Public Health in the News – January 4, 2015



  • In a wonderfully written blog post, science writer Ed Yong tells the story of how cholera-causing bacteria kill other microbes and “steal the powers of their fallen rivals,” Highlander-style.
  • Many studies have linked a variant of a gene called FTO to an increased risk of obesity. However, this link may be influenced by the environment as well – a new study shows that this gene is a risk factor only in people born after World War II.
  • Smartphone apps are changing healthcare. NPR’s Science Friday interviews Eric Topol, a cardiologist who recently released a book that details how patients are using their smartphones to take their health into their own hands.
  • We know that increased consumption of red meat might be leading to increased cancer risk – and now we might know why. A new study found that a certain sugar found in meat led to increased inflammation, which in turn promoted conditions that sometimes lead to tumor growth.
  • Wired lists some of the weirdest things we learned this year about microbes.



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