Biodiversity loss could be making us sick – here's why

Rich and diverse microbiomes in our local environment are important for keeping us healthy.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Harvard scientists identify gut-brain connection in ALS

The researchers found that in mice with a common ALS genetic mutation, changing the gut microbiome could prevent or improve disease symptoms.

Jessica Lau • harvard
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

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Worried about coronavirus? Pay attention to your gut

COVID-19 can attack your gastrointestinal tract, and those with symptoms such as diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting may have a worse version of the disease.

Martin Veysey, Programme Director MBBS at Hull York Medical School, University of York • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus: how to keep your gut microbiome healthy to fight COVID-19

Your gut plays an important role in building your immune defences. Don't neglect it.

Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, King's College London • conversation
March 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Study finds gut microbes adapt quickly to changes in food preparation

Scientists have recently discovered that different diets — say, high-fat versus low-fat, or plant-based versus animal-based — can rapidly and reproducibly alter the composition and activity of the gut microbiome, where differences in the composition and activity can affect everything from metabolism to immunity to behavior.

Clea Simon • harvard
Oct. 2, 2019 ~8 min

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