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Musings about the gut: What actually IS the "gut"?

There are many words that we accidentally misuse, or use without knowing what it means. Heck, up until recently, I was that irritating person who would refuse to get coffee from a cafe if they had incorrectly spelt a word on their A-frame out the front despite the fact that I had been using the made up word “irregardless” for far too long. 626 more words


Antibiotic use in infancy linked to disease later in life

Antibiotics are the most common prescription drug given to children nowadays, and in a new study in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, researchers discuss the connection between antibiotic use in infants, imbalance in gut bacteria and the development of disease later in life. 275 more words

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Why might a woman become obese after receiving a fecal transplant from an obese woman?

Answer by Tirumalai Kamala:

Recently, several studies have compared gut microbiota composition between obese and lean humans.

  1. Goodrich, Julia K., et al. “Human genetics shape the gut microbiome.” Cell 159.4 (2014): 789-799.
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What is the role of bacteria in the gut?

Answer by Tirumalai Kamala:

Simpler question is what isn’t. Gut bacteria influence our entire physiology from the basic such as what and how much we eat to the synthesis of essential vitamins, from our immune function and metabolism to even our mood. 3,672 more words

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Does taking CIPRO eliminate bacterial immunities that might have been acquired over years of traveling?

Answer by Tirumalai Kamala:

I think “ bacterial immunities” is a mistake in the question. I assume the OP meant bacterial communities, i.e. how does cirpofloxacin (cipro) influence microbiota composition. 306 more words

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How Consuming Bacteria Keeps Us Healthy

If you’ve ever been told to eat yogurt or drink buttermilk after taking antibiotics for a bacterial infection, the suggestion might not make sense. The reason for consuming yogurt or buttermilk is to replenish the body’s bacteria that were killed by the antibiotics. 289 more words

Scientific Research

What are the precautions that must be taken before a fecal transplant is considered for treating inflammatory diseases of the bowel?

Question continued: What are the selection criteria for donor and recipient and what tests must be run to establish this criteria?  What are the potential risks to the patient that these criteria seek to minimize? 1,515 more words

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