New research supports more judicious use of antibiotics, study author says
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A team of New York University researchers that has extensively studied the so-called microbiome has another intriguing finding: i mice, antibiotics exposure early in life disrupts bacteria in the gut and interferes with the body’s metabolism, possibly predisposing it to obesity.
Microbiome researcher Dr. Martin Blaser, author of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues and director of the NYU Human Microbiome Program, and his colleagues exposed one group of mice low doses of penicillin starting during the last week of pregnancy, and throughout their lives. A second group of mice were given continuous low-dose penicillin after they were weaned from their mother, as well as through the rest of their lives.