The last year has allowed a better understanding of environment-host-microbiome interactions in modulating health and disease. Environmental factors related to diet and drugs are the largest determinants of microbiota composition. As a result, scientists are studying how food nutrients and drugs -antibiotics and beyond- specifically affect many aspects of human health through gut microbes and how the microbiome itself affects the bioavailability of nutrients and the therapeutic efficacy of drugs. Besides this, there has been an increased awareness of the importance of the beneficial effects of probiotics not only on gut health but also its indirect role in boosting emotional wellbeing and cognitive functions in neuropsychiatric conditions but also in healthy adults.
The increase in gut microbiota publications in PubMed has also paralleled with a high interest of both scientists and healthcare professionals and the lay public in gut microbiota science. As a result, the GMFH digital community has reached 63,000 members, with more than 645,000 visits during 2018.
Have a look at this “2018 Year at a glance” report and learn more about the year’s key findings.