Bacteria

Gut bacteria influence the brain indirectly, study shows

A new study has found that there is a three-way relationship between a type of gut bacteria, cortisol, and brain metabolites. This relationship, the …

Microbiome

Vaginal seeding after Caesarean 'risky', warn doctors

<b>New mothers should not embrace the trend of "seeding" their babies with vaginal bacteria, say doctors.</b><p>It exposes children born by Caesarean section to bacteria that could have coated their bodies if they had been born vaginally.<p>The idea is bacteria help train the immune system and lower the risk of …

Microbiome

You Can Actually "Hack" Your Way to a Faster Metabolism—Here's How

To understand whether or not you can speed up or slow down your metabolism, you must first understand what metabolism is. "The food you eat is either …

Microbiome

Gut Feeling: 5 Ways to Improve Your Stomach Health

They say that a healthy gut can greatly affect your overall well-being. At the same time, your well-being can have an affect on the health of your …

Microbiome

Scientists are collecting poop from elite athletes to try to put their endurance into a pill

What if the difference between ultramarathoners and the rest of us is just the tiny things living in their guts?<p>Jonathan Scheiman, a microbiologist at Harvard Medical School, has been studying the bacteria in the digestive tracts of elite long-distance runners and rowers. He thinks that if he can …

Microbiome

Cyborg bacteria covered in solar panels can beat plants at photosynthesis

This could be a big step toward better solar fuels<p>Cyborg bacteria covered in tiny solar panels can beat plants at photosynthesis, which means they could be key in creating renewable solar fuels.<p>Photosynthesis, or the way plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, is crucial for life on Earth — but …

The Future

Compound that puts the smell in poop could help extend your healthy years

Why it matters to you<p>It may sound counterintuitive at first, but exposure to one of the compounds found in poop could help make you healthier.<p>Whether …

Microbiome

Can Gut Bacteria Slow Down Aging?

As the contents of one’s gut continues to draw wonder and awe within the wellness Zeitgeist (probiotics, anyone?), consider a new study that claims a …

Microbiome

Cyborg bacteria turn carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels with zero waste

The word cyborg was invented when we started to imagine giving people super-human capabilities by integrating mechanical or electrical equipment into …

Sustainability

The One Nighttime Probiotic Doctors Swear By For A Flat Stomach

Gut health is on everyone's minds these days, and for good reason: having good bacteria in your gut helps eliminate microbes, toxins, carcinogens, …

Microbiome

How new probiotics might make you an unstoppable athlete

There are a lot of differences between pro athletes and…the rest of us.<p>Most folks, try as we may, can’t run the 100-meter dash in 10.49 seconds like …

Microbiome

Here's How Changing Your Diet Could Fix Your Gut Issues And Cure Your Depression

The research links between your diet and mental health are growing stronger.<p>On and off throughout her 20s, Lara Jezeph struggled with depression.<p>“I saw three different counselors and twice tried antidepressants, all with no avail,” she says.<p>Frustrated with the poor results she’d experienced from …

Microbiome

Chemical Compound That Gives Poop Its Stink Extends Healthy Lifespan in Animals

Indole, an organic chemical compound that’s found in our gut and contributes to the smell of poop, increases the healthy lifespan of worms, flies, …

Microbiome

Could Gut Bacteria Become the Next Sports Drink?

Feeling sluggish during your runs? In the near future, rather than reaching for an energy drink, you may opt to chug a concoction of your favorite …

Microbiome

Chemicals from gut bacteria maintain vitality in aging animals

A class of chemicals made by intestinal bacteria, known as indoles, help worms, flies and mice maintain mobility and resilience for more of their …

Biology

The Dirtiest Things Around Your Home

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Little daggers let bacteria live inside amoeba - Futurity

Devices that shoot micro-daggers let a bacterium live and thrive inside amoebae that would normally eat them.

Amoebas

Does Gut Microbiome Influence Mindset and Mental Toughness?

Source: chombosan/Shutterstock<p>Over the past two years, researchers at Harvard Medical School (HMS) have pinpointed specific gut microbiome that …

Microbiome

Parasites - a cause of mystery gut symptoms?

With so much research into the effects of its microbes on our health, the gut has begun giving up more its secrets. But some things remain a mystery …

Microbiome

Why is ketchup so delicious? Science answers the big food questions

What’s good, what’s bad and why – five food questions answered by consultant cardiologist Ali Khavandi and science writer Dara Mohammadi<p>What makes ketchup so delicious?<p>Whether you’re a dolloper or a Jackson Pollocker, a plate of chips just isn’t the same without a good squirt of ketchup. But why …

Microbiome

How to Prevent Deadly Infection in Babies? Good Bacteria

It may be possible, scientists say, to save many thousands of newborns in poor countries by giving them a simple probiotic — a strain of bacteria originally scooped out of the diaper of a healthy baby.<p>A large clinical trial in rural India has found that babies fed a special strain of Lactobacillus …

Microbiome

There's a Reason Probiotics Do Very Little - But a New Type of Pill Could Change That

Bacteria to the rescue.<p>Probiotics - pricey supplements designed to support the trillions of bacteria blossoming in our guts - have become a big …

Microbiome

A Common Gut Bacteria Could Prevent a Top Killer of Newborns Worldwide

A Common Enough Cure<p>Newborn infants are some of the most delicate creatures on Earth. As soon as they emerge from their mothers’ wombs, human infants …

Microbiome

Walnuts found to make the gut a healthier place

Studies show that it's a must to add tree nuts to your diet if you haven’t already. Considered a “superfood,” they're chock-full of fiber, omega-3 …

Microbiome

The Best Probiotics for Women, According to Nutritionists

Shopping for supplements (especially if you're a woman) can become a tricky business. If you're anything like us, you typically find yourself walking …

Microbiome

Can You Get A UTI From Your Workout Clothes? Here's What You Need To Know

There's a pretty good chance that you have experienced the hell on earth that is a urinary tract infection (UTI), which is characterized most …

Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them, researchers report

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a mechanism that allows bacteria of the same species to communicate when …

Microbiology

New gene catalog of ocean microbiome reveals surprises

Microbes dominate the planet, especially the ocean, and help support the entire marine food web. In a recent report published in Nature Microbiology, …

Microbiome

At Last, a Big, Successful Trial of Probiotics

A large Indian study of 4,500 newborn babies found that the right microbes can prevent a life-threatening condition called sepsis.<p>For all the hype that surrounds them, probiotics—products that contain supposedly beneficial bacteria—have rarely proven their worth in large, rigorous studies. There …

Microbiome

Scientists Focus on Gut Flora for Future Treatments of Autoimmune Diseases

What if your gut flora was actually a healing agent capable of doing battle with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid …

Microbiome