‘Pill’ could sample bacteria while in your gut

Swallowing a tiny capsule could offer a full view of your GI tract and gut bacteria. The tiny tool could even scoop up bacteria and deliver them to doctors.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Aug. 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: gut-bacteria microbiomes medical-devices featured health-and-medicine medical-tests digestive-system

14 bacteria tied to stunted growth in malnourished children

Specific bacteria in the small intestines of malnourished children play a causal role in stunted growth, a finding that could lead to better therapies.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
July 24, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: bacteria microbiomes malnutrition bangladesh childrens-health health-and-medicine digestive-system intestines

Can predator-prey math help tweak gut bacteria?

A tried-and-true equation is helping researchers make a model of the gut microbiome. That could pave the way for one day tweaking it to boost health.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics antibiotics gut-bacteria microbiomes health-and-medicine digestive-system

Celiac diagnosis more likely with higher blood levels of pesticides

In a new study, young people newly diagnosed with celiac disease had higher levels of chemicals from pesticides, nonstick cookware, and flame retardants in their blood.

David March-NYU • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pollution food pesticides gluten earth-and-environment health-and-medicine digestive-system

Ulcerative colitis involves these missing microbes

New research finds depleted bacteria in the intestines of people with ulcerative colitis. The finding suggests supplements could ease the condition.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: crohns-disease bacteria gut-bacteria microbiomes health-and-medicine digestive-system intestines

Ancient gut fossil is the oldest one yet

A 550-million-year-old fossilized digestive tract could shed light on the early history of animals on Earth and a key moment in evolution.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 14, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: evolution fossils science-and-technology digestive-system early-earth

Bacteria change may vaccinate against gut diseases

Altering the microbiota may be a way to stave off chronic inflammatory diseases that affect the digestive tract, including IBD and Crohn's disease.

LaTina Emerson-Georgia State • futurity
Dec. 12, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: bacteria vaccines microbiomes health-and-medicine digestive-system immune-systems intestines

Lab tests may misdiagnose 50% of diarrhea’s bacterial causes in kids

Conventional culture-based lab tests may misdiagnose as many as half of the microbial causes of diarrhea diseases in children

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Nov. 25, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: microbes microbiomes e-coli childrens-health pathogens health-and-medicine digestive-system

Upper GI bleed guidelines could prevent ER visits

New guidelines for how to handle patients with an upper GI bleed could lift the burden on busy emergency rooms, say researchers.

Amanda Vitaro-McGill • futurity
Nov. 21, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: hospitals blood health-and-medicine digestive-system emergency-medicine endoscopy

Blame the gut-brain connection for sugar cravings

Why do we crave more sugar after having some? In this video, an expert explains how the connection between our gut and brain plays a role.

Duke University • futurity
Sept. 25, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: sugar food brains featured health-and-medicine digestive-system cravings

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