Intestinal Flora

  • Study Takes Closer Look at the Role of Gut Microbes in the Immune System
    New research suggests that gut microorganisms do not merely influence immune cell function, but also support the production of immune cells that form the first line of defense against infection. By understanding the mechanisms responsible for maintaining and replacing ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Low Diversity of Bacteria May Increase the Risk for Asthma
    Low gut microbial diversity in the intestines of infants can increase the risk for asthma development. These are the findings of the age 7 follow-up in a multi-year study led by researchers at Linköping University. In 2011 the results of a comprehensive survey of the ...More
    January 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • Gut Microbes Affect MicroRNA Response to Bacterial Infection
    When it comes to fighting off pathogens like Listeria, your best allies may be the billions of microorganisms that line your gut, according to new research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The study reveals that ...More
    December 10, 2013 Posted in News
  • Gut Microbes in Healthy Kids Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes
    Friendly microbes in the intestinal tracts of healthy American children have numerous antibiotic resistance genes, according to results of a pilot study by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The genes are cause for concern because they can ...More
    November 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • Research Reveals Impact of Fecal Transplantation Upon Gut Flora and Digestive Health
    Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is effective in resolving Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in immunocompromised patients with few serious adverse events according to an retrospective series presented at the 78th annual scientific meeting of the American College ...More
    October 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • Gut Microbes Closely Linked to a Range of Health Issues
    A new understanding of the essential role of gut microbes in the immune system may hold the key to dealing with some of the more significant health problems facing people in the world today, Oregon State University researchers say in a new analysis. Problems ranging from ...More
    September 16, 2013 Posted in News
  • Stomach Bacteria Switch Off Human Immune Defenses to Cause Disease
    Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that establishes a life-long stomach infection in humans, which in some cases can lead to duodenal ulcers or stomach cancer. New research, presented at this week's Society for General Microbiology Autumn Conference, gives us a clearer ...More
    September 4, 2013 Posted in News
  • Stanford Scientists Show How Antibiotics Enable Pathogenic Gut Infections
    A new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine could help pinpoint ways to counter the effects of the antibiotics-driven depletion of friendly, gut-dwelling bacteria. A number of intestinal pathogens can cause problems after antibiotic ...More
    September 3, 2013 Posted in News
  • Biologists Identify Mechanism by Which Beneficial Bacteria Reside, Thrive in Gastrointestinal Tract
    The human body is full of tiny microorganisms—hundreds to thousands of species of bacteria collectively called the microbiome, which are believed to contribute to a healthy existence. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract—and the colon in particular—is home to the largest ...More
    August 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Gut Bacteria Play Key Role in Vaccination
    The bacteria that live in the human gut may play an important role in immune response to vaccines and infection by wild-type enteric organisms, according to two recent studies resulting from a collaborative effort between the University of Maryland School of Medicine ...More
    June 5, 2013 Posted in News
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