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5 things I learned about gut dysbiosis after a major environmental disaster

In December 2014, a major flood in north-eastern Peninsular Malaysia affected more than 200,000 people leaving them homeless, with no clean water, and sick with diseases including dengue fever, typhoid, leptospirosis and acute gastroenteritis (approximately 30% of flood-affected population). After 6 months, many were still affected by illness including persistent abdominal pain and diarrhoea. We investigated two of the worst flood-affected communities (Figure A) on their microbiota profile and if a probiotic can help. Following are 5 points I have learned from this invaluable experience:

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Genes, Food and the Environment

This article was originally published in Health Europa Quarterly on 3 May 2018, and is published here with permission.

Speaking at the 5th Microbiome R&D & Business Collaboration Forum: Europe, Alexandra Zhernakova, Associate Professor of the Human Genome and Exposome at the University of Groningen, outlined her research into the interaction of genes, food, and the environment with the gut microbiome. She also considered the role of the microbiome in gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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Gut Flora and the Development of IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting 10-15% of adults.(1) Abdominal pain, alterations of bowel habits; bloating and flatulence; straining and urgency are all common symptoms.(1)

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