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Bacteria to Blame?

Gut bacteria may provide the trigger for autoimmune uveitis, a destructive inflammation of the eye, researchers at the US National Eye Institute (NEI) reported in a study published today (August 18) in  524 more words

Autoimmune Disease

Weight Loss the Easy Way?

Imagine having to lose 100 pounds or so, wishing you could have gastric bypass surgery, and then finding out that if a friend has the surgery  290 more words

High School

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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