Tags: body germs, health, human bacteria, microbes, microbial zoo
For the first time, scientists have cataloged human germs, determining that more than 10,000 species of microbes can be found in and on a healthy person.
These bugs — mostly benign but occasionally causing illness — occupy just about every part of the body, living on the skin, in the stomach and intestines, up the nose (and every other other orifice), according to the Human Microbiome Project.
Tags: heat wave, lack of rain, moscow hottest day, mowcow smogs, wheat crops
A month-long record-breaking heatwave has sparked nearly 50 fires in the Moscow region and the capital is sweltering under a thick layer of smog.
Health experts say pollution levels in parts of the city are 10 times higher than normal safety limits and advise locals to stay indoors or wear masks. A state of emergency has been declared in more than 20 drought-hit regions.
It is estimated a fifth of the country’s wheat crop has now died due to the lack of rain in what is thought to be the country’s worst drought for more than a century. Scores have died in the heatwave, some drowning having taken a swim after drinking too much vodka.
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Tags: baby expose to dirt, health, little dirt, new york times, personal health
Ask mothers why babies are constantly picking things up from the floor or ground and putting them in their mouths, and chances are they’ll say that it’s instinctive — that that’s how babies explore the world. But why the mouth, when sight, hearing, touch and even scent are far better at identifying things?
When my young sons were exploring the streets of Brooklyn, I couldn’t help but wonder how good crushed rock or dried dog droppings could taste when delicious mashed potatoes were routinely rejected.
Since all instinctive behaviors have an evolutionary advantage or they would not have been retained for millions of years, chances are that this one too has helped us survive as a species. And, indeed, accumulating evidence strongly suggests that eating dirt is good for you.
Read the complete article at NYTimes