Each person’s unique gut microbiota composition is in continuous communication with the immune system.
The composition of bacteria in our gut regulates our immune system. Modifying it - through poo transplants for example - can control cancer risk, as well as response to treatment.
Shifting your diet away from processed foods and towards fruits and vegetables can reduce symptoms of asthma.
Upping your intake of vegetables and fruits can do more than just reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer – it could also help you breathe easier.
The gut of an obese person is more likely to contain bacteria that inflame the gastrointestinal tract and damage its lining.
When we can't lose weight, we tend to want to blame something outside our control. Could it be related to the mictobiota – the bacteria and other organisms – that colonise your gut?
Two-thirds of children have already received antibiotics by the time they are one year old.
If you have a ten-month-old baby, what do you need to know? What do you need to ask your GP about the benefits and risks of antibiotics?
You gotta have guts to succeed at Rio 2016 – and very healthy ones, at that.
Betty Aneyumel from the Karamoja tribe rakes fermented millet to prepare a local alcoholic drink in Moroto, eastern Uganda.
There's more to fermented foods than a good meal. Scientists are learning just how such foods encourage the growth of probiotics and how this keeps people healthy.
Shoppers have had it with supermarket science and instead are embracing more holistic styles of eating.
Hmmm … looks good to me.
No wonder scientists love it.
Why are some new parents wiping vaginal fluid all over their baby’s mouth, eyes, and skin?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that have been delivering health benefits for thousands of years by helping to establish healthy gut microbiota.
The human gastrointestinal tract harbours trillions of microorganisms, with up to 1,000 or so different bacterial species.
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The secret to longevity – take a look at your poo to find out.
Don’t undo all your good work by eating this on the weekend.
Yo-yoing between eating well during the week and bingeing on junk food over the weekend is likely to be just as bad for your gut health as a consistent diet of junk.
They say you are what you eat, and we’re learning that a bad diet might mean bad moods and bad behaviour.
Your thoughts, moods and behaviours are the product of your brain. What you eat affects the chemicals in your brain, and thus your moods and behaviours.
Acid busting PPIs may have some downsides.
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PPI drugs are widely used to suppress gastric acid, but they could come with some risk to our 100 trillion gut microbes.
Tests on mice have shown certain antibiotic-resistant gut bacteria can be treated with faecal transplants.
Two of the most common antibiotic-resistant bacteria circulating in hospitals can be wiped out by transplanting faeces from a healthy animal into the gut of an infected one, a study on mice has found.
Not quite true.
Severe allergies are on the rise – could our diet be to blame?
Gut bacteria don’t like.
Supersize me too: how junk food decimates thousands of friendly microbe species.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a leading cause of hospital infections.
New research shows the best way to treat hospital infections caused by C. difficile may be with more of the bacteria.
The bacteria living in your gut have more to do with your immune system than you might think.
Your intestines are home to many different kinds of bacteria (and some non-bacterial organisms as well). Together they’re called the “gut microbiome.” They come from the food you eat – and whatever else…
A parasite wants to live with you, and to do that it needs to convince your body’s immune system to ignore it.
When you’re sick, you want the most effective treatment to help get you back on your feet. But what if that involved bugs? Maggots and leeches have been used for decades and are still supplied to hospitals…