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Food and Health News: 5 Additives that Ruins Your Gut

Food and health news will keep you on what is the trend today. Other than that, after we know the trend, we should sort and figure which one is good to eat and which one should be thrown away. Talking about foods, food additives art part of ingredients we use today.

Many food additives are harmless to eat. However, some of them could ruin the healthy activity of your gut. Later, it can lead to intestinal inflammation and further conditions to your gut bacteria. So, we have a food and health news that you can read in this article. Prevention is always better than cure.

#1 Polysorbate 80

Polysorbate 80 is the name of the emulsifier. As its name suggests, the function of this substance is keeping the homogenous consistency in a food or drink. According to a study in 2017, polysorbate could lower down the good bacteria in your stomach. 

It can lead to gut inflammation while it promotes weight gain in humans. Any food and drink that combines fats and liquids may contain this ingredient.

#2 Carboxymethylcellulose

If you read the CMC or cellulose gum on the ingredients table then your food may contain this thing. CMC is a type of emulsifiers to thicken the texture of foods. This substance can mess with your gut bacteria by causing inflammation through the gene expression. 

Too much consumption would make the gut produces a protein that could irritate them. All gelatinous foods and certain types of dressing cheese contain this ingredient.

#3 Sucralose

This one is an artificial sweetener contained by sugar-free products, diet soda, and pre-workout drinks. It does not cause cancer but it messed with your liver enzymes. In the end, you will have an issue to absorb nutrients.

#4 Aspartame

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that could cause a weird feeling to your gut. It ruins the ability of your gut to process sugar. Diet soda and many other products contain this sweetener.

#5 BPA, BPS, and BPF

All foods and drinks packed in aluminum packages and plastic containers contain this thing. The presence of this thing on the package of the beverages could promote irritable bowel syndrome and the worst is colorectal cancer. On the other hand, this ingredient could disrupt hormone activities in humans’ bodies.

And this is anything you need to know about the world today. The food and health news should keep you making wise decisions.

Hundreds of Thousands of Condoms in Uganda Are Withdrawn

Current events in healthcare – A global health charity named Marie Stopes, withdraws hundreds of thousands of condoms in Uganda due to low quality. Those condoms do not fulfill the health standard because some holes are found. For your information, Marie Stopes is the specialist and biggest sexual reproductive health organization in Uganda. National Drug Authority or NDA in Uganda mentions that condoms with a brand named Life Guard are failed in a condom quality test. Some holes are found in those condoms and there is a possibility that the product can break. The LifeGuard brand underwent a strict quality control, however, the product does not fulfill the standard quality.

The withdrawn condoms are produced by MHL Healthcare that is based in India. According to the related organization, the contraception expires in April 2024. The spokesman of Marie Stopes Uganda named David Kamu stated that there are around 400.000 condoms withdrawn by the organization. On the other hand, the spokesman of the National Drug Authority in Uganda named Fred Sskyana the number of condoms withdrawn is below a million. This is quite worrying because Uganda is a country with a quite high level of HIV/AIDS in the world. According to UNAIDS, there are at least 1.4 million people in Uganda who live with HIV. Last year, there are around 53.000 people recently affected the disease.

As you know, HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a deadly virus because it damages the immune system of the body. If it is not treated well, HIV can develop into AIDS or Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome within a decade. Without any treatment or medication, the life expectancy of people with AIDS is around 3 years. Research performed from 2009 to 2019 shows that there are some professions with the most HIV/AIDS, 5 of them are employees, housewives, entrepreneurs, farmers/fishermen/breeders, and laborers. Most patients with HIV/AIDS visit hospitals or other health facilities when their conditions are already severe. So that the virus is harder to be treated.

So, it is highly suggested to directly undergo a medical examination when a patient feels the symptoms of HIV. Because the disease can be controlled and the life expectancy of people with HIV is almost the same as for someone who has not been infected by the virus. HIV/AIDS is a worrying case in any country, not only Uganda. This is why it is always included in current events in healthcare.

Health and Fitness News – New Vaccine to Prevent Staph Infection Has Been Found

In health and fitness news today! Scientists have found a new vaccine that can help to avoid staph infections. Recent research that involve mice and rabbits have shown significant results. The vaccine is hoped to prevent the killing of infections to more people in the future.

Researches on the Vaccine

A series of research that uses mice and rabbits infected by S. aureus has shown great results. 80% of mice involved in the research were known to survive. The experimental vaccine was developed by a group of scientists at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. There are two-thirds of the percentage were known to be free from infections just within 3 weeks. Not only that but two-thirds of the rabbits used in the researches also survived and cleared the infections in about one month. The results shown are believed to be very useful in human health and save more people in the future. The vaccine will also be beneficial for patients who are undergoing surgery, especially cardiovascular and orthopedic procedures.

During the research, scientists had injected S. aureus into the bone marrow and hole-like lesions found in the bone. The mice were able to survive 21 days after the infections and show no signs that they had been ill. The same results were also found in the rabbits infected by the bacteria.

  1. aureus has been known for a long time as a bacteria on the skin that can cause infections on the area, blood, and bone. The bacteria are also commonly found in the respiratory tract and nasal cavities. The bacteria can lead humans to suffer from respiratory infections, skin infections, bloodstream infections, and food poisoning. Staph infections are known to have killed more than 300,000 people in the United States every year. Additionally, they also cause the healthcare system to cover the treatment and medication needed for the infections around $10 billion so far. 

The Vaccine Development

The scientists at the University of Maryland screened S. aureus proteins to develop this new experimental vaccine. The proteins will be killed by antibodies when chronic infection attacks. According to scientists, the methods used will make it possible for them to choose protein targets to be given the vaccine. There were 5 different proteins used by scientists to develop the vaccine. Four of the proteins a bacterial biofilm. They are slimy substances that will secure the bacteria from various immune responses like antibiotics and antibodies.