Social media reports of people trying faecal transplants at home and curing their long-term illness are increasing. But the potential harms are considerable and rarely discussed.
Blood isn’t sterile, and analyzing the bacteria in it could help assess the health of fish and prevent the collapse of their populations.
With the help of the microbes that once played an essential role in keeping you alive, the building blocks of your body go on to become a part of other living things.
The microbiome and its signature smells are crucial for most organisms, whether human, insect or plant. The silent signals sent by the microbiome are essential communications that influence behaviour.
Bacteria and lipids get a bad rap for causing breakouts and oily skin. But both play an essential role in helping your skin barrier stay strong against pathogens and insults from the environment.
Nurturing your gut microbiome can go hand in hand with nurturing your social community, with health benefits all around.
In the past two decades, technology has allowed scientists to learn so much more about the human body and its microbiomes. These discoveries may pave the way to new therapies.
Many processed foods strip carbs of their natural fibers. Eating foods with an ideal total carbohydrate-to-fiber ratio can help with weight management and improve overall health.
An appreciation for the moths that chomp holes in your clothes. They eat the inedible, occupy the uninhabitable and overcome every evolutionary obstacle in their way.
Babies guts found to have ten times as many viral species as bacterial species.
Research suggests there could be a link between hay fever and the microbiome. Exploring this connection paves the way for potential treatments.
Research has examined how ultraprocessed foods can contribute to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mood disorders. A healthier diet is one way to use food as medicine.
All mammals who get nutrients from their parent via a placenta before birth are left with a belly button. It’s a visual reminder of this original connection.
The gut microbiome plays a big role in mediating how the immune system responds to perceived threats, which include the body’s own nerves.
Our Mars rovers might not be sensitive enough to detect signs of life. But lessons from Antarctica might make future missions more successful.
Cancer cells are ‘cheaters’ that do not cooperate with the rest of the body. Certain microbes in your diet can either protect against or promote tumor formation by influencing cell cooperation.
Some scientists believe that the placenta and amniotic fluid that surrounds a foetus have their own microbiome. A new review refutes this.
Mice with minimal levels of gut bacteria showed less brain cell damage.
The microbes in our gut have many roles, including to support immune function.
Pregnancy changes the structure and function of virtually every organ system of the body. That includes some big changes to the gut.