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Salt is all over our plates, in bread, ham, cheese and almost all processed foods. We tend to exceed the recommended amount of sodium intake per day, which according to the World Health Organization, is 5 grams and we also know that eating too much salt is related to cardiovascular diseases. Now, scientists may have discovered the reason behind this…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Salt is all over our plates, in bread, ham, cheese and almost all processed foods. We tend to exceed the recommended amount of sodium intake per day, which according to the World Health Organization, is 5 grams and we also know that eating too much salt is related to cardiovascular diseases. Now, scientists may have discovered the reason behind this…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

From the beginning of time until now, and from human birth to adulthood, microbes have been active players. Joe Hanson of It’s Okay to Be Smart tells the story of the gut microbiota and its importance for general health with fun texts and illustrations.

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From the beginning of time until now, and from human birth to adulthood, microbes have been active players. Joe Hanson of It’s Okay to Be Smart tells the story of the gut microbiota and its importance for general health with fun texts and illustrations.

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If you are [a] zebra running for your life, or [a] lion sprinting for your next meal, you body's physiological response mechanisms are superbly adapted for dealing with such short-term physical emergencies... When we sit around and worry about stressful things, we turn on the same physiological responses—but they are potentially a disaster when provoked chronically. - Robert M. Sapolsky…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

If you are [a] zebra running for your life, or [a] lion sprinting for your next meal, you body's physiological response mechanisms are superbly adapted for dealing with such short-term physical emergencies... When we sit around and worry about stressful things, we turn on the same physiological responses—but they are potentially a disaster when provoked chronically. - Robert M. Sapolsky…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

Giulia Enders is an MD working at the Israelite Hospital (Israelitisches Krankenhaus, IK) and author of the bestseller ‘Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ’. Enders explains how and why she became fascinated by the functions and the importance of the human gastrointestinal tract, including the gut microbiota, in this talk held in TEDxDanubia, Budapest (Hungary), in…

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Giulia Enders is an MD working at the Israelite Hospital (Israelitisches Krankenhaus, IK) and author of the bestseller ‘Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ’. Enders explains how and why she became fascinated by the functions and the importance of the human gastrointestinal tract, including the gut microbiota, in this talk held in TEDxDanubia, Budapest (Hungary), in…

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It is known, as we have already explained in this blog, that inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis, are linked to an imbalance in gut microbiota, known as dysbiosis. Nevertheless, the reason explaining this connection remains a mystery for scientists. It is also known from previous research that oral bacteria do not tend to live in…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

It is known, as we have already explained in this blog, that inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) like Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis, are linked to an imbalance in gut microbiota, known as dysbiosis. Nevertheless, the reason explaining this connection remains a mystery for scientists. It is also known from previous research that oral bacteria do not tend to live in…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Research & Practice

Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) refers to a clinical spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders triggered by environmental conditions, metabolic disorders and/or infections, which may increase children’s risk of sleep disturbances and mood disorders. A specific subset within the broader clinical spectrum of PANS includes pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections syndrome (PANDAS). An increasing amount of research is focusing…

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Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) refers to a clinical spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders triggered by environmental conditions, metabolic disorders and/or infections, which may increase children’s risk of sleep disturbances and mood disorders. A specific subset within the broader clinical spectrum of PANS includes pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections syndrome (PANDAS). An increasing amount of research is focusing…

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Although intake of certain non-antibiotic drugs -antidiabetics such as metformin and acarbose, proton pump inhibitors, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and second-generation antipsychotics, opioids and statins- that target human cells have been related to changes in the gut microbiome composition, little is known regarding the extent to which this happens for a broader range of drugs. A recent study, led by Dr.…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Although intake of certain non-antibiotic drugs -antidiabetics such as metformin and acarbose, proton pump inhibitors, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and second-generation antipsychotics, opioids and statins- that target human cells have been related to changes in the gut microbiome composition, little is known regarding the extent to which this happens for a broader range of drugs. A recent study, led by Dr.…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

A carbohydrate-restricted diet has been emerging as an effective dietary intervention for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in humans. NAFLD is the most prevalent form of liver disease in western countries, affecting an estimated up to 30% of the population and has been reported to be an independent risk factor for increased mortality related to cardiovascular and liver diseases. However,…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

A carbohydrate-restricted diet has been emerging as an effective dietary intervention for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in humans. NAFLD is the most prevalent form of liver disease in western countries, affecting an estimated up to 30% of the population and has been reported to be an independent risk factor for increased mortality related to cardiovascular and liver diseases. However,…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Recent observational data in infants (here; here) suggest a developmental origin for childhood atopy and subsequent asthma involving the gut microbiome perturbation and associated metabolic dysfunction in early life. However, little is known regarding gut microbiota maturation over the first year of life in infants at high risk for asthma and whether targeting the gut microbiome may modify disease risk.…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

Recent observational data in infants (here; here) suggest a developmental origin for childhood atopy and subsequent asthma involving the gut microbiome perturbation and associated metabolic dysfunction in early life. However, little is known regarding gut microbiota maturation over the first year of life in infants at high risk for asthma and whether targeting the gut microbiome may modify disease risk.…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

The prevalence of childhood allergic diseases is increasing throughout the world. Although previous research (here; here) has found that gut microbial colonization dynamics differ between allergic and healthy infants, little is known regarding the extent to which specific changes in gut microbiota composition in early life could be used as potential biomarkers of later allergic disease, or could be used…

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The prevalence of childhood allergic diseases is increasing throughout the world. Although previous research (here; here) has found that gut microbial colonization dynamics differ between allergic and healthy infants, little is known regarding the extent to which specific changes in gut microbiota composition in early life could be used as potential biomarkers of later allergic disease, or could be used…

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