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New hypothesis: gut bacteria can make you fat

Scientists have a new hypothesis to explain how obese people store more fat, which might lead to better treatments for obesity related conditions.

Manure can spread antibiotic resistance

Manure from farm stables can promote genes in bacteria that help make them resistant to antibiotics, shows new study.

Whole grains boost the immune system

Bioactive compounds found in whole grains strengthen the immune system and help fight off disease, suggests new research.

Why do we fart?

Humans release approximately 73 litres of intestinal gas a year and there is no reason to hold back a fart.

Antibiotics are effective at treating asthma

Antibiotics reduced the number of sick days caused by asthma attacks in young children by more than 50 per cent, shows new study.

Single treatment with antibiotics wreaks havoc on your gut bacteria

Antibiotics have a hard time with multiresistant bacteria, but will easily kill off the healthy bacteria in your gut.

Bacteria from the sea join the fight against cancer and infections

Norwegian scientists are opening the gates of nature’s secret medicine factories, with the aim of giving us new weapons against cancers and resistant bacteria.

Researchers are testing new method against antibiotic resistant bacteria

Norwegian researchers are experimenting with a new compound that could disarm multi-resistant bacteria.

Should pneumonia be treated with antibiotics?

Many children are given antibiotics for pneumonia unnecessarily. Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections and most cases of pneumonia are caused by viruses.

Scientists find smallest life forms on Earth

Researchers may have found the smallest life forms on Earth. The bacteria they found are much smaller than scientists thought possible.