Gut Brain Axis

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Butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation is a familiar experience, but surprisingly, scientists don't yet know exactly how this happens. The gut-brain axis – the brain's influence on the gastrointestinal tract and the other way around – is now a subject of keen scientific interest. A recent review, published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, covered what we know…

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Butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation is a familiar experience, but surprisingly, scientists don't yet know exactly how this happens. The gut-brain axis – the brain's influence on the gastrointestinal tract and the other way around – is now a subject of keen scientific interest. A recent review, published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, covered what we know…

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For some time, science has known that exposure to vaginal microbiota is crucial for newborn health. When babies pass through the birth canal, they get a healthy dose of the mother’s bacteria that helps them establish their own collection of microbes and turn on their immune system. However, stress during pregnancy may alter the mother’s microbiome and that can interfere…

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For some time, science has known that exposure to vaginal microbiota is crucial for newborn health. When babies pass through the birth canal, they get a healthy dose of the mother’s bacteria that helps them establish their own collection of microbes and turn on their immune system. However, stress during pregnancy may alter the mother’s microbiome and that can interfere…

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Gut bacteria may play a crucial role in inducing anxiety and depression, according to a new study by researchers at McMaster University (Canada), published in the journal Nature Communications. The research, carried out in rodents, is the first of its kind to explore how gut microbiota works in the onset of altered behaviour deriving from early life stress. A team…

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Gut bacteria may play a crucial role in inducing anxiety and depression, according to a new study by researchers at McMaster University (Canada), published in the journal Nature Communications. The research, carried out in rodents, is the first of its kind to explore how gut microbiota works in the onset of altered behaviour deriving from early life stress. A team…

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Abdominal pain, bloating, changes in stool frequency and consistency. These are just some of the symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a chronic functional disorder whose origins are unknown. It has no known treatment, only recommendations to keep symptoms at bay. In Western countries, almost two out of ten gastroenterology consultations are motivated by this disorder.   Professor Magnus Simrén, researcher at…

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Abdominal pain, bloating, changes in stool frequency and consistency. These are just some of the symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a chronic functional disorder whose origins are unknown. It has no known treatment, only recommendations to keep symptoms at bay. In Western countries, almost two out of ten gastroenterology consultations are motivated by this disorder.   Professor Magnus Simrén, researcher at…

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  One in 160 children suffers from some kind of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the World Health Organization. These are a series of alterations in brain development characterized by a wide range of symptoms and levels of disability and while some children have slight damage, others can be seriously disabled. Although a range of factors are usually considered,…

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  One in 160 children suffers from some kind of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the World Health Organization. These are a series of alterations in brain development characterized by a wide range of symptoms and levels of disability and while some children have slight damage, others can be seriously disabled. Although a range of factors are usually considered,…

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Research & Practice

In both mice and humans the gut microbiota exhibits a circadian rhythm and it may be perturbed following circadian misalignment. Previous research has found that the circadian clock of the host may elicit responses from the circadian clocks of commensal gut bacteria. Although changes to the gut microbiota have been linked to the metabolic disturbances that occur after sleep deprivation…

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

In both mice and humans the gut microbiota exhibits a circadian rhythm and it may be perturbed following circadian misalignment. Previous research has found that the circadian clock of the host may elicit responses from the circadian clocks of commensal gut bacteria. Although changes to the gut microbiota have been linked to the metabolic disturbances that occur after sleep deprivation…

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

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of incurable dementia. On a cellular level, AD is characterized by the accumulation of extracellular aggregates of the amyloid-b peptide or Ab plaques (named amyloidosis) and intracellular aggregates of tau protein or neurofibrillary tangles in certain brain regions. Neuro-inflammation, or inflammation of the microglia (the brain’s macrophages), is also a consistent hallmark…

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

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of incurable dementia. On a cellular level, AD is characterized by the accumulation of extracellular aggregates of the amyloid-b peptide or Ab plaques (named amyloidosis) and intracellular aggregates of tau protein or neurofibrillary tangles in certain brain regions. Neuro-inflammation, or inflammation of the microglia (the brain’s macrophages), is also a consistent hallmark…

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

The Harvard Probiotics Symposium, “Gut health, microbiota & probiotics throughout the lifespan: Metabolic & brain function”, was held on September 15th and 16th at Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA). The second day of the conference, moderated by Emeran Mayer of University of California, Los Angeles (USA), brought to the podium a stellar lineup of researchers on the gut-brain axis.…

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

The Harvard Probiotics Symposium, “Gut health, microbiota & probiotics throughout the lifespan: Metabolic & brain function”, was held on September 15th and 16th at Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA). The second day of the conference, moderated by Emeran Mayer of University of California, Los Angeles (USA), brought to the podium a stellar lineup of researchers on the gut-brain axis.…

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

The Harvard Probiotics Symposium, “Gut health, microbiota & probiotics throughout the lifespan: Metabolic & brain function”, was held on September 15th and 16th at Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA). The first day of the conference, moderated by Samuel Klein of Washington University School of Medicine (USA), was dedicated to the role of microbiota and probiotics in metabolic function—first 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

The Harvard Probiotics Symposium, “Gut health, microbiota & probiotics throughout the lifespan: Metabolic & brain function”, was held on September 15th and 16th at Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA). The first day of the conference, moderated by Samuel Klein of Washington University School of Medicine (USA), was dedicated to the role of microbiota and probiotics in metabolic function—first 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

It has been previously found that exercise may play an important role in the overall health of the host by contributing to the diversity of gut microbiota. However, extreme dietary differences, especially high protein intakes, amongst the elite athletes studied may confound interpretations about the specific role of exercise in determining gut bacterial richness. How physical fitness contributes to intestinal…

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

It has been previously found that exercise may play an important role in the overall health of the host by contributing to the diversity of gut microbiota. However, extreme dietary differences, especially high protein intakes, amongst the elite athletes studied may confound interpretations about the specific role of exercise in determining gut bacterial richness. How physical fitness contributes to intestinal…

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