Intestinal Flora

  • 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
    4 weeks ago 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
    4 weeks ago 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
  • Unwanted Impact of Antibiotics are Broader, More Complex Than Previously Known
    Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that antibiotics have an impact on the microorganisms that live in an animal's gut that's more broad and complex than previously known. The findings help to better explain some of the damage these medications can do, ...More
    February 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Microbiologists Discover How Gut Bacterial Resources are Hijacked to Promote Intestinal Illnesses
    UT Southwestern Medical Center microbiologists have identified key bacteria in the gut whose resources are hijacked to spread harmful foodborne E. coli infections and other intestinal illnesses. Though many E. coli bacteria are harmless and critical to gut health, some E. ...More
    December 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Gut Viruses Join Bacterial Cousins in Maintaining Health and Fighting Infections
    Microbiologists at NYU Langone Medical Center say they have what may be the first strong evidence that the natural presence of viruses in the gut — or what they call the ‘virome’ — plays a health-maintenance and infection-fighting role similar to ...More
    November 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Flu Infection Can Wreak Havoc in the Gut
    Flu infection has long-ranging effects beyond the lung that can wreak havoc in the gut and cause a dreaded symptom, diarrhea, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Gastrointestinal symptoms are often seen with flu infection, but because the ...More
    November 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Gut Bacteria are Protected by Host During Illness
    To protect their gut microbes during illness, sick mice produce specialized sugars in the gut that feed their microbiota and maintain a healthy microbial balance. This protective mechanism also appears to help resist or tolerate additional harmful pathogens, and its ...More
    October 1, 2014 Posted in News
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