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There isn’t just one good reason to avoid the flu shot – there are 10

In case you haven’t noticed, every Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS in the country is once again in fear-mongering mode when it comes to pushing their customers to get the flu shot.

How to use essential oils to increase your odds of survival in almost any situation

Your body is continuously fighting for your survival even if you’re just living your normal life.

Gut reaction: Repeated mild food poisoning triggers chronic disease

Small bacterial infections that may go unnoticed and which the body easily clears without treatment, such as occurs during mild food poisoning, nevertheless can start a chain of events that leads to chronic inflammation and potentially life-threatening colitis.

Use of probiotics found to improve soil microbial activity, biomass, and enzymatic activity

Researchers from the University of Missouri revealed that probiotics can be used to enhance soil quality. The findings of the study were published in the journal Agroforestry Systems.

Could Engineered Bacteria Implanted into Human Skin Produce Insulin?

Microscopic organisms can do amazing stuff. Yeast is instrumental in baking bread and brewing beer. Bacteria make yogurt. And now, thanks to synthetic biology, they might be the key that unlocks a revolutionary treatment for type 1 diabetes.

“Bacteria are excellent at doing things, and we understand these things,” says Dr. Yo Suzuki, a synthetic biologist at the J. Craig Venter Institute. “And one of those things we are exploring is if we can get bacteria to produce insulin.”

Taking on Superbugs, Syphilis and Gonorrhoeae with Iodine

Time Magazine reported that this week marks one year since world leaders met at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City in 2016 and unanimously committed to tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The risks of not doing so were clear: a recent report estimated that if AMR continued to spread at its current rate, there would be up to 10 million deaths globally by 2050.

The surprising connection between gut bacteria, probiotics and heart health

Researchers are crediting the gut microbiota, a community of microorganisms in the body’s digestive tract, with the ability to help prevent such serious conditions as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and bowel disease. Now, new research points to the possibility that beneficial gut bacteria may help combat cardiovascular disease as well. In fact, when it comes to protecting your heart, the maintenance of healthy gut bacteria could be one of the most underrated and overlooked factors for cardiovascular health.

Should You Microwave Your Underwear? A Look at the Best Ways to Get Bacteria Out of Clothes

Washing your clothes may not be as harmless as you might imagine. Detergents deposit toxic chemicals in your washing machine, on your clothes and into the environment. However, on the opposite side, wearing clothing riddled with bacteria and soaked in sweat is not a healthy answer either.

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