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How gut microbiome affects host behavior: Study

By Danielle Masterson

With about 90% of serotonin receptors located in the gut, it is easy to understand why the gut is often referred to as the "second brain." While we do know that what we eat affects the microbiome and the brain, how the microbiome in turn impacts...

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Sunlight exposure and its role in skin-gut axis

By Danielle Masterson

Outside influences have shown strong correlations with what lives inside our bodies, and researchers are just beginning to understand how these environmental factors may affect the makeup of the gut microbiome.

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Specific gut bacteria linked to ulcerative colitis

By Nikki Hancocks

Researchers have discovered the specific gut bacteria that are depleted in patients with ulcerative colitis leading to hope for the use of supplements to help treat these patients as well as those with Crohn's disease.

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What your child’s gut health says about their behavior

By Danielle Masterson

If your child misbehaves, you may only have yourself to blame, a new study suggests. Recent research indicates the gut microbiome could be a potential determinant of how a child’s environment ultimately impacts their neurobiological function and mental...

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Gut microbial strains and cohabitation: Twin study

By Danielle Masterson

Complex commensal microbial communities are an integral aspect of human health, with the human gut microbiome development beginning even before birth. A number of factors are thought to impact the stability of microbial strains in the gut, such as mode...

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Review: Postbiotics show promise, even if method of action is unclear

By Hank Schultz

The use of postbiotics could be an attractive alternative to prebiotics in immunocompromised children and adults, according to a recent review. But the lack of a definition of the term is still a complicating factor in determining effectiveness, the...

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IBD prevalence study reveals 'alarming' stats

By Nikki Hancocks

The number of people suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is three times higher than previous estimates, with sufferers also at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC), according to new research.

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Organic apples good for gut health: study

By Oliver Morrison

Everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away. They may also store intriguing benefits for the gut, suggests new research, with the organic variety having the edge over standard apples.

Findings from this study could offer a mechanism that explains how a high protein intake affects metabolic health.This diet strategy has been embraced by weightlifters and people following a healthier lifestyle. ©iStock/Lecic

Nitrogen key for gut health: Study

By Will Chu

Populations of beneficial microbes, metabolic health and even healthy ageing of the host are dependent on the gut microbes’ access to nitrogen, a study has discovered.

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