Health: The Social Network of Your Gut

Recently, The New Yorker ran an excellent piece about the interplay of the various bacteria in our gut. It’s an excellent look at not only the bacteria in the gut, but their genetics too.

“Our microbiome needs to be fed to stay alive and is at the mercy of what we ingest on a daily basis,”
Gautam Dantas, a microbiologist at Washington University in St. Louis

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Nutrition News: The World’s Changing Diets

The July Issue of Scientific American highlights through visual graphics data from a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on trends in global food supplies. The two main takeaways of the study—that diets are becoming more homogenous and calorie-rich overall—are immediately apparent in the graphic, shown above. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Health News: Fiber Wins Again!


Most people know that a diet high in fiber helps to keep us “regular.” Now Australian researchers have uncovered a surprising benefit of this often-undervalued dietary component.

A new paper — published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences by scientists from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research — reports that eating the right amount of fiber from breads, cereals, and fruits can help us avoid disease and disability into old age. Read More.