Antibiotic usage associated with increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis
A new study has provided evidence that antibiotic usage is associated with an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
A gut check for heart failure patients
Heart failure patients who consume more dietary fibre tend to have healthier gut bacteria, which is associated with reduced risk of death or need of a heart transplant. The fibre study was presented today at Heart Failure 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society…
Anti-vaccination activists using new scientific breakthroughs on beneficial microbes to fight their cause
Anti-vaccination activists are capitalising on radical new scientific insights into the beneficial effects of microbes in the human body, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Lupus Strongly Linked to Imbalances in Gut Microbiome
The disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) — marked by the attack on joints, skin, and kidneys by the body’s immune system — is linked to an abnormal mix of bacteria in the gut. This is according to a new study led by scientists at NYU…
Probiotic No Better Than Placebo for Acute Gastroenteritis in Children
While probiotics are often used to treat acute gastroenteritis in children, the latest evidence shows no significant differences in outcomes, compared to a placebo. These results come from the large, double-blind, randomized controlled trial conducted at 10 geographically diverse U.S. pediatric emergency departments. Findings were…
Gut microbiota products can favor diabetes
A study published in the journal Cell shows that the gut microbiota has the ability to affect how cells respond to insulin, and can thus contribute to type 2 diabetes. The findings demonstrate an hereto unknown pathological mechanism.
Link between Gut Flora and Multiple Sclerosis Discovered
In multiple sclerosis, a defective response of the body’s own immune system leads to brain tissue damage. Gastrointestinal microbiota could play a far greater role in the pathogenesis of the disease than previously assumed, researchers at the University of Zurich have now found.
Breastfeeding protects infants from antibiotic-resistant bacteria
A new study from the University of Helsinki shows that babies that are breastfed for at least six months have less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their gut compared with infants breastfed for a shorter time. In addition, antibiotic use by mothers increases the number of antibiotic-resistant…
Probiotics can protect the skeletons of older women
For the first time in the world, researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have demonstrated that probiotics, dietary supplements with health-promoting bacteria, can be used to affect the human skeleton. Among older women who received probiotics, bone loss was halved compared to women who…
New link between gut microbiome and artery hardening discovered
The level of diversity of the ‘good bacteria’ in our digestive systems has been found to be linked to hardening of the arteries – in new research by experts at the University of Nottingham and King’s College London.