Category : Obesity

A recent study, led by Dr. Menghui Zhang from the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), has shown that gut resistome of obese children is reduced after a dietary intervention.   The resistome refers to the collection of all the antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) in a specific environment. The human gut microbiota includes a…

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 recent study, led by Dr. Menghui Zhang from the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), has shown that gut resistome of obese children is reduced after a dietary intervention.   The resistome refers to the collection of all the antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) in a specific environment. The human gut microbiota includes a…

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 new study, led by Dr. Seong-Tshool Hong from the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Institute for Medical Science, at Chonbuk National University Medical School in Jeonju (South Korea), showed that a free fatty acid-absorbing Lactobacillus strain reduced dietary fat absorption both in mice and humans, suggesting a potential treatment for obesity. Recent research suggests that manipulating gut microbiota represents…

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 new study, led by Dr. Seong-Tshool Hong from the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Institute for Medical Science, at Chonbuk National University Medical School in Jeonju (South Korea), showed that a free fatty acid-absorbing Lactobacillus strain reduced dietary fat absorption both in mice and humans, suggesting a potential treatment for obesity. Recent research suggests that manipulating gut microbiota represents…

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 recent study, led by Dr. Tine Rask Licht, head of the Research Group for Microbiology and Immunology from the National Food Institute at Technical University of Denmark, found that the development and establishment of the infant gut microbiota at 9 months of age is primarily driven by the transition to family foods, independently of maternal obesity.   The first…

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 recent study, led by Dr. Tine Rask Licht, head of the Research Group for Microbiology and Immunology from the National Food Institute at Technical University of Denmark, found that the development and establishment of the infant gut microbiota at 9 months of age is primarily driven by the transition to family foods, independently of maternal obesity.   The first…

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 recent study, led by Dr. Fredrik Bäckhed from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, found that seasonal microbiota variation may modulate energy metabolism of the hibernating brown bear.   Free-ranging brown bears (Ursus arctos) undergo cycles of active phase during the summer followed by prolonged hibernation periods during the winter. During the active phase brown bears overeat and double…

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 recent study, led by Dr. Fredrik Bäckhed from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, found that seasonal microbiota variation may modulate energy metabolism of the hibernating brown bear.   Free-ranging brown bears (Ursus arctos) undergo cycles of active phase during the summer followed by prolonged hibernation periods during the winter. During the active phase brown bears overeat and double…

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

When a host experiences increased energy demands, do the gut microbiota help maintain homeostasis? In a recent Cell article, Chevalier, et al. showed that mice who were exposed to cold temperatures experienced a shift in microbiota composition. Transplanting this 'cold microbiota' into germ-free mice resulted in increased insulin sensitivity and white fat browning, with increased energy expenditure and fat loss.…

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

When a host experiences increased energy demands, do the gut microbiota help maintain homeostasis? In a recent Cell article, Chevalier, et al. showed that mice who were exposed to cold temperatures experienced a shift in microbiota composition. Transplanting this 'cold microbiota' into germ-free mice resulted in increased insulin sensitivity and white fat browning, with increased energy expenditure and fat loss.…

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

At the second PreProSim -- Brazilian Congress on Pre, Pro and Synbiotics --, several sessions on June 16th covered the topic of metabolic disorders and obesity. Koen Venema, Top Institute Food & Nutrition [TIFN], the Netherlands - Prebiotics and probiotics in metabolic syndrome Koen Venema says transplant studies show the microbiota can induce obesity. He introduced a review on the topic…

Fernando Aspiroz

At the second PreProSim -- Brazilian Congress on Pre, Pro and Synbiotics --, several sessions on June 16th covered the topic of metabolic disorders and obesity. Koen Venema, Top Institute Food & Nutrition [TIFN], the Netherlands - Prebiotics and probiotics in metabolic syndrome Koen Venema says transplant studies show the microbiota can induce obesity. He introduced a review on the topic…

Fernando Aspiroz

Liping Zhao and colleagues, in their recent paper on a dietary intervention for simple and genetic obesity, discussed evidence for the existence of gut microbiota 'guilds': bacterial genomes within the gut ecosystem that responded to the dietary intervention as a group. Zhao further explains to GMFH editors, "Guilds are functional groups formed by different species in an ecosystem. Members in…

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

Liping Zhao and colleagues, in their recent paper on a dietary intervention for simple and genetic obesity, discussed evidence for the existence of gut microbiota 'guilds': bacterial genomes within the gut ecosystem that responded to the dietary intervention as a group. Zhao further explains to GMFH editors, "Guilds are functional groups formed by different species in an ecosystem. Members in…

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

Previous studies have shown both genetics and the gut microbiome influence a host's metabolic phenotype. By analyzing the fecal samples of twins, researchers found that the abundance of many microbial taxa in the gut were influenced by genetics. The family Christensenellaceae was the most heritable, and co-occurred with a group of other microorganisms. This heritable group was associated with a…

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.

Previous studies have shown both genetics and the gut microbiome influence a host's metabolic phenotype. By analyzing the fecal samples of twins, researchers found that the abundance of many microbial taxa in the gut were influenced by genetics. The family Christensenellaceae was the most heritable, and co-occurred with a group of other microorganisms. This heritable group was associated with a…

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.

A recent study lent insight into the role of the microbiota in both diet-related and genetic obesity in humans. This Chinese study, led by Prof. Liping Zhao, Prof. Aihua Yin, and Prof. Huiru Tang, involved 17 children with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) -- the most common genetic cause of morbid obesity in children -- and 21 with simple (diet-induced) obesity. The…

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

A recent study lent insight into the role of the microbiota in both diet-related and genetic obesity in humans. This Chinese study, led by Prof. Liping Zhao, Prof. Aihua Yin, and Prof. Huiru Tang, involved 17 children with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) -- the most common genetic cause of morbid obesity in children -- and 21 with simple (diet-induced) obesity. The…

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

Tremaroli et al. reported that bariatric surgery for obesity, whether gastric bypass or vertical banded gastroplasty, induced a significant and sustained change in the gut microbiome of 14 women for at least a decade.   The researchers observed that both surgical procedures induced similar and durable changes, and were found not dependent on body mass index. Among the changes in…

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Tremaroli et al. reported that bariatric surgery for obesity, whether gastric bypass or vertical banded gastroplasty, induced a significant and sustained change in the gut microbiome of 14 women for at least a decade.   The researchers observed that both surgical procedures induced similar and durable changes, and were found not dependent on body mass index. Among the changes in…

GMFH Editing Team
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