Dr.Wei Jia

Gut microbes could determine the severity of melamine-induced kidney disease

February 14, 2013

Microbes present in the gut can affect the severity of kidney disease brought on by melamine poisoning, according to an international study led by Professor Wei Jia at the University of North Carolina in collaboration with the research group of Professor Jeremy Nicholson at Imperial College London. In 2008, nearly 300,000 Chinese children were hospitalised […]

Gut Bacteria Conspired in Melamine Poisonings

February 13, 2013

Gut Bacteria Conspired in Melamine Poisonings Reuters/Landov Tainted milk. A gut microbe may have made contaminated infant formula deadly. In 2008, nearly 300,000 infants in China got sick from milk formula tainted with melamine, a plastics additive that was used illegally to bulk up the formula’s apparent protein content. Now, a study in rats implicates […]