In the case of obesity, does the scientific report give you confidence that the news report is accurate? Why or why not?


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Shute, N. (2012). Personalized medicine. Scientific American, 306(5), 44.
Listen to the podcasts:
How important are the microorganisms all around us?

Jeroen Raes: Gut Microbiota Research

Watch the video:
Intestinal microbiota and human health

Then, find the following:
Use the Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (retrieved from,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=hch) research database, available through the Excelsior College Library, to find research articles about studies of intestinal microbiota applied to two diseases: Crohn’s disease and obesity. Pick one research article on the study of intestinal microbiota in Crohn’s disease and a second article on the study of intestinal microbiota in obesity.

Then, search the archives of these three news media outlets:
NY Times
Washington Post
ABC News

for news media reports on the same two subjects (1) intestinal microbiota and Crohn’sdisease and (2) intestinal microbiota and obesity.

Finally, submit the following:
Cite both research articles and both news articles in APA format.

Write a short (3 to 4 sentence) summary of the research articles you found using Health Source.
Answer the following questions:

Do the abstracts of the research articles indicate there is evidence that studying intestinal microbiota can help doctors understand Crohn’s disease and/or obesity?

In the case of Crohn’sdisease, does the scientific report give you confidence that the news report is accurate? Why or why not?

In the case of obesity, does the scientific report give you confidence that the news report is accurate? Why or why not?

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