Understanding how pain is bugging you

Scientists at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork, Ireland, have shown that, at least in mice, gut bacteria play a key role in regulating abdominal pain and its associated changes in the brain and spinal cord.

Crohn’s Disease Severity Amplified by Fungus

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects millions worldwide and can often lead to serious intestinal disorders if left unchecked.

Gut microbiota – Tiny helpers against Samonella

HZI scientists discover immune mechanism against Salmonella in the mucosa of the gut

Lemur research gets a gut check

“Stool sample collector” is not a glamorous way to introduce oneself at a party. But in the course of their research, gut microbiologists Erin McKenney and Lydia Greene have spent a lot of time waiting for animals to relieve themselves.

Study details impact of antibiotics, antiseptics on skin microbiomes

The use of topical antibiotics can dramatically alter communities of bacteria that live on the skin, while the use of antiseptics has a much smaller, less durable impact.

Irritable bowel pain may soon be cured following 10-year study at UCC

Scientists may soon be able to alleviate the stomach pain of thousands of sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome by controlling the bacteria in the gut, according to pioneering Irish research.

$10 million gift boosts gut microbiome research at Wash U

A $10 million gift to Washington University School of Medicine will help advance the understanding of how microbes that colonize the human gut can impact human health, the university announced this week.

Is Less More?

Still life is an art form whose popularity stretches back to the roots of human civilization. Depictions of food often feature prominently in wall paintings in ancient Egyptian tombs and are common in Roman mosaics and frescos.

Metformin joins forces with gut microbes to improve blood sugars, new study finds

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg and the Institute of Biomedical Investigation of Girona have found that gut microbial shifts under metformin treatment contribute to improved blood sugar control.

Gut bacteria can stop cancer drugs from working

Presence of particular microbes or enzymes could explain why some treatments are ineffective for certain people. In the quest for personalized therapies, most research has focused on how an individual’s genome controls their body’s responses to drugs. However, there is increasing evidence that a person’s unique microbiome

Higher gut bacteria diversity tied to slower metastatic melanoma progression

The blend of bacteria in the digestive tract of metastatic melanoma patients is associated with disease progression or delay in patients treated with immunotherapy, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

The gut microbiota plays key role in diabetes treatment

A clearer picture of how the classic diabetes medication metformin works has emerged. A recent study at Sahlgrenska Academy and University of Girona indicates that the clinical effect – control of blood glucose – is achieved through modulation of the gut microbiota.

Gut bacteria could protect cancer patients and pregnant women from Listeria, study suggests

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York have discovered that bacteria living in the gut provide a first line of defense against severe Listeria infections.

A Traumatic Experience Can Reshape Your Microbiome

I’m not disputing the scientific soundness of the whole brain-gut connection, but it really does sound a little bit like something out of a science-fiction story.

VIDEO: Unraveling the Relationship Between Metabolism and Circadian Rhythm

Scientists have known that there is a link between the internal clocks that keep a schedule for our body and metabolism. Researchers have been investigating that connection, and new work using both human participants and a mouse model has revealed more.

Duke researchers discover link between microbes and genes

The millions of tiny microbes within a human body—collectively termed the body’s microbiome—could affect how genes are expressed, according to a new study by Duke researchers.

Dramatic shift in gut microbes and their metabolites seen after weight loss surgery

Obesity, already a global epidemic, is on the rise.

Bacterial reporters that get the scoop

Engineered bacteria sense, remember, and report on their experience in the gut — paving the way to living diagnostics and therapeutics

Remembrance of things past: Bacterial memory of gut inflammation

Stable engineered bacteria that retain long-term memory of gut inflammation could be used as living diagnostics for chronic intestinal diseases and other conditions


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