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Intestinal Flora


  • High-Fiber Diet Keeps Gut Microbes From Eating the Colon's Lining, Protects Against Infection
    It sounds like the plot of a 1950s science fiction movie: normal, helpful bacteria that begin to eat their host from within, because they don’t get what they want. But new research shows that’s exactly what happens when microbes inside the digestive system ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • How Important is the Gut Microbiome? It May Depend on Your Genetics
    Our gut microbiomes--the bacteria that live in our digestive tract--play major roles in our health. Scientists around the world are studying therapies that manipulate the microbiome, including probiotics (such as live bacterial cultures in yogurt), prebiotics (edible fibers ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Proteins Secreted by Beneficial Gut Microbes Shown to Inhibit Salmonella, Invasive E. coli
    Few treatments exist for bacteria-caused intestinal inflammation that leads to diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. But University of California, Irvine microbiologists have demonstrated a new approach that may lead to more effective remedies. In the journal Nature, ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • 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
    October 11, 2016 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
    October 6, 2016 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
    October 5, 2016 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
    October 4, 2016 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
    October 4, 2016 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
    October 3, 2016 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
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