University of California Davis Researchers Discover Infant Microbiomes Lack B. Infantis in Developed Nations

Without the beneficial bacteria, infants can develop gut dysbiosis, which can lead to severe chronic diseases Another key insight into how the human microbiome performs essential functions has been discovered by a research team at the University of California, Davis (UCD). They have learned that nearly all babies born in developed nations no longer have a specific strain of bacteria called B. infantis, which digests a certain type of sugar found in breast milk. Microbiologists, clinical...

As Health Insurers Narrow Their Networks, Some Hospitals and Physicians Find Themselves Excluded, as Happened to Many Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Health insurers may be poised to leave hospitals and physicians out of their networks, thus potentially cutting out pathologists and clinical laboratories Clinical laboratory companies that find themselves excluded from health insurers’ provider networks do not need to feel like they were singled out. That’s because health insurers are narrowing their networks by also excluding hospitals and physicians. Years ago, the “narrow network” strategy was used by HMOs and health insurers to extract...
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