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Intestinal Flora

  • Scientists Investigate Microbial Growth and Death Inside Our Guts
    For the first time, scientists can accurately measure population growth rates of the microbes that live inside mammalian gastrointestinal tracts, according to a new method reported in Nature Communications by a team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired ...More
    November 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • AGA Supports Scientists' Plea for National Movement on the Microbiome
    Leading scientists have joined together and called for an interdisciplinary, public-private initiative focused on the microbiome. The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) applauds this call for a formal approach to understanding microbial communities critical to ...More
    November 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Viruses Flourish in the Guts of Healthy Babies
    Bacteria aren't the only nonhuman invaders to colonize the gut shortly after a baby's birth. Viruses also set up house there, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. All together, these invisible residents are thought to play ...More
    September 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • Brain Infection Study Reveals How Disease Spreads From Gut
    Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. The study reveals how the proteins -- called prions -- spread from the gut to the brain after a person or animal has eaten contaminated ...More
    August 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Targeting Gut Bacteria Might Help Burn and Trauma Patients
    A study published in PLOS ONE has found that burn patients experience dramatic changes in the 100 trillion bacteria inside the gastrointestinal tract. Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division scientists found that in patients who had suffered severe burns, there ...More
    July 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • How a Gut Feeling for Infection Programs Our Immune Response
    An unexpected finding by an international team of scientists based at the University of Manchester and National Institutes of Health has shed new light on how immune cells are programmed to either repair or protect the body. It is hoped that the discovery will inform the ...More
    June 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • Boosting Gut Bacteria Defense System May Lead to Better Bloodstream Infection Treatments
    An upset in the body's natural balance of gut bacteria that may lead to life-threatening bloodstream infections can be reversed by enhancing a specific immune defense response, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. In the study, published online in Nature ...More
    June 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • In Late Post-Surgical Colon Leaks, Finger Points to Microbes
    Post-surgical leaks that develop after a segment of the colon has been removed and stitched back together often are caused not by negligence or technical error but by bacteria in the bowel that elude antibiotics, according to new evidence about this devastating complication ...More
    May 6, 2015 Posted in News
  • Sewage Provides Insight Into the Human Microbiome
    A new study demonstrates that sewage is an effective means to sample the fecal bacteria from millions of people. Researchers say the information gleaned from the work provides a unique opportunity to monitor, through gut microbes, the public health of a large population ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How C. difficile Wreaks Havoc in the Gut
    Sometimes, science means staying awake for two days straight. But losing sleep is a small sacrifice to make, if you want to learn more about tiny bacteria that sicken half a million Americans each year, kill more than 14,000 of them, and rack up $4.8 billion in healthcare ...More
    February 19, 2015 Posted in News
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