Our Saturday green news brings you the latest on health, parenting and cool baby and kid products:
- Maple Syrup Can Make Antibiotics More Effective: According to a new research from McGill University of Montreal, maple syrup has the ability to fight infection causing bacteria. The study led by Professor Nathalie Tufenkji found that combining phenolic compounds from maple syrup extract with antibiotics made them more effective against bacteria. The researchers tested the effects of maple syrup extract in the laboratory on infection-causing strains of certain bacteria, including E. coli and Proteus mirabilis (a common cause of urinary tract infection) and discovered it was particularly effective when applied in combination with antibiotics. It has been a known fact for years that maple syrup was full of 54 beneficial compounds with similar anti-inflammatory or anti-oxidant properties like blueberries, green tea and other “superfoods,” but the effect on antibiotics is new. Professor Tufenkji suggests a potentially simple and effective approach for reducing antibiotic usage; for instance, by incorporating maple syrup extract into the capsules of antibiotics.
- No link found between MMR vaccine and autism: According to a new large-scale study of about 100,000 children recently published in journal JAMA, receipt of the MMR vaccine does not increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) regardless of child’s increased risk. As the lead author Dr. Anjali Jain of healthcare consulting firm The Lewin Group in Falls Church in Virginia explained: “Even for children who are high-risk, the vaccine does not play a role. We don’t know what does unfortunately, but it’s not the MMR vaccine. And these results should be reassuring.” For this study, the researchers used insurance claims data on 95,727 children followed from birth to at least age five between 2001 and 2012. plus they had data on the children’s older siblings.,Only about 2 percent of the participating children had an older sibling with ASD, and these children were more likely to develop ASD themselves. However, results indicated that the vaccine didn’t increase their risk.