Our Bodies’ Best Buddies: What is the human microbiome and we need to know about it

Our Bodies’ Best Buddies Elisabeth M Bik, Stanford University Note: this article was written for the September 2014 issue of the San Francisco Medical Society magazine.  Antony van Leeuwenhoek probably could not believe his eyes. It was 1683, and the Dutch scientist had put some tooth scrapings from his own mouth under the primitive microscope that he had […]

Australia wants to ban unvaccinated children from preschool – should they?

No jab, no play. So says the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has announced a proposal to bar unvaccinated children from attending preschools and daycare centres. Currently, 93 per cent of Australian children receive the standard childhood vaccinations, including those for measles, mumps and rubella, but the government wants to lift this to 95 per […]

Why do miscarriages occur? Timing when you get pregnant could prevent a miscarriage

Timing when you get pregnant could prevent a miscarriage By Jessica Hamzelou Miscarriage could be caused by too many ageing cells and a fluctuating immune response. This finding suggests that carefully timing a pregnancy could prevent miscarriage and increase a woman’s chances of delivering a baby. “All the ‘treatments’ we’ve been giving to women who […]