of bacteria wage a kind of "civil war" against EACH OTHER. There are predators in the bacterial world that consume other bacteria, much as predators attack prey in the animal world. Some of these predator...
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What STINKS?!

Bacteria can be dangerous, but they can also be useful. New research has discovered that these tiny life forms have a sense of smell. Could this be used to keep away the ones we DON'T want?

Scientists have demonstrated that a bacterium commonly found in soil can smell and react to ammonia in the air. Bacteria have already shown that...

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Bacteria Power

In the wake of the oil spill catastrophe, researchers are searching harder than ever for energy alternatives. It turns out that Bacteria can help clean up the spill and it can also play a part in our use of solar energy in the future.

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It Can be Dangerous to be Clean

Toilet seats are safer than most people think they are, but it turns out that showers can be dangerous.

A film of bacteria clings to the inside of most shower heads and is pushed out by the water when you take a shower, meaning you get a large dose of warm germs. Shower heads can contain as much as 100 times the levels of bacteria found...

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Plan Ahead

If BACTERIA do it, you can too! Bacteria can anticipate a future event and prepare for it. A group of researchers in the US and Israel worked together to examine microorganisms living in environments that change in predictable ways. Their findings show that these microorganisms' genetic networks are hard-wired to "foresee" what comes next in...

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Will Melting Glaciers Release Dangerous Germs?

We once wrote about what might happen if melting glaciers release long-frozen bacteria. Now it's happening: a recent microbe that has been frozen in ice in Greenland for over 120,000 years has finally melted. Studying this could give scientists a clue about what might happen when we encounter germs on other planets.

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Survival of the Smartest?Bacteria

Microbes and humans share a long history of interaction, and the most successful microbes are those that inhabit but do not kill their host, although sometimes they make us so miserable, we almost wish they would. This probably happened because certain microbes and humans evolved together and along the way, they established complex strategies...

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The Problem With Dining in Space

Not only can we get bacteria FROM space, when we take it with us INTO space, it becomes MORE dangerous!

When salmonella bacteria (which we most commonly catch from raw chicken) was flown into space in special sealed test tubes, it became MORE POWERFUL. It was three times more likely to kill mice than the regular kind of salmonella found...

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Germs in Your Home: Zap 'em!

Numerous tests have shown that kitchen counters contain more germs that almost anywhere else in the house. Microwave ovens are good for more than just warming leftovers; they may also help protect your family from getting sick.

University of Florida engineering researchers have found that microwaving wet kitchen sponges and plastic...

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Your Hotel is Sick?and Can Make You Sick Too!

We recently wrote about a superbug detector, which will mostly be used in hospitals, where antibiotic-resistant superbugs lurk. Maybe we should use these germ revealing wipes in hotel rooms, because it turns out that the average hotel room is horribly contaminated!

A group of researchers found that adults infected with the virus that...

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How to Use Viruses & Bacteria in a GOOD Way

We've updated you on the AIDS virus and the bird flu virus and both are frightening. But scientists are actually finding GOOD ways to use bacteria and viruses?in toothpaste and cold cuts!

LiveScience.com reports that chewing gum, toothpaste and deodorant might soon contain beneficial bacteria to fight tooth decay and odor. Researchers...

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