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Bacteria in guts of elderly differ from those of the young

We are teeming with microscopic life. Scientists recently reported on the billions of bacteria and fungi that grow inside us, finding a lot of diversity from person to person — and from spot to spot on the human body.

Those findings were in 242 young adults (ages 18 to 40) in exceptionally good health. Even gum disease was grounds for exclusion, as we noted in a news article at the time.

But what about older people?
It's known that their bacterial populations are less stable than those of younger people and that the gut flora of one elderly individual can differ greatly from that of another.

It's also known that the populations of bacteria growing inside them are less diverse than what’s seen in younger people. These changes are believed linked to events that take place as we grow older, such as a lengthening of the time it takes food to pass through our guts, reduced saliva production and others.

Now a new paper published in Nature offers a more detailed look at the gut flora of t…

Vitamin C May Lower Gout Risk in Men

New research suggests that the use of vitamin C supplements may help stave off gout in men.

A report in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that vitamin C intake of at least 1500 milligrams per day reduces the odds of gout by 45 percent compared with an intake of less than 250 milligrams per day.

Prior research has shown an inverse link between vitamin C and uric acid levels in the blood, but whether higher concentrations of the vitamin reduces the risk of gout was unclear, according to lead author Dr. Hyon K. Choi, from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and associates.

The findings come from a study of 46,994 men who were followed from 1986 to 2006 as part of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. None of the subjects had a history of gout when the study began. Vitamin C intake was assessed with validated questionnaires every 4 years and gout was determined using American College of Rheumatology criteria.

During follow-up, 1317 men developed gout, the rese…

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Too much TV linked with weaker kids

( The more TV kids watch in early life, the thicker they get around the waistline and the weaker their muscle strength, a new study finds.

It's no secret that watching TV is linked with some unhealthy outcomes in kids — previous studies have found that children who watch more television are more likely to eat junk food, have trouble sleeping and become obese — but the new study, published in BioMed Central's open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, establishes a link between screen time and specific measures of physical fitness. "We already knew that there is an association between preschool television exposure and the body fat of fourth grade children, but this is the first study to describe more precisely what that association represents," said senior author Dr. Linda Pagani, a researcher at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center, in a statement.
The researchers looked at 1,314 kids w…

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Can Your Beauty Products Cause Diabetes?

Beauty products are supposed to make you, well, beautiful, not sick. But you better be careful with certain nail polishes, hair sprays, soaps, and fragrances. These products can contain chemicals called phthalates, which may increase a woman’s risk of diabetes, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

We know that unhealthy diets and lack of exercise can boost your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, but now recent studies have found a correlation between high levels of phthalates and diabetes. The chemicals may hurt your endocrine system by interrupting normal hormone processes necessary for regulating blood sugar.

In this particular study, researchers analyzed urine samples of 2,350 women who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. After analyzing the amount of phthalates in the samples, they found that women with the highest levels of phthalates were nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes as those with…

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Taking Probiotics Greatly Reduces Infections in Athletes

Thursday, August 21, 2008 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer of Natural Athletes who took probiotic supplements suffered fewer infections and recovered more quickly than those who did not, in a study conducted by the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers studied 20 top-level, long-distance endurance runners for two months, assigning them to take either a placebo or a supplement of the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus fermentum. During that time, the athletes recorded any day on which they experienced symptoms of winter illnesses, including coughs and runny noses. The researchers added together the total symptom days of both groups, and found that while the placebo group experience symptoms for a total of 72 days, the probiotic group experience only 30 days' worth of symptoms. In addition, blood tests revealed that the athletes who were taking probiotics had twice the levels of an immune chemical known as…