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Thursday, February 19, 2015

2/19/15 Health News: A Superbug Nightmare--Microbes prevent malnutrition--Winter weather depriving vitamin D-- Type 2 diabetes caused worse scores cognitive testing--Gut Microbes ro9le in obesity

A Superbug Nightmare Is Playing Out at an LA Hospital  In today's terrifying health news, the LA Times reports that two medical scopes used at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center may have been contaminated with the potentially deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae  Two patients have died and authorities believe that 179 more patients have been exposed. Continue Reading
Microbes prevent malnutrition in fruit flies, and maybe humans, too A new study sheds significant new light on a surprising and critical role that microbes may play in nutritional disorders such as protein malnutrition. Continue Reading
Winter weather depriving city dwellers of vitamin D Residents of snowy, northern U.S. cities are at risk of vitamin D deficiency and worse, may not even know it. During Buffalo's winter months, nearly 50 percent of people have insufficient amounts of vitamin D and 25 percent may be considered deficient. Continue Reading
Type 2 diabetes linked to worse performance on cognitive testing Type 2 diabetes is associated with worse performance on cognitive tests measuring abilities involved in the control of emotions, behaviors and thought, says a new study Continue Reading.
Mapping the gut microbiome to better understand its role in obesity Several recent science studies have claimed that the gut microbiome -- the diverse array of bacteria that live in the stomach and intestines -- may be to blame for obesity. But one expert says it is not that simple. Continue Reading

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