Tagged: bacteria

Mapping out a diet plan for IBS

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) frequently report that their symptoms worsen after meals and believe they have food intolerances (true food allergies in IBS are uncommon). Some think that dairy foods or wheat and other...

What causes body odor?

Most of us don’t need more than one whiff to identify that generally unpleasant, characteristic smell we call body odor. But it’s a surprisingly complex phenomenon, influenced by our genetic makeup, age, diet, and...

Beneficial skin bacteria protect against skin cancer

Science continues to peel away layers of the skin microbiome to reveal its protective properties. In a study published in Science Advances on February 28, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report a...

How lifestyle affects our microbiome and health

The question of nature vs nurture extends to our microbiome – the personal complement of mostly-friendly bacteria we carry around with us. Study after study has found that our microbiome affects nearly every aspect...

When giant fungi ruled the Earth

420 million years ago, a giant feasted on the dead, growing slowly into the largest living thing on land. It belonged to an unlikely group of pioneers that ultimately made life on land possible...