This summer I have been flipping all the articles into my Flipboard. The link is on the right at the top of the sidebar.
Prior research has found that as people become more obese, there is an increase in the number of Staphylococcus bacteria found on them, and the scientists behind the latest study suggest that this might be influencing the development of diabetes.
Scientists are working on a vaccine, which might protect against Staph and diabetes.
Researchers from The Ohio State University have found that the abundance and diversity of bacteria found in the gut appear to influence the behavior of young children, especially boys. They found that children with the most genetically diverse composition of bacteria are more likely to show behavior related with positive mood, curiosity, sociability, and impulsivity.
Gut bacteria also produce 90% of our serotonin – the “happy hormone.”
“There is substantial evidence that intestinal bacteria interact with stress hormones—the same hormones that have been implicated in chronic illnesses like obesity and asthma,” said Lisa Christian, another of the study’s authors.
It would be amazing to be able to cure disease by “fixing” the balance of bacteria in our gut and on our bodies. Science rules!
Despite last year’s false alarm, there are several reasons to believe that this year’s version of El Niño is the real deal.
First off, it’s rapidly intensifying. El Niño is about self-reinforcing feedbacks between the ocean and the atmosphere, and from all accounts, this one has its foot on the accelerator pedal.
For 800,000 years before the twentieth century, carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere never exceeded 300 parts per million. Then the Industrial Revolution began, and modern human civilization started burning through millions of years of fossilized carbon in the geological blink of an eye.
Highest levels in 800,00 years…and even if we completely quit producing it at these levels, it would take thousand(s) of years to be removed from the atmosphere.
I worry for my grandkids. What kind of world are we leaving them?