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Microflora for Hire

By | December 1, 2014

The guts of cows and termites harbor microbes that are renowned complex-carbohydrate digesters, but the human gastrointestinal tract has flora that just might measure up.

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How Meat Can Harm Arteries

By | November 5, 2014

Gut microbes produce a key intermediate metabolite that promotes atherosclerosis in a mouse model of red meat consumption.

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Jet Lag Upsets Gut Microbes

By | October 17, 2014

Frequent airplane travel may contribute to obesity by throwing off circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the intestinal microbiome, according to a new study.

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Fecal Pill Treats Gut Infection

By | October 11, 2014

In a preliminary study, patients with recurring Clostridium difficile infections found relief from diarrhea by ingesting frozen fecal matter from healthy volunteers.

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Supporting the “Good” Gut Microbes

By | October 1, 2014

During systemic infection, mice kick-start the production of a specific sugar to feed and protect the beneficial bacteria in their guts while fighting pathogenic strains.

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Intensive Loss of Gut Bacteria Diversity

By | September 23, 2014

Lengthy stints in intensive care units pare down patients’ gut microflora, a study shows.

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Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers

By | August 11, 2014

The pace at which bacterial groups take root in the gastrointestinal tracts of premature infants is more tied to developmental age than time since birth.

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The Body’s Ecosystem

By | August 1, 2014

Research on the human microbiome is booming, and scientists have moved from simply taking stock of gut flora to understanding the influence of microbes throughout the body.

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Radiation-Fighting Drug

By | May 16, 2014

A hydroxylase inhibitor that prolongs the action of a gut-protective protein shows promise in mice as a treatment for radiation poisoning.

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Diverse Microbes in Hunter-Gatherers’ Guts

By | April 16, 2014

Modern hunter-gatherers have more diverse microbiota in their guts than do urban Europeans, but lack a few notable species.

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