Pregnancy changes the structure and function of virtually every organ system of the body. That includes some big changes to the gut.
Rheumatoid arthritis leads to painful joint inflammation, often in the hands and wrists.
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A new species of bacteria that doesn’t normally live in the gut may trigger an immune response so strong that it spreads to the joints.
The gut microbiome may also play a role in personalized medicine.
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As early modern humans spread across the globe, their gut microbes genetically changed with them. Understanding the origins of gut microbes could improve understanding of their role in human health.
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Nice recommends faecal transplants to treat antibiotic-resistant Clostridium difficile infections. The treatment has been used in the UK since 2013.
Science shows that humans are happier and healthier around other animal and plant species.
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People wouldn’t last long without the countless other species we depend on for survival.
You and the trillions of microbes in your gut can live in harmony.
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The types of microbes residing in your gut can affect your mental and physical health. Home microbiome tests promise to help consumers improve the composition of their gut microbes.
Stem cell transplants involve completely eliminating and then replacing the immune system of a patient, often by transplanting the bone marrow.
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Patients with blood cancer undergoing stem cell transplantation have a high risk of complications. The bacteria in their gut, however, can help their immune system recover and fight infections.
Mosquito-borne diseases are estimated to cause over 1 million deaths a year.
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Certain viruses like dengue and Zika can make their hosts smell tastier to mosquitoes. Luckily, vitamin A and its derivatives may help combat these odor changes.
People may need to take long-term antibiotics for a range of conditions.
Our gut microbiome is connected to almost every aspect of our health – including brain health.
While the gut microbiome has gotten much of the spotlight, the microbes in the lungs also play an important role in health.
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Disruptions to the lung microbiome are linked to a number of respiratory conditions in both children and adults.
No matter its cause, diarrhea is uncomfortable.
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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.
Research from Japan has found that a certain type of gut bacteria appears to lower the rate of COVID deaths.
When not hibernating, ground squirrels need to feast to store energy.
Months not eating or moving don’t result in muscle wasting and loss of function for animals that hibernate. New research found gut microbes help their hosts hold onto and use nitrogen to build proteins.
New research dispels the myth that gut bacteria causes autism. Rather, changes in the gut bacteria of some people with autism are driven by restricted diets or ‘picky eating’.
The complex and fascinating community of ‘bugs’ that live in the vagina have just been linked to a groundbreaking new test to identify the risk of preterm birth.
People who lost weight had higher levels of certain beneficial bacteria in their gut.
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We have trillions of microbes in our gut – and each do something different for our body.
Mice given a faecal transplant from young mice, rejuvenated their brains and were better able to complete a maze task.
Potatoes have been given a hard time.
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Potatoes contain many vitamins and nutrients which are essential for good health.
Glaciers aren’t sterile wastelands – they’re chock-full of microscopic life.
Invisible to the eye, the microbial life in the air around us can vary depending on our environment.