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Diet Affects Men’s and Women’s Gut Microbes Differently

AUSTIN, Texas — The microbes living in the guts of males and females react differently to diet, even when the diets are ...

New imaging agent provides better picture of the gut

Applying a method that uses nanoparticles to create visual contrast, a researcher created the above photoacoustic image of a mouse intestine. The ...

New Radiological Signs of Gastric Lap Band Slippage Identified

Findings will help radiologists more quickly recognize dangerous complications ... Full story

Researchers uncover new knowledge about our intestines

DTU researchers have identified and mapped 500 previously unknown microorganisms and more than 800 bacterial viruses in our intestinal flora. A discovery which—in the long term—can replace antimicrobial agents and perhaps improve treatment and prevention of, e.g., type 2 diabetes, asthma and certain intestinal disorders. ... Full story

A revolutionary approach to studying the intestinal microbiota

An international research team within the MetaHIT consortium coordinated by INRA and involving teams from CEA, CNRS and Université d’Evry, has developed a new method to analyse the global genome, or the metagenome of the intestinal microbiota1. This method markedly simplifies microbiome analysis and renders it more powerful. The scientists have thus been able to sequence and assemble the complete genome of 238 intestinal bacteria, 75% of which were previously unknown. This work is being published on the 6th of July 2014 in Nature Biotechnology. ... Full story

Statin Use Decreases the Risk of Barrett's Esophagus

Bethesda, MD — Statins, a class of drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol levels, significantly reduce a patient’s risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus, according to a new study in Gastroenterology1, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Obese patients experienced the greatest level of risk reduction with statin use. ... Full story

Weight gain influences intestinal bacteria and metabolite patterns

Neuherberg - An increase in body weight is accompanied by changes in both the composition of gut microbiota and the pattern of thousands of metabolites. In addition, diabetes appears to influence certain metabolic pathways, such as sulfur metabolism. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München used metabolomic analyses to examine these effects and consequently have again pointed out the complexity of intestinal metabolism. The results have been published in 'The ISME Journal' and 'The Journal of Proteome Research'. ... Full story

Fecal Transplants Let Packrats Eat Poison

Herbivores Dine on Toxic Plants, Thanks to Gut Microbes ... Full story

Adults with Eosinophilic Esophagitis Should Consider a Diet Change

By eliminating specific foods from patients’ diets, symptoms improved in 71 percent of patients. ... Full story

Promising medication counteracts constipation caused by opioid painkillers

Once-a-day pill could flush out bothersome side effect for many patients taking opioids like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet ... Full story

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