Microbiome

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PBS

Can you change your microbiome?

Our microbiomes dictate more about our bodies and our lives than we may like to admit. The influences range from the obvious, such as intestinal health, to the surprising, such as our moods. The science is anything but settled, though. After years of connecting the dots between microbes and human health, scientists have begun using … Continue reading Can you change your microbiome?

Reader's Digest

13 silent signs your microbiome could be in trouble

That collection of bacteria in your gut could have more wide-reaching health effects than you realize. Here are the warning signs that it’s not happy.

The Economist

Enhanced understanding of the microbiome is helping medicine

Human guts contain microbes, lots of them. Added together, the genes in these bugs’ genomes amount to perhaps 150 times the number in the human genome alone. If the bacteria in question were doing little more than swimming around digesting lettuce, this would be of small consequence. But they are doing much more than that.

New York Times

Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?

Exercise may change the composition and activity of the trillions of microbes in our guts in ways that could improve our health and metabolisms over time, a new study finds. The results provide novel insights into how exercise can affect even those portions of our bodies that seem uninvolved in workouts, perhaps providing another nudge … Continue reading Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?

Dr Fay Bound Alberti

‘Gut Feelings’: Medicine, gender and health

BBC News reported today that gut flora – the trillions of bacteria that live in our digestive system – may ‘boost’ cancer therapy. Scientists in France and the USA tested the microbiome in cancer patients, finding evidence that a diverse biome, composed of a wide range of ‘good’ bacteria, contributed to the effectiveness of immunotherapy drugs.

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