Health and Disease Influenced by Bacteria That Live on and in Humans

by Kathy Jones on  December 17, 2010 at 9:19 PM General Health News
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The old saying from Aesop's fables-You are known by the company you keep-also applies to the trillions of microscopic bacteria and viruses that live on the human body, says a new study.
 Health  and Disease Influenced by Bacteria  That  Live  on and in Humans
Health and Disease Influenced by Bacteria That Live on and in Humans
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Humanity's invisible but constant companions - more bacteria hang out on the palms of your hands than there are people on Earth.

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Sarah Everts noted that the astonishing diversity of microbes inhabiting every inch of the skin and parts of the interior profoundly influences your quality of life - mostly for good - from cradle to grave.

Microbes protect people from disease, make essential vitamins, and provide digestive enzymes needed to break down plant fibers for energy.

Microbes also may have a say in whether people are skinny or fat and how they smell.

The article was published in the Chemical and Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine.

Source: ANI
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