Antibiotics May Reduce The Ability Of Immune Cells To Kill Bacteria

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Antibiotics normally act in concert with an organism’s immune system to eliminate an infection. However, the drugs can have broad side effects, including eliminating “good” bacteria in the course of fighting off a pathogen. A new study led by researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, MIT, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically […]

Hidden Tooth Infections May Predispose People To Heart Disease

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According to a study carried out at the University of Helsinki, an infection of the root tip of a tooth increases the risk of coronary artery disease, even if the infection is symptomless. Hidden dental root tip infections are very common: as many as one in four Finns suffers from at least one.  Such infections […]

Bacteria In Smokeless Tobacco Products May Be A Health Concern

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Several species of bacteria found in smokeless tobacco products have been associated with opportunistic infections, according to a paper published August 26 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Bacillus licheniformis and Bacillus pumilus could potentially cause inflammation of the lungs, as well as opportunistic infections, said coauthor Steven Foley, PhD, research microbiologist, […]

Coconut Oil Pulling Effective For Oral Health

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Oil pulling using coconut oil could be effective in decreasing plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis. Swishing your mouth out with coconut oil may be a more effective and safer alternative to chemical mouthwashes. Coconut oil is a safe, natural, and inexpensive tool to improve your oral health. Coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-viral activity […]

Natural Cranberry Juice More Effective Than Extracts at Fighting Infections

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With scientific evidence now supporting the age-old wisdom that cranberries, whether in sauce or as juice, prevent urinary tract infections, people have wondered if there was an element of the berry that, if extracted and condensed, perhaps in pill form, would be as effective as drinking the juice or eating cranberry sauce. A new study […]