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The Other Factor

People are mostly bacterial cells, and researchers are beginning to understand how those microorganisms can affect health — especially chronic disease, writes The Economist. Washington University in St. Louis' Jeffrey Gordon has shown that overweight people have difference bacterial flora than slim people and that malnourished people have different flora than well-nourished people. The microbiome's reach goes beyond nutrition and weight, The Economist adds, and may contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis and asthma.

The Scan

Follow-Up Data Requests to Biobank Participants Ineffective, Study Finds

An effort to recontact biobank enrollees for additional information reports low participation in a new BMJ Open study.

Study Finds Widespread Transmission of Resistant Bacteria in Vietnam Hospitals

A sequencing study in The Lancet Microbe finds widespread transmission of drug-resistant Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter baumannii in two Vietnam ICUs.

Novel Brain Cell Organoids Show Promise for Autism Research

University of Utah researchers report in Nature Communications on their development of brain cell organoids to study SHANK3-related autism.

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.