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With all the different types of yogurt on offer, making a decision on which one to buy can be difficult. from shutterstock.com

Plain, Greek, low-fat? How to choose a healthy yoghurt

Consuming yoghurt is associated with many health benefits. But with all the varieties of yoghurt, and added ingredients like fruits and probiotics, it can be hard to know which is best for your health.
Eczema, which is common in babies, is itchy and painful. silentalex88/Shutterstock.com

Applying live bacteria to skin improves eczema

In this clinical trial, the first of its kind, physicians explore whether directly applying a 'good' strain of bacteria to the skin can heal eczema
In Australia, cases of Buruli ulcer have been associated with coastal areas – like Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. Bernard Spragg. NZ/Flickr

Flesh-eating bacteria cases on the rise and we need an urgent response

The Victorian community is seeing a worsening epidemic of flesh-eating bacteria that causes Buruli ulcer. But how can we prevent this disease if we don't know where it comes from and how it spreads?
Ten cases have been reported so far, including two deaths. Shutterstock/Doug J Moore

What is listeria and how does it spread in rockmelons?

Two people have died after eating rockmelon contaminated with listeria. A total of ten cases have been confirmed in NSW, Queensland and Victoria between Jan 17 and Feb 9, and more are expected.
Smoked and other deli meats are common sources of the Listeria bacterium. In 2008, contaminated deli meat caused 57 cases of Listeriosis and led to the deaths of 24 people in Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

How we can prevent more Listeria deaths

As the death count in South Africa’s listeriosis outbreak rises, Canadian researchers are isolating bacteria from the microbiome of exotic foods to try to develop a solution.

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