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According to the results of a recent study with rodents by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), antibiotics treatments during pregnancy may put newborns at risk of disease by challenging their immune system. When they’re born, infants move from a largely sterile environment, their mothers’ womb, to one full of microorganisms, the outer world. Both animal and humans learn to adapt to this situation by being exposed to their mother’s microbes from the very moment of birth, as delivery kick-starts the immune system of the newborns. The results of the study, published in Nature Medicine, suggest that the mother’s gut microbiota may play an essential role in this transference as…

The mix of bacteria that live in our gut changes throughout the year, to match the food we eat in every specific season. For example, bacteria that process fresh fruit and vegetables are more abundant…

Dark chocolate is often said to be good for the health. Now, a study has found one reason why cocoa powder is beneficial for the heart and for weight control. The reason lies in the gut: bacteria forming the gut flora break down chocolate components into molecules that reduce stress on the blood vessels. These findings were reported during the latest American Chemical Society (ACM) Meeting in Dallas by scientists from Louisiana State University, led by Professor John Finley. Eating chocolate has been associated with benefits ranging from aphrodisiac effects to curing fatigue. Science has confirmed some of these benefits: the cocoa contained in chocolate may reduce blood pressure and…

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According to the results of a recent study with rodents by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), antibiotics treatments during pregnancy may put newborns at risk of disease by challenging their immune system. When they’re born, infants move from a largely sterile environment, their mothers’ womb, to one full of microorganisms, the outer world. Both animal and humans learn to adapt to this situation by being exposed to their mother’s microbes from the very moment of birth, as delivery kick-starts the immune system of the newborns. The results of the study, published in Nature Medicine, suggest that the mother’s gut microbiota may play an essential role in this transference as…

The mix of bacteria that live in our gut changes throughout the year, to match the food we eat in every specific season. For example, bacteria that process fresh fruit and vegetables are more abundant…

Dark chocolate is often said to be good for the health. Now, a study has found one reason why cocoa powder is beneficial for the heart and for weight control. The reason lies in the gut: bacteria forming the gut flora break down chocolate components into molecules that reduce stress on the blood vessels. These findings were reported during the latest American Chemical Society (ACM) Meeting in Dallas by scientists from Louisiana State University, led by Professor John Finley. Eating chocolate has been associated with benefits ranging from aphrodisiac effects to curing fatigue. Science has confirmed some of these benefits: the cocoa contained in chocolate may reduce blood pressure and…