November 2012

  • Cartoon of battling bacteria that look like pirates and seafaring adventurers.

    Your Microbes and You

    The Good, Bad and Ugly

    Trillions of microscopic creatures—like bacteria, fungi and viruses—are living in and on your body right now. We tend to focus on destroying bad microbes. But taking care of good ones may be even more important.

  • Illustration of a woman pushing away spicy tacos and hot sauce.

    Gut Feelings About Gastritis

    When Your Stomach’s Sick

    Your stomach lining has an important job. It makes acid and proteins that help break down the foods you eat. But when the lining gets inflamed—a condition called gastritis—it can cause long-term problems.

Contributors to this issue: 

  • Vicki Contie
  • Helen Fields
  • Meghan Mott
  • Harrison Wein