Tag: human health

Antibiotic Resistance One of Our Most Serious Health Threats

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released their first-ever report on antibiotic resistance: Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013. In it, CDC director Tom Frieden states that, “antimicrobial resistance is one of our most serious health threats. Infections from resistant bacteria are now too common.” The CDC estimates that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are the cause…

EPA to Take a Closer Look at Risk of Low-level Toxin Exposure

Last March, a group of scientists published a report calling for more investigation into the potentially harmful effects of exposure to low levels of endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A (BPA). “Current testing paradigms are missing important, sensitive endpoints” for human health, stated the report. “The effects of low doses cannot be predicted by the effects observed at high doses.…

The Human Microbiome Project

The Human Microbiome Project is a five-year research collaboration between 200 scientists at 80 universities and scientific institutions, all funded with $153 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the aim of, “characterizing the microbial communities found at several different sites on the human body, including nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract, and to…

Super Bugs and Genetically Modified Food

  I have blogged before on superbugs in our bodies—like C. diff, MRSA and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Superbugs is the term for bacteria that have developed antibiotic resistance, making the infections they cause very difficult to treat. The main reason for the development of these superbugs is the overuse of antibiotics—in medicine, food production (livestock) and even in hand soaps. Now,…

Prenatal Development and Chemical Exposure

It’s scary to think about how many toxins are out there in the world, believe me I know. If it isn’t one thing it’s another—pesticides in our food, pollutants in our air, chemicals in our tap water—but what if it wasn’t just you that you had to worry about? If you or someone you know is expecting, you’ll want to…