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Intestinal Flora

  • Intestinal Diversity Protects Against Asthma
    Children who develop asthma or allergies have an altered immune response to intestinal bacteria in the mucous membranes even as infants. This has been shown by a new study at Linköping University in Sweden, which also suggests that the mother’s immune system ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Study Demonstrates Role of Gut Bacteria in Neurodegenerative Diseases
    Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) are all characterized by clumped, misfolded proteins and inflammation in the brain. In more than 90 percent of cases, physicians and scientists do not know what causes ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Parkinson's Disease Protection May Begin in the Gut
    Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that the gut may be key to preventing Parkinson's disease. Cells located in the intestine spark an immune response that protects nerve cells, or neurons, against damage connected with Parkinson's disease. Acting like ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Study Explains How an Intestinal Microbe Protects Against More Dangerous Bacteria
    Antibiotics save millions of lives, but their tendency to kill helpful and harmful bacteria alike, coupled with the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, means that they are not without their downside. Probiotics consisting of beneficial microorganisms, meanwhile, have ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Disease-Causing Gut Bacteria Common in Children
    A type of bacteria which can cause diarrhea and inhibit growth in children in developing countries has been found in 14 percent of a sample of children in an industrialized country. However, the children had only mild gastrointestinal symptoms or no symptoms at all. ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Mix and Match Microbes to Make Probiotics Last
    Scientists have tried to alter the human gut microbiota to improve health by introducing beneficial probiotic bacteria. Yet commercially available probiotics do not establish themselves in the gut. A study published September 29 in Cell Host & Microbe suggests that it ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • ICU Patients Lose Beneficial Gut Bacteria Within Days of Hospital Admission
    The microbiome of patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital differs dramatically from that of healthy patients, according to a new study published in mSphere. Researchers analyzing microbial taxa in ICU patients' guts, mouth and skin reported finding ...More
    August 31, 2016 Posted in News
  • Intestinal Flora Affects Drug Response
    Intestinal flora has multiple influences on human health, but researchers have revealed that it is also likely to have an effect on the body's response to drugs. Recent research from Kumamoto University in Japan strongly suggests that changes in the intestinal flora, caused ...More
    August 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Cycle of Inflammation and Microbiome Disruption May Play Key Role in Sepsis
    No one knows for sure how they got there, but the discovery that bacteria that normally live in the gut can be detected in the lungs of critically ill people and animals could mean a lot for intensive care patients. Today, scientists are reporting that they found gut ...More
    July 18, 2016 Posted in News
  • Childhood Antibiotic Treatments Reduce Diversity and Stability of Intestinal Microbiota
    The DIABIMMUNE project followed the development of 39 Finnish infants from birth to the age of 3. Half of the children received nine to 15 antibiotic treatments during the research period, and the other half did not receive any such treatments. Stool samples were collected ...More
    June 22, 2016 Posted in News
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