How can being too clean make us sick? Well, it turns out that excessive cleanliness or a lack of exposure to bacteria, viruses and allergens prevents the normal development of the immune system, which eventually increases the chance of disorders within this system down the road. This is called the hygiene hypothesis, and it explains why allergyContinue reading “Can cleanliness increase your risk of developing allergies and asthma?”
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How to prevent unwanted side effects of antibiotics
Sometimes, pharmaceutical antibiotics are necessary to eradicate bacterial infections. While most side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, etc. aren’t serious, some of the stronger antibiotics do come with a risk of more severe side effects. When taking pharmaceutical antibiotics, here are some things to consider: Choose the right type of probiotic. Many people know thatContinue reading “How to prevent unwanted side effects of antibiotics”
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”
Ear infections: are antibiotics necessary?
Middle ear infections, also known as otitis media, are one of the most common infections among children, affecting 3 in 4 kids by the time they are three years old. Concerned parents are often eager to go to the doctor for antibiotics right away. But are antibiotics always necessary? What parents may not be awareContinue reading “Ear infections: are antibiotics necessary?”