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Do Microbes Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Jill U. Adams | September 1, 2017

The once fringe idea is gaining traction among the scientific community.

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Emerging evidence links bacterial or viral infection with the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan

By Sandhya Sekar | August 28, 2017

E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 

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Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding

By Jef Akst | August 24, 2017

A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome. 

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Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons

By Abby Olena | August 24, 2017

The composition of the gut microbiota varies by time of year and is more diverse than that of industrialized groups.

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The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 24, 2017

A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.

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Plastic Munching Plankton

By The Scientist Staff | August 16, 2017

This giant larvacean can ingest microplastic pollution and poop it down to the sea floor.

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Researchers show that pinkie-size marine organisms can ingest and poop out microplastics, potentially transporting them to the depths.

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Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 16, 2017

An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India. 

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There is little evidence that full treatment durations discourage the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

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