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Microbiome

Understanding the gut-liver axis: implications for NAFLD prevention and treatment

You may have heard; humans are superorganisms. The human large intestine harbors tens of trillions of microbes, which equates to roughly 2 kg of cells. For reference, that’s how much your brain weighs! Within the gut microbiome, it is estimated that there are over 1,000 different species of bacteria.

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How to beneficially modulate vaginal microbiota to optimise women’s health

Each woman has a unique vaginal microbiota composition, which is dynamic and affected by diet, lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and age. In the past decade, exploration of the human microbiota has focused increasingly on vaginal microbiota composition and diversity and its impact on health, reproduction, and disease.

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Gut-brain axis insights: why the microbiota holds therapeutic potential for neuro-developmental disorders

Evidence is emerging that there are important connections between the gut microbiome and neurodevelopmental disorders. In a guest post for World Autism Awareness Month this April, Chris Kenji Beer reviews recent discoveries.

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Probiotics save the gut microbiome from antibiotics

Antibiotics consumption is increasing worldwide, yet these therapies not only destroy pathogens but also damage our vital intestinal flora.

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Hafnia alvei HA4597™ – a new clinically validated solution in weight management

Hyperphagia is a common underlying cause of overweight and obesity. However, the dieting approaches towards weight loss are usually ineffective due to a persistent increase in appetite. Most of the current products in weight management are based on the principle of sugar/fat blockers and binders which has proven to be rather short-term solution.

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Making the microbiome accessible to millennials

In 2017 Lisa and Alanna MacFarlane started The Gut Stuff to bring gut health science and nutritional information together for the millennial generation. We spoke to Lisa about educating consumers and marketing products in gut health.

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Exploring the gut-brain axis in neurodevelopmental disorders

In the last decade, research has well established (relatively speaking) the impact of gut microbiota on host physiology and behaviour. We know that the gut and the brain communicate bidirectionally. The gut-brain axis includes nerval, endocrine and immunologic pathways. What is less well established is whether alterations in gut microbial composition can affect brain structure and function in neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Culturing the uncultured: isolating human microbial ‘dark matter’

A large fraction of the microorganisms that constitute the human microbiome have remained uncultured. Some of the uncultured microbes have close relatives that have been cultured. However, there are also whole groups of microbes that don’t have relatives in culture.

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