Ingredients in Reishi mushrooms can alter gut bacteria in the stomach, according to researchers, reversing the symptoms of obesity in mice, including weight gain and insulin resistance.
Blue Bell ice cream had evidence of listeria bacteria in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant as far back as March 2013, a government investigation released Thursday says. The company then continued to ship ice cream produced in that plant after what the Food and Drug Administration says was inadequate cleaning.
WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly. Continue reading
Robert Koch’s greatest evening unfolded 133 years ago today, when he solved the riddle that had plagued doctors for centuries: what, exactly, caused tuberculosis? Continue reading
Scientists in New York recently searched the city’s subway system and found all kinds of germs that could cause everything from the common cold to meningitis. Dr. Christopher Mason, a geneticist at Weill Cornell Medical College who headed the study, joins Alison Stewart to discuss the study’s implications on the public health system. Continue reading
For thousands of years, Arctic grasses and plants have taken carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When the plants die, they are frozen in the tundra soil, making a vault of trapped carbon. As the planet warms, the vault is opening, as microbes prepare to feast on the thawed plants and release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Continue reading
Ebola remains at the forefront of public safety concerns, but there are a number of illnesses that pose a far greater health risk. Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Dr. William Schaffner, the chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University on the six other diseases that threaten the public. Continue reading
A recent study by Duke University found that carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a superbug with a mortality rate of nearly 50 percent, is on the rise. Continue reading
If you believe that all living things need oxygen to breathe, you’re not only wrong, but hopelessly human-centric. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Most mammals are biased toward multicellular organisms. It’s true that humans, along with mammals, birds, … Continue reading
Drug-resistant bacteria are difficult to treat, even deadly. But instead of pummeling the bugs with drugs, what if you could soak them up with a sponge? That’s what engineer Liangfang Zhang at the University of California San Diego is trying to do. Continue reading