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November/December 2017

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The Ten Happiest States in the Union

Is everybody happy? Well, that may depend on where you live. According to a survey by the credit site WalletHub, the following states are the happiest based on both positive and negative factors such as rates of depression, divorce, income growth, job satisfaction and volunteerism. (If your state isn’t on the list, go to wallethub.com; then drop by our Facebook page to tell us what makes you happy.)

*Ranks highest in volunteerism, lowest in divorce rate

**Ranks lowest in adult depression


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Bacteria Types May

Hold Key to Child Ear Infections

The fussiness, the ear-pulling, the fever, the crying: Just about every parent has tried to soothe a child showing signs of infected ears. In fact, five out of six youngsters get an ear infection (called otitis media) by the time they are three years old.

Now a study has provided evidence that the types of microbes which normally live in the ear, collectively known as the microbiome, may help explain why some children experience repeated infections while others don’t.

Japanese scientists swabbed the middle ears of 155 children and adults having ear surgery, 88 for recurring infections and the rest for other reasons. Among those in the first group, there were differences in what kinds of microbes populated the ears of people with active, or “wet,” inflammation versus those with the inactive, or “dry,” type.

The microbiomes of the patients with inactive inflammation were similar to those of people not suffering from infections. However, those with active inflammation showed significant differences in the types of bacteria inhabiting their ears.

Study results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

Researchers do know that certain microbes, known as probiotics, are beneficial members of a person’s microbiome and that a strain known as S. salivarius K12 dominates the passageways of the nose and throat.

 

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EDITORS CHOICE

 

Fermentation for Dummies

It is another new-old trend: People are creating pickles and other fermented foods at home. Maybe you’ve heard of the idea and find yourself intrigued. But you’re also a little uneasy—can you really handle this?

Easy Fermenter lids from Nourished Essentials fit any wide-mouthed mason jar and feature a one-way, breathable valve that takes the hassle out of maintaining a standard airlock. The easy tab handle makes opening stubborn jars a snap, and the oxygen extraction pump guarantees a mold-free ferment. Visit nourished essentials.com. (See our feature story on fermentation)

 

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HEALTH CALENDAR

 

November 16

Great American Smokeout

 

The Idea:

Helping the estimated

36 million Americans who smoke

to kick the habit for good

Sponsored By:

The American Cancer Society

Contact:

cancer.org

 

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