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The gut microbiome is the community of micro-organisms living inside the gastrointestinal tract, which performs many beneficial functions, including educating the immune system. (Shutterstock))

Gut reaction: How the gut microbiome may influence the severity of COVID-19

The disease is more severe in people with obesity, diabetes and hypertension — all conditions linked to changes in the gut microbiome.
Increased scientific understanding of the role microbes play in humans and other animals has led to the development of probiotics to improve heath. (Shutterstock)

Probiotics: What they are and how you might benefit from them

From dietary supplements to poop transplants, probiotics are now a multi-billion dollar market.
Gut microbe composition is fairly similar across a range of diseases. Perception7/Shutterstock.com

Gut microbes are tiny sensors of your general health

Certain gut microbes have been associated with certain diseases, but a new study finds that the pattern of microbes is consistent across a range of diseases.
By the time they turn one, half of Australian babies have had a course of antibiotics. Shutterstock

Antibiotics before birth and in early life can affect long-term health

There may be additional long-term health harms from antibiotic exposure in early life and before birth, including an increased risk of infection, obesity and asthma.
An ingredient in toothpaste and other personal care products may be harming the microbes in our gut and leaving us vulnerable to disease. Ilya Andriyanov/shutterstock.com

Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in toothpaste and other products, linked to inflammation and cancer in the gut

Triclosan is found in thousands of personal care products from toothpaste to soap. New research links it to inflammation and cancer in the gut in mice, by disrupting their microbiome.
Though examining poop samples scientists working on the American Gut Project are getting a new perspective on the microbes in our guts. By Christos Georghiou/Shutterstock.com

Studying poop samples, scientists find clues on health and disease

In the largest citizen science experiment to date, 11,336 people sent poop samples to this San Diego lab so that microbiologists could figure out how the microbes in our guts make us healthy or sick.
Each person’s unique gut microbiota composition is in continuous communication with the immune system. from shutterstock.com

How our gut bacteria affect cancer risk and response to treatment

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. from www.shutterstock.com

Food as medicine: how what you eat shapes the health of your lungs

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.

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