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Month: July 2015

What is a superbug?

Bacteria are everywhere and mostly they are harmless. In fact, quite often they are helpful, but sometimes they cause illness. They are responsible for minor skin or ear infections and for more serious and potentially deadly illnesses such as meningitis or pneumonia. Bacterial infections are most often treated with a course of antibiotics. Multi-resistant superbugs are a strain of bacteria that has mutated (changed) after coming into contact with an antibiotic. The bacteria then becomes resistant to the antibiotic which means the antibiotic cannot kill the bacteria or stop them… Read more What is a superbug?

Regular Yoga Practice Improves Antioxidant Status, Immune Function, and Stress Hormone Releases in Young Healty People: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Pilot Study

Objective: The aim of the present study is to highlight the beneficial effects of yoga practice on bio-parameters, such as oxidative stress, antioxidant components, immune functions, and secretion of stress hormones, in healthy young people. Study Design: This study was conducted on healthy volunteers recruited from among university students, who were divided into two groups: a control (no yoga intervention, n=13) group and a yoga (n=12) group. Yoga practice was with an instructor for 90 minutes once a week spread over 12 weeks, with recommendations to practice daily at home for 40 minutes… Read more Regular Yoga Practice Improves Antioxidant Status, Immune Function, and Stress Hormone Releases in Young Healty People: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Pilot Study

Australian government to crack down on antibiotic overuse in humans and animals

The Australian government will seek to curb Australia’s overprescription and overuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals as part of a national plan aimed at preventing potentially deadly diseases becoming resistant to treatment. Launching Australia’s first strategy for tackling antibiotic resistance on Tuesday, the health minister, Sussan Ley, said more than 29m prescriptions for antibiotics were subsidised by the government in 2013, with the drugs reaching 45% of the population. It made Australia’s consumption of antibiotics among the highest in the world, she said. Despite this, Australia has never had… Read more Australian government to crack down on antibiotic overuse in humans and animals