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Extreme Dieting, and Meeces Who Eat Feces

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Also: why it’s good to be cautious about study-based news stories. As we noted last week, at this time of year, millions of Americans put themselves on diets, so it’s no big surprise to find books like Travis Stork’s The Lose Your Belly Diet, doing well on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It’s also no surprise to see… Read more »

Losing Weight is Most Popular New Year’s Resolution – Could Probiotics Help?

Spoiler Alert: Maybe, maybe not. Right now, like many, you may be reflecting on the rapidly receding holiday season, ruing that you ate more, and were less physically active, than usual. Perhaps you’ve even needed to loosen your belt a notch or two. Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. In fact, a 2012 survey reported that weight loss was… Read more »

When Did You Last Clean Your Showerhead?

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It could be time to get to work. Apparently it was the Greeks who started it all. Part of an ancient Greek’s daily bathing routine consisted of emptying a jug of water over their head or, if they were wealthy, having a servant do it for them. These days, of course, you don’t need a jug. It’s common to take… Read more »

Handshakes: Sharing the Love, Sharing the Microbes

But could you ever seriously fist bump your physician? The first official world record for handshaking was set by President Theodore Roosevelt on January 1, 1907, after he shook hands with a finger-crushing 8,510 people in the White House. One hopes these 8,510 had thoroughly washed their hands, as engaging in intimate palm-on-palm contact is a well-known cause of spreading… Read more »

Why You Should Probably Be Glad You’re Not a Brown Bear or an Edible Dormouse

Do bacteria cozy up for the winter? With the winter rapidly approaching, as it is in the Northern Hemisphere, there may be days when you’re not only reluctant to get out of bed, but are actually downright drawn to the idea of hibernating. Scientists refer to hibernation as “dormancy,” a period in an organism’s life-cycle when growth and development are… Read more »

Raining Cats and Dogs… and Bacteria?

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Can raindrops contain bacteria? And if so, how? With the uBiome HQ being in San Francisco, we’re well aware of living in a place that needs all the rain it can get. After all, California is entering its sixth year of drought, and it perhaps explains why people in this part of the world were excited by last month’s (October’s)… Read more »

Climate Change Starts With a Sea

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Marine microbes—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Maybe, like us, you’ve spun a globe in a library or school and realised that there’s one viewpoint that shows pretty much all ocean. Not surprising, really, when you recall that oceans cover 71% of our planet’s surface. And with rising sea levels, perhaps even more than 71% of the earth’s surface… Read more »