Your appendix serves an important biological purpose

Appendix has historically been viewed as a vestigial organ with no real function. But new research suggests it may actually be protecting beneficial bacteria living in the gut

Your appendix serves an important biological purposeThe appendix, notorious for its tendency to become inflamed or even rupture, has historically been viewed as a vestigial organ with no real function. But new research supports the idea that the appendix may indeed serve a purpose: to protect beneficial bacteria living in the gut. Heather F. Smith, PhD, associate professor at Midwestern University […]

Are probiotic foods a waste of time?

Are you stocking the pond but starving the fish? When it comes to a healthy gut, prebiotics may be way more important than probiotics

Are probiotic foods a waste of time?Probiotic foods and supplements are among the fastest growing sectors in the health food marketplace, thanks to an explosion of popular and scientific interest in the “microbiome.” It’s clear that the bacteria that live in and on our bodies have an enormous impact on our health—one that we are only just beginning to explore. But […]

Probiotics: Eating some bacteria can make you stay healthy, here’s how

Researchers select live bacteria that are good for health and make patients eat them. These bacteria aid immune system in killing the harmful bacteria that might lead to colon cancer

Probiotics: Eating some bacteria can make you stay healthy, here’s howIn a new study, researchers have revealed that they can improve one’s health using probiotics or live bacteria and it can even be used to prevent colon cancer. Not only colon cancer, the new method can be applied to protect us from several other diseases. Colorectal cancer (CRC), also known as bowel cancer, is the […]

Did you know, bacteria and parasites invoke sexual attraction within you?

Behind our sexual impulses — who we feel attracted to and why — complex biological interactions help determine our feelings, our obsessions, our repulsions

Did you know, bacteria and parasites invoke sexual attraction within you?Science journalist Kathleen McAuliffe explains how many of the mating habits we take for granted are influenced by infectious diseases, parasites in our gut, and our bodily scent (which is actually determined by our immune system). Our general attraction to people with clear complexions, for example, results from an instinctual aversion to bacteria (which cause pimples […]