Gut Microbiota News Watch is a section dedicated to expanding knowledge about gut microbiota’s importance for health and quality of life among the media and society in general. Using clear and easy-to-understand language, our aim is to keep our readers up-to-date on the latest facts and news about gut microbiota.

Results published in the October issue of mBIO magazine showed an imbalance in the ratio of the two largest groups of microorganisms in the human gut (Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes) in favour of Bacteriodetes, while the overall bacterial load and diversity was similar between patients and controls.

Jetlagged microbiota could contribute to obesity

13 Jan 2015

by GMFH Editing Team

A new study with rodents conducted by an Israeli team of researchers that was recently published in the Journal Cell has shown, for the very first time, that gut microbiota follows the circadian rhythm, our internal clock, just as we humans do. When this inner clock is disrupted, it can throw the microbes off, potentially increasing the risk for obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The Gut Microbiota Worldwatch 2014 Top 10

30 Dec 2014

by GMFH Editing Team

Lists and rankings are always useful. To celebrate the arrival of the New Year, we want to share with you the list of the ten most read articles from our blog during 2014, our personal Top 10!

To start with, experts from all over the world met at the 2014 edition of the Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit, jointly organised by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the Gut Microbiota and Health Section of the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM).

A research team, led by Miguel Soares of the Gulbenkian Institute of Science (IGC) in Portugal, has discovered that specific components of bacteria in the human gut flora can trigger a natural defence mechanism.