Micro-Medicine

Hugs, not drugs. Wait, I mean, bugs on drugs! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. If you get sick, your doctor might write you a prescription. But not everyone responds to medicines in the same way. Prescriptions can be guess-and-check – expensive, and possibly even

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More Fat, Less Stress

Euh! A lock of grey hair! I blame my teenagers. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Worse than going grey, stress-induced inflammation can cause problems like allergies or depression. But there’s hope in the strangest form! Mycobacterium vaccae, a species of bacteria found in soil,

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Bacterial Brownbaggers

Lunchtime! Whatcha got – tuna salad or PB&J? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Remember the good old days when mom packed your lunchbox for school? Wish someone would lovingly pack your lunches, every day, for the rest of your life? For a tiny sea

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Battling Bacteria

Is the cure for what ails you, more germs? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bacteria that survive antibiotics not only multiply, they can become drug resistant! And drug-proof infections kill twenty-three thousand Americans every year. Enter Helen Spencer from Great Ormond Street Hospital and

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Smelly Situation

Exercise gives us that healthy glow…but uh-oh, B.O.! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Sweat is our body’s cooling-down mechanism. But does it have to be so smelly? Armpits, I’m looking at you! Our sweat is odorless, so what’s all the stink about? Gurdeep Minhas

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Sweet Bee

What’s the BUZZZZ on BEEZ? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Honey bee populations have majorly declined in recent years. It’s called colony collapse disorder, and its cause has eluded beekeepers and scientists. Until now! Nancy Moran and researchers at University of Texas, Austin found

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Trust Your Gut

Money can’t buy happiness…but can bacteria? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bacteria that live in our guts help us digest food. However, these little microbes do more than that! Recent studies show that the bacteria living in our bellies can influence overall physical health.

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Gorilla Gourmet

Digestive health for me and you. Is the answer: gorilla POO? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science on why waste-matter…matters! For centuries, scientists have looked for answers on the evolution of human gut health. Specifically, our microbiomes – all the bacteria that make up our

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Diversity from Within

Variety is the spice of life – especially in your tummy! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A diverse diet is a healthy diet! But what about the health of the bacteria in our gut? At Rutgers University, Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello studies lifestyle and gut

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Garlic Substitute

Hmmm… What’s that delicious smell? Could it be… garlic breath? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Scientists know that some components of garlic, like ajoene, have bacteria-fighting potential. But turns out it’s a little tricky to obtain. Ajoene makes up about zero point five PERCENT

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