Category : Research & Practice

In this free online course by Wageningen University & Research, instructed by Clara Belzer, you will learn how to distinguish fact from fiction about the role of the microbiome in health and disease: how the human microbiome plays an important role in maintaining normal gut function, digesting certain nutrients, early life development, behavior and disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),…

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In this free online course by Wageningen University & Research, instructed by Clara Belzer, you will learn how to distinguish fact from fiction about the role of the microbiome in health and disease: how the human microbiome plays an important role in maintaining normal gut function, digesting certain nutrients, early life development, behavior and disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),…

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Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a common condition worldwide that has been related not only to biochemical abnormalities and inflammation, but also to imbalances in the gut microbiota. Researchers from the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán and the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City have found that the gut microbiota may explain the benefits of…

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Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a common condition worldwide that has been related not only to biochemical abnormalities and inflammation, but also to imbalances in the gut microbiota. Researchers from the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition Salvador Zubirán and the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City have found that the gut microbiota may explain the benefits of…

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With the huge amount of press coverage of the effectiveness of probiotics and prebiotics as a way to improve human health and wellbeing, it’s difficult to keep abreast of everything that’s going on in the field. A recent narrative review, authored by five of the world’s leading scientists in the field, summarizes the clinical application and use in humans of…

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With the huge amount of press coverage of the effectiveness of probiotics and prebiotics as a way to improve human health and wellbeing, it’s difficult to keep abreast of everything that’s going on in the field. A recent narrative review, authored by five of the world’s leading scientists in the field, summarizes the clinical application and use in humans of…

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Numerous claims are currently being made about different dietary patterns as a means of ensuring optimal gut health. Even so, their effectiveness and safety are not always supported by scientific evidence. The Paleolithic (or ‘paleo’) diet is often promoted as a means of improving gut health. But despite its popularity, the science-based long-term effects of this diet remain unknown. A…

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Numerous claims are currently being made about different dietary patterns as a means of ensuring optimal gut health. Even so, their effectiveness and safety are not always supported by scientific evidence. The Paleolithic (or ‘paleo’) diet is often promoted as a means of improving gut health. But despite its popularity, the science-based long-term effects of this diet remain unknown. A…

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Preterm infants exhibit higher rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which is a major cause of both mortality and neurodevelopmental morbidity. Although an altered gut microbiota composition and metabolome has been found in preterm infants, the few studies exploring the microbiome in NEC and preterm infants have reported inconsistent results. Within the mechanisms by which the development of NEC occurs, 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

Preterm infants exhibit higher rates of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which is a major cause of both mortality and neurodevelopmental morbidity. Although an altered gut microbiota composition and metabolome has been found in preterm infants, the few studies exploring the microbiome in NEC and preterm infants have reported inconsistent results. Within the mechanisms by which the development of NEC occurs, 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

Emerging evidence shows the involvement of our gut microbiome in conditions apparently unrelated to the gut ecosystem. And it seems that is the case with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a heterogeneous endocrine disorder that is often accompanied by altered insulin activity. Recent studies have associated alterations in gut microbiome composition and barrier function with imbalances in the stool…

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Emerging evidence shows the involvement of our gut microbiome in conditions apparently unrelated to the gut ecosystem. And it seems that is the case with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a heterogeneous endocrine disorder that is often accompanied by altered insulin activity. Recent studies have associated alterations in gut microbiome composition and barrier function with imbalances in the stool…

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The source of variation in the composition and function of the microbiome within and between species is yet to be fully understood. Although genetic background and diet have been suggested as major drivers of gut microbiome composition, the role of genetics versus environmental factors in driving gut microbiome variation in closely related primates remains unclear. A new study by Dr.…

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The source of variation in the composition and function of the microbiome within and between species is yet to be fully understood. Although genetic background and diet have been suggested as major drivers of gut microbiome composition, the role of genetics versus environmental factors in driving gut microbiome variation in closely related primates remains unclear. A new study by Dr.…

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Traditionally, microbial communities that inhabit the human body and surrounding environments have been characterized through culturing on selective plates. However, this approach shows a low sensitivity and does not allow for exploring the unculturable fraction of the microbiome that may account for between 60% and 80% of the observable bacteria. Although culture-independent methods based on characterizing the 16S ribosomal ribonucleic…

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Traditionally, microbial communities that inhabit the human body and surrounding environments have been characterized through culturing on selective plates. However, this approach shows a low sensitivity and does not allow for exploring the unculturable fraction of the microbiome that may account for between 60% and 80% of the observable bacteria. Although culture-independent methods based on characterizing the 16S ribosomal ribonucleic…

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Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons and recent studies have widened the immune system and the gut microbiota's contribution to the disease. A new study in mice, led by researchers from the Université de Montréal and McGill University in Canada, shows the involvement of intestinal infections as a trigger in Parkinson’s disease through autoimmune mechanisms.…

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Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons and recent studies have widened the immune system and the gut microbiota's contribution to the disease. A new study in mice, led by researchers from the Université de Montréal and McGill University in Canada, shows the involvement of intestinal infections as a trigger in Parkinson’s disease through autoimmune mechanisms.…

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The fact some people respond to a drug treatment while for others the same treatment is totally ineffective may depend on our gut microbiota. In other words, after a drug is administered orally, it could either be absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolized by the liver, or it remains in the intestine where it can be metabolized by the gut…

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The fact some people respond to a drug treatment while for others the same treatment is totally ineffective may depend on our gut microbiota. In other words, after a drug is administered orally, it could either be absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolized by the liver, or it remains in the intestine where it can be metabolized by the gut…

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