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No matter its cause, diarrhea is uncomfortable. Rapeepong Puttakumwong/Moment via Getty Images

Why do people get diarrhea?

Poop comes in many shapes, sizes and textures. The kind that’s too runny might be the result of wayward germs, Crohn’s disease or lactose intolerance.
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.

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