‘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

Do antibiotics in early life increase IBD risk later?

A new study with mice offers evidence that giving antibiotics to babies may increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) later.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: antibiotics microbiomes childrens-health health-and-medicine medications irritable-bowel-syndrome

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

High-fat diet and antibiotics combine to up pre-IBD risk

"Until now, we didn't appreciate how different environmental risk factors can synergize to drive the disease."

Nadine Yehya - UC Davis • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: inflammatory-bowel-disease food antibiotics gut-bacteria microbiomes biomarkers featured health-and-medicine

Bedbugs alter your home’s microbiome

"There is a link between the microbiome of bedbugs and the microbiome of household dust in bedbug infested homes."

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria insects sleep microbiomes housing health-and-medicine

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

Can transplanting poop viruses treat obesity and diabetes?

A fecal transplant of viruses shows promise in mice for treating obesity and type 2 diabetes, report researchers.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: diabetes obesity gut-bacteria microbiomes viruses transplants health-and-medicine feces

Plant genes act as microbiome gatekeepers

Growing plants in germ-free chambers reveals how their genes curate their microbiomes, report researchers.

Igor Houwat-Michigan State • futurity
April 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: genes plants microbiomes featured science-and-technology leaves

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

Vaping changes the microbes in your mouth

Vaping changes the oral microbiome and make users more prone to inflammation and infection.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: inflammation electronic-cigarettes microbiomes infections health-and-medicine mouth

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