Posted by adianutrition on April 17, 2012
Fascinating article from the blog ‘Inspiringscience’ today. Here’s the link:
The article references a study done out of Brazil, which examines the links between bacteria, genes and diabetes. The link isn’t solely between bacteria and diabetes, there’s also a defective copy of a gene called TLR2.
Mice who had the defective TLR2 gene developed diabetes related symptoms such as obesity, glucose intolerance and insulin resistance.
It turns out the TLR2 gene’s role in the immune system is to recognize Gram positive (bacteria with high peptidoglycan) bacteria. When the TLR2 gene is compromised, the digestive bacteria changes causing an increase in Firmicutes and a decrease in Bifidobacterium.
Firmicutes extract energy from food, and obese animals tend to have more of them.
Bifidobacterium maintain the intestinal barrier, and lower levels of Bifido allows more of a molecule called LPS to enter the blood. When LPS gets in the blood, the immune system responds with inflammation.
The net effect is obesity and inflammation, which tends to cause diabetes.
While it’s too early to think about treatments using probiotics, the link is fascinating and I look forward to further studies.
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Posted by adianutrition on April 9, 2012
I hope everyone had a nice spring break. If your house is full of kids, like ours is, you will appreciate the ’3 second rule’. If you don’t have kids, let me explain the issue. The 3 second rule is how much time you have to pick food up off the floor and still eat it safely.
The rule of thumb is that the food is safe for 3 seconds, and a number of scientists have been studying it.
Here’s a great article on it:
A scientist tested this by putting bacteria on the floor, then using bread and sausage to see how contaminated the food got based on how long the food was on the floor.
The interesting result was that it didn’t matter how long the food was on the floor, it mattered how long the bacteria was on the floor prior to contact with the food.
He then tested surfaces and found carpets were worse than tiles or wood.
So the 3 second rule if you have a clean floor.
Here’s the second article:
This was a study done at Yale which discovered humans emit about 37 million bacteria per hour. I have no idea what to do with this other than say…..gross.
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Posted by adianutrition on April 5, 2012
Yesterday we announced a partnership with Orbital, Inc. Elwood Sprenger is a principal at Orbital, and we are very excited about our partnership with him. Stay posted!
Here’s today’s article about a plasma flashlight that kills bacteria on contact on your skin. I imagine the food application is not far away:
We’ve talked about this device before, and the applications seem endless. Medicine, home wound care, animal care, etc.
Adia is closed tomorrow for the holidays. Have a great weekend everyone.
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Posted by adianutrition on April 3, 2012
When you walk into a room, you send 37 million bacteria into the air within an hour.
Here’s the article:
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Posted by adianutrition on April 2, 2012
Last night, 60 Minutes did a special show on sugar. The average American eats 130 pounds of sugar per year. Some scientists believe that sugar is a toxin. I’ll attach the article below. One of the interesting conclusions the scientist drew was that a daily can of soda could be just as bad for your heart as a daily cheeseburger.
Here’s the story:
This is a compelling story, and I think there’s going to be lots of follow-up.
Here’s another story, about intestinal research advances at Harvard:
Scientists there have developed a chip that mimics the 25 feet of intestines you carry around. It’s smaller than 25 feet (obviously), but it’s able to mimic some of the processes your intestine goes through with regard to allowing in medicine and digestion.
Very interesting story.
Finally, here’s a bizarre story about fecal transplants:
Some scientists believe the over-prescription of antibiotics has led to obesity. They further believe that by transplanting fecal bacteria from mummified bodies will fix it. It’s an interesting, somewhat creepy discussion.
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