Antibiotic use in infancy linked to disease later in life

Antibiotics are the most common prescription drug given to children nowadays, and in a new study in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, researchers discuss the connection between antibiotic use in infants, imbalance in gut bacteria and the development of disease later in life. “Previous studies showed links between antibiotic use and unbalanced gut bacteria, and others showed linksContinue reading “Antibiotic use in infancy linked to disease later in life”

Recurrent miscarriage, other ailments may be linked to MTHFR gene mutation

Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR for short) is an enzyme that is responsible for the process of methylation in every cell in your body.  Methylation is a core process that occurs in all cells. People with a genetic defect in the MTHFR gene may be at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, several types of cancer, chemicalContinue reading “Recurrent miscarriage, other ailments may be linked to MTHFR gene mutation”

Autism, depression, brain health- linked to gut bacteria

There is now strong evidence that links conditions such as autism and depression to the the gut microbiome, i.e. the microorganisms that live in the gut. Recently, neuroscientists presented evidence for this link in a symposium at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington DC called “Gut Microbes and the Brain: Paradigm Shift in Neuroscience”. Earlier this year, Dr.Continue reading “Autism, depression, brain health- linked to gut bacteria”

Five worst ingredients in food

Buying processed food may be more convenient than making wholesome meals from scratch, but are you aware of the hidden ingredients lurking in foods that may wreak havoc on your health? There are literally thousands of food additives out there, and a lot of them are at the root of many health problems. Here areContinue reading “Five worst ingredients in food”

Autism (and other health conditions) linked to the gut?

New research published in December 2013’s Cell has revealed a possible link between the symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the gut. Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition often marked by decreased social interaction or impaired social skills. Researchers have found that changes in gut bacteria affected autism-like behaviour in mice. Many of the behavioural abnormalities, including anxiety-likeContinue reading “Autism (and other health conditions) linked to the gut?”

Bad breath? Bloated? Gassy? Time to heal your gut.

Many people take breath mints regularly in hopes to cover foul breath. Others experience bloating and discomfort after meals, but never wonder why their body is sending them this message. Loose or unformed stool (diarrhea) alternating with periods of constipation is rather common for busy people living in Hong Kong and other metropolitan cities. IfContinue reading “Bad breath? Bloated? Gassy? Time to heal your gut.”

Happy new year? Understanding depression and what you can do about it

The promise of a new year brings optimism and hope to many, but throws others into abject misery. Whether or not you’re aware, someone you know is suffering from depression. Depression is a common but serious illness. People with depression (also known as clinical depression, major depression or major depressive disorder) find that their state interferes with daily life. DepressedContinue reading “Happy new year? Understanding depression and what you can do about it”

Study: Advanced cancer cells more susceptible to grape seed extract

A recent study from the University of Colorado Cancer Center published in the journal Cancer Letters shows that the more advanced the cancer cells, the more grape seed extract (GSE) inhibits their growth and survival. Compared to chemotherapy, GSE leaves healthy cells entirely alone. “We’ve known for quite a while that the bioactive compounds inContinue reading “Study: Advanced cancer cells more susceptible to grape seed extract”

Mouthwash: what you should know before using it

Most of us think mouthwash helps eliminate bad breath and improve oral hygiene. But according to many experts, mouthwash does not eliminate bad breath. The mouthwash may work at first by killing lots of germs but after a while, the alcohol content present in many mouthwashes can dry your mouth out. When your salivary glandsContinue reading “Mouthwash: what you should know before using it”

Study: probiotics may help treat ulcers

A strain of probiotic bacteria may be useful in treating ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that is considered one of the major risk factors in developing gastritis and gastric/ duodenal ulcers. The study is found in the February 2011 issue of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal. “Currently, antibiotic-based treatment for H. pyloriContinue reading “Study: probiotics may help treat ulcers”