Taking antibiotics triples the risk of childhood IBD, study warns

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CHICAGO — Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a very prevalent gastrointestinal condition that usually results in chronic abdominal pain or discomfort. For children, a new study reveals that they are more vulnerable to this condition if they take antibiotics or consume a typical Western diet starting at a young age. While wealth often equates to …

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Gut health breakthrough: Scientists move closer to creating antibiotics with fewer side-effects


COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Scientists may be on the verge of developing an antibiotic with fewer side-effects, such as nausea, indigestion, bloating, and diarrhea. Researchers have identified compounds that could potentially reduce these side-effects, paving the way for an antidote that preserves specific microbes without impeding the eradication of harmful bacteria by antibiotics. Antibiotics often eliminate …

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New spray prevents deadly antibiotic-resistance infections for up to 48 hours

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Scientists with the World Health Organization (WHO) consider antibiotic resistance one of the top ten threats to public health. Although certain strains of bacteria continue build up a tolerance to various medications, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology are developing a new spray that not only works for wound care and other …

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Antibiotics in wastewater and sewage contaminating global waterways, boosting drug-resistant superbugs

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SOLNA, Sweden — Antibiotic residues in wastewater and sewage works are contributing to antibiotic resistance, a new study warns. The findings are a threat to human health worldwide as antibiotic resistance could make common medications useless against more resilient strains of bacteria. Researchers in Sweden found the residue of 92 antibiotics in the West Pacific …

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Dairy drinkers more likely to buy cow’s milk with low or no antibiotics

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ITHACA, New York– The non-dairy industry has bulldozed its way into the food market in recent years, largely due to animal welfare and health implications of repeated antibiotic exposure through injections that cows receive. In fact, a new Cornell University study reports that consumers are more willing to purchase cow’s milk if the cows are …

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Taking probiotics while on antibiotics could protect your gut microbiome

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FORT WORTH, Texas — People on antibiotics may benefit from taking probiotics at the same time, according to new research. The “good bacteria” protects gut health, reducing the risk of diarrhea and other side-effects, according to researchers from the U.S. and Mexico. “Like in a human community, we need people that have different professions because …

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Common chemical in household products found in sewage — may be causing rise in antibiotic resistance

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TORONTO, Ontario — A common, bacteria-fighting ingredient in soaps, toothpastes, and cleaning products may be the reason for the recent increase in antibiotic-resistant germs. Researchers from the University of Toronto discovered that triclosan is the predominant antibiotic sitting in Canada’s sewage sludge. With so much of the chemical floating around in local water treatment plants, …

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