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E. Coli

A large E. coli outbreak is being shared between the US and Canada right now. Officially, the FDA has not pinpointed a source to the outbreak. Unofficially, Consumer Reports is warning everyone to stay away from romaine lettuce until a recall is made. Because romaine lettuce is the likely culprit, and because it’s often eaten […]

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This year, cases of food-borne illness are up. Some areas had more reported cases by the beginning of summer than all of last year. There are many types of food-borne illness, from E. coli, salmonella and Norovirus to the cyclospora parasite. During summer, bacteria tend to flourish thanks to warm temperatures and social habits like […]

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You’ve probably already read about some of the ways that probiotics influence the body outside of the skin, groin, and gut. They can determine whether you’re fat or thin, happy or depressed, and what kind of hobbies you like. Which bacteria you have can even influence which diseases you get, as is the case in […]

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If you haven’t heard of the new superbug strain of E. coli, here’s what you need to know: although it was discovered in China, it was already everywhere. The gene that gives it its antibiotic resistance is on a part of DNA that jumps to other strains easily, and now that we know about it, […]

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“Complications related to…” is a neat little phrase put on death certificates that can be horribly misleading. Most people understand that with even a mild disease, one thing can lead to another until you’ve got some pretty serious complications (TV dramas about doctors have been around for decades, I’m sure you’ve seen at least one)—and […]

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