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Scientists discover how C. diff disrupts the human gut

Scientists have determined how Clostridium difficile causes harm in the guts of animals and people in a relatively short time frame. It is hoped that the findings will help treat severe diarrhea in patients.

Viruses help to maintain human health

New York - Scientists now argue that the natural presence of viruses in the gut (virome) help to maintain health-maintenance and infection-fighting. This is similar to the role of the intestinal bacteria.

Jet lag linked to obesity

Tel Aviv - New findings suggest that frequent airplane travel could contribute to obesity. This is by throwing out circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the composition of gut bacteria.

ICU’s effects on gut microbes

Lengthy spells in intensive care units can alter the gut microflora, according to a new study. When a patient spends a long time in ICU the gut seems to undergo near-complete ecologic collapse. This has major health consequences.

Search for biofuels leads to the human gut

The search for microorganisms to use in biofuel generation has led to the human lower intestine. A new study demonstrates how such microorganisms could be effective candidates for organic fuel production.

Using ‘nanojuice’ to examine the gut

Scientists are developing a new imaging technique involving nanoparticles suspended in liquid to form “nanojuice” that patients would drink.

Type 1 diabetes linked to different gut bacteria

Groningen - Children with type 1 diabetes have a less balanced composition of gut bacteria compared with children of the same age without diabetes, according to a new study.

Preterm babies and risks from gut bacteria

Babies born prematurely often withstand complications of early birth only to suffer late-onset sepsis at 72 hours of age. Researchers have discovered that preterm babies' guts harbor infectious microbes that can cause late-onset sepsis.

Dark chocolate is good for you, thanks to your gut microbes

The bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract help digest dark chocolate, releasing anti-inflammatory compounds, according to a new study.

Gut bacteria may influence Type 1 diabetes

Gut bacteria in children, with typical diabetes auto-antibodies, differ from those in healthy children. These differences exist before antibodies are detectable in the blood.

How a good diet leads to a healthy gut

According to a leading nutritionist, diet is key for our gastrointestinal health. A good diet can prevent several immune related disorders and ill-health effects.

Gut bacteria linked to Crohn's Disease

A new study has found that the gut microbiomes of patients with Crohn’s disease are markedly different than those of healthy individuals.

Different diets affect gut bacteria

Different diets can alter the microbial makeup of the human gastro-intestinal tract, and change the behavior of those bacteria. Researchers have examined the differences between a largely meat and vegan diet.

Studying gut bacteria to determine tumor risk

Inflammation appears to play a role in the development of colorectal cancer, and this inflammation is triggered by certain gut bacteria, which some people possess and others do not.

Some gut bacteria can boost the immune system

A new Japanese study suggests that gut bacteria play a key role in the maturation of the immune system. Where the gut bacteria are not optimal, some people can be prone to certain diseases.

Low birth weight signalled by gut bacteria

Infants at birth have similar bacteria types and numbers in their gut and mouth. However, with low birth weight infants the types of bacteria soon start to vary.

Intestinal bacteria linked to rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers have linked a species of intestinal bacteria known as Prevotella copri to the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. This is the first time that the condition has been linked with bacteria.

Gut bacteria can ‘switch off’ the immune system

Sheffield - Bacteria which cause stomach infections can, in some cases, switch off parts of the immune system leading to a greater risk of duodenal ulcers or stomach cancer.

Gut bacteria and overeating, a new development

A genetic mapping study of intestinal bacteria has indicated that people with fewer and less diverse bacteria are at greater risk of obesity and associated diseases.

Gut-brain communication failure can trigger overeating

Repairing a faulty communication line between the gut and the brain could suppress the urge to overeat. This is the outcome of a study on mice and scientists think that a similar strategy could be used to treat compulsive eating in people.

Gut microbes used to treat immune diseases

An oral administration, consisting of a cocktail of bacteria derived from the human gut, seems to reduce colitis and allergy-invoked diarrhea in mice.

Is autism linked to gut bacteria?

Phoenix - New research suggests that the bacteria that reside in the human gut influence children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is related to stomach conditions in children who go onto show signs of autism.

Scientists examine bird poo contents

Scientists have examined the contents of bird poo and have compared the bacteria isolated with young birds and adults. The results reveal several differences in the composition of gut bacteria.

Killing Salmonella using human feces

Researchers have recently found a novel mode of interaction between Salmonella, a foodborne pathogen, and the gut bacteria, where certain bacteria isolated from human feces can kill the pathogen.

Gut bacteria, food and heart attacks

As gut bacteria digest certain foods, such as eggs and beef, they produce a compound that may in turn increase heart disease risk.

Gut microorganisms may assist with weight loss

Microorganisms residing in the gut may be responsible for at least part of the fat-shedding effects of gastric bypass surgery, according some controversial research.

Do supplements in baby formula prevent allergies?

A research review suggests that prebiotic supplements in infant formula may help to prevent eczema and avoid other types of allergies.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease linked to 'bad' bacteria

Researchers have discovered a biological mechanism by which harmful bacteria grow and edge out beneficial bacteria, thereby damaging the gut in inflammatory bowel disease.

Gut bacteria can influence strokes

More research is emerging about the bacteria that we carry in our gut and the effect this has on health. The latest research suggests that an altered gut microbiota in humans can be associated with strokes.

Gut microbes can aid digestion

A new study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine reveals some gut microbes increase the absorption of dietary fats, allowing the host organism to extract more calories from the same amount of food.
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