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Antibiotics Boost Growth of Undernourished Children in Developing Countries

Antibiotics improve the height and weight of children on the brink of undernourishment in developing countries.

This is according to the research team at McGill University. They reviewed research literature to examine whether antibiotics have a significant impact on the development of the youngest children from countries with low to middle income class. The paper was published in the British Medical Journal.

Antibiotics did not have any significant effect on the growth of children from the countries of Malawi, Guatemala, Brazil, and Zambia.

But the McGill team wanted to determine if antibiotics have any effect on the development of pre-pubertal children in developing countries. They examined the changes in both the weight and height of the children by looking into the research literature about studies conducted on the treatment of one-month to 12-year old children in seven developing countries. These were children who are smaller both in terms of weight


Childhood Abuse Has Long-term Health Effects

The neglect and abuse of children have a lasting effect on their health, according to a new study.

Children who are wrongly treated may develop long-term hormone issues that increase the possibility of diabetes, obesity and other health issues well into adulthood.

A study was conducted with 95 adults, who are 35 to 65 years of age, who were victims of childhood abuse and neglect emotionally, physically, and sexually. Their weight-regulating hormones were monitored. During the study, the subjects were classified into groups depending on the level of suffering that they endured.

The study was focused on examining leptin, which regulates the appetite and fat levels, adinopectin, which relieves inflammation, and irisin, which is responsible for energy metabolism.

The most severely abused and neglected children showed more irisin and leptin but lesser adinopectin. All these hormone irregularities may lead to obesity.

After taking into acc


Honey Can Help Resolve Issues With Antibiotics Resistance

Honey may be a solution the medical community is looking for to help them resolve problems brought about by antibiotics resistance.

Honey has the ability to attack bacteria causing infection on various levels, hindering bacteria from being resistant to drugs. That’s because this natural sweet food is equipped with weapons of its own, such as osmotic effect, hydrogen peroxide, acidity, polyphenols, and high sugar concentration. All these natural weapons can eliminate bacterial cells. Its osmotic effect alone dries the bacterial cells out and kills them.

Another attribute that makes honey effective in killing bacteria is that it prevents the formation of any biofilm, which refers to the bacteria communities that cause diseases. This is due to the fact that the honey prevents quorum sensing, the bacteria’s method of communicating with each other that could possibly lead to biofilm formation. Without quorum sensing, some bacteria cannot even produce toxin


Caffeine Beneficial for Memory

Caffeine has long established to have health benefits. However, a new study has shown that it may improve long-term memory when consumed after studying.

This is based on a paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The study was led by Daniel Borota from Baltimore’s John Hopkins University. He considered how previous research has looked into caffeine as a cognitive booster, but not its effects on long-term memory.

The team studied 160 participants who are 18 to 30 years old. They were all shown photos to be classified as indoor or outdoor. Half of the subjects were administered a caffeine pill after they are asked to classify the photos, while the other half were given a placebo. The next day, they were shown the same photos and some new ones. They were asked which photos were old, new, or similar to the ones shown before.

Although both groups were able to identify new photos from the old ones, the group that was given caffeine pills knew