antibiotics

Why all that sanitizing is making us sicker…and chubbier, too.

Posted on 09/4/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWho would have thought some of our best friends would be the 100 Trillion bacteria living in, and on, our bodies? Results of the Human Microbiome Project have caused us to re-examine the critical balance between these good bacteria, essential for human life, and the relatively few bad guys on which we’ve waged an all-out blitz!  Modern life has been altering that delicate balance in ways that have led to an increase in obesity, inflammatory disease and other chronic illnesses. In fact, it’s made us …

Antibiotic-Free Meat: What The Label Isn’t Telling You

Posted on 07/12/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe label on the package of ground beef says “all-natural.” What the heck does that mean? Or how about the turkey tenderloin label that says the meat is “antibiotic-free” — can you trust it? While most consumers would like to be able to buy meat or poultry raised without antibiotics — and would even pay a little more for it, according to a new Consumer Reports survey — the problem is determining whether that “antibiotic-free” label really means what it …

The Probiotic Effect: Sexy, Slim Mice, Healthier Humans

Posted on 05/10/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMaybe we all should be stocking up on yogurt. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying probiotics and obesity found that mice who were fed vanilla yogurt were not only slimmer with silkier, shinier fur (the sleek little guy on the left in the photo), they were also more fertile. The male mice had bigger testicles and more attitude – “swagger,” was how the MIT scientists described it — and the females gave birth to bigger litters and were better …

Meat, Antibiotics And Superbugs: FDA Is (Finally) On The Case

Posted on 04/10/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthGuest Post: As AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations. We’ve probably all heard about ‘superbugs’, those drug-resistant strains of bacteria thought to be caused by the overuse of antibiotics in modern life. I was surprised …

Sinus Infection? Antibiotics Won’t Help

Posted on 02/15/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPounding headache, congestion, runny nose, cough — all symptoms of a sinus infection. If you take an antibiotic, the infection will be over in seven days. Take over-the-counter medication and wait out the symptoms, and it will be over in a week. And that’s exactly what a new study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medication Association, has found. Antibiotics are no more effective at ending a simple sinus infection than just relieving the symptoms with nonprescription …