Bacteria

Florida Clinic Uses Poop Transplants For Health

And they aren't the only ones.<p>A clinic in Florida is using a treatment largely banned by the FDA that it claims cures ailments from diarrhea to HIV: poop. Yes, poop transplants. But as strange as the idea sounds, there is some evidence that the procedure can help with at least one ailment.<p>According …

Microbiome

The future of sports ‘doping’ may be faecal transplants

ATHLETES enhance their performance in all sorts of different ways: swallow pills, inject drugs, or even get transfusions of their own blood.<p>But one …

Microbiome

Study on human skin microbiome finds archaea abundance associated with age

It turns out your skin is crawling with single-celled microorganisms—and they're not just bacteria. A study by the Department of Energy's Lawrence …

Biology

Bacteria change a liquid's properties and escape entrapment

A flexible tail allows swimming bacteria to thin the surrounding liquid and to free themselves when trapped along walls or obstacles. This finding …

Biology

NASA keeps a close eye on tiny stowaways

Wherever you find people, you also find bacteria and other microorganisms. The International Space Station is no exception.<p>That generally is not a …

Microbiome

Meet The People Doing Poop Transplants The Government Doesn’t Want Them To

The FDA has banned doctors from performing poop transplants for most illnesses. But a Tampa clinic is teaching the procedure to desperate patients with a variety of gut troubles — even kids with autism.<p>Posted on June 28, 2017, 09:01 GMT<p><b>One afternoon in</b> October, a skinny 6-year-old boy in navy Crocs …

Microbiome

Bacteria from POO has been found in the 'ice in Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa'

Grim.<p>Faecal bacteria has been found in ice from three of the biggest UK coffee chains, according to an investigation by the <i>BBC</i>. That's bacteria from <i>poo</i>, just in case you needed it clarifying.<p>BBC1's consumer series <i>Watchdog</i> has reportedly discovered varying levels of the bacteria in samples of iced …

Microbiome

5 Questions I Always Ask My Patients Who Want To Lose Weight

When patients first enter my office, one of the most common goals they have is to shed pounds. They soon find out, however, that it's easier said …

Wellness

Reports of fecal bacteria in iced coffee at chains like Starbucks are a red flag for bigger problems, a scientist explains

To the question, "Would you like anything else with that?" no one answers "fecal bacteria."<p>Unfortunately, it may be accompanying orders of iced coffee drinks at three coffee chains in the UK anyways, according to a recent BBC investigation.<p>The BBC reports that it found "varying levels" of the …

Microbiome

Bacteria joins the fight against skin conditions

Your skin is a tapestry of ecosystems roughly the size of three bath towels. Complex societies of bacteria, viruses and fungi live in these diverse habitats – from the oil fields of the face and back, to the damp caverns of the nose, to the parched and hairless palms.<p>For decades researchers have …

Biology

This experiment will make you rethink the 5-second rule

We’ve all been guilty of abusing the five-second rule for that delicious treat we devastatingly dropped on the ground and a new series has answered …

Lifestyle

The rogue protein behind Parkinson’s disease may also protect your gut

The hallmark brain damage in Parkinson’s disease is thought to be the work of a misfolded, rogue protein that spreads from brain cell to brain cell …

Neuroscience

The dust storm microbiome

Israel is subjected to sand and dust storms from several directions: northeast from the Sahara, northwest from Saudi Arabia and southwest from the …

Microbiome

The Money You Get From ATMs is Disgusting

The list of things found on our dollars includes DNA from our pets, traces of drugs, and bacteria and viruses that cause disease.<p>We live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these …

Microbiology

The dust storm microbiome

The airborne dust carried in sand storms affects the health of people and ecosystems alike. New research suggests that part of the effect might not …

Microbiome

New mechanism for bacterial division discovered in some bacteria

Scientists show how some pathogenic bacteria -- such as the mycobacteria that cause tuberculosis -- use a previously unknown mechanism to coordinate …

Biology

Poop doping could be the latest performance enhancement craze

Evidently you can be full of the wrong shit. A cyclist, by testing her friends fecal output, determined she needed better critters up in herself to …

Microbiome

How to transform your life with a gut makeover - including what to eat and when

A dramatic study has produced tum good news by revealing how a healthy way of eating can restore good bacteria to your gut.<p>A team at St Mary’s …

Nutrition

Why Do Some Animals Eat Their Own Poop?

Why do some animals poop, and then turn around and eat their own droppings?<p>It may appear icky to humans, but the practice of eating poop, known as …

Microbiome

Are fermented foods as good for you as the headlines say? - delicious. magazine

Sales of fermented foods and products that contain live bacteria and yeasts known as probiotics are now worth billions of pounds a year. But is this …

Microbiome

High-intensity exercise may be bad for the bowels

When it comes to stomach discomfort during exercise, forget that old adage "no pain, no gain." New research suggests that excessive strenuous exercise may lead to gut damage.<p>"The stress response of prolonged vigorous exercise shuts down gut function," said lead author Ricardo Costa.<p>"The …

Microbiome

Scientists sequence century-old Antarctic bacteria

Scientists have used bacterial samples collected on a 1902 expedition to Antarctica to study how climate change is affecting one of Earth's most …

Climate Change

Chemical transformation of xenobiotics by the human gut microbiota

The human gut is packed with actively metabolizing microorganisms. These have a transformative effect on what we ingest—whether food, drugs, or …

Microbiome

12 Intriguing Facts About the Intestines

<i>The human body is an amazing thing. For each one of us, it's the most intimate object we know. And yet most of us don't know enough about it: its</i> …

Microbiome

Daily 2 Cents: Black Eyed Female Entity in Chicago -- Beware of Extraterrestrial Bacteria -- Long Pink 'Blobs' Found In Washington Coastal Waters

<b>Black Eyed Female Entity in Chicago</b><b><br>I recently received the following account:</b><br>I live in Chicago, in East Garfield. This past Saturday, I was at a …

Paranormal

Our gut talks and sometimes argues with our brain. Now we know how.

Scientists finally have a better idea why certain meals send you running for the bathroom. The discovery provides insight into the connection between your gut and brain and may point toward new therapies for intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.<p>The team behind this is led by Holly …

Microbiome

Implications of the gut microbiota in vulnerability to the social avoidance effects of chronic social defeat in male mice.

2017 Jun 16. pii: S0889-1591(17)30198-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2017.06.009. [Epub ahead of print]<p>1The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research, …

Microbiome

Do Probiotics Really Work?

Walk into any grocery store, and you will likely find more than a few “probiotic” products brimming with so-called beneficial bacteria that are …

Microbiome

Parkinson's May Begin In Gut Before Affecting The Brain

New research in mice and human cells indicates a brain-gut connection.<p>Parkinson’s disease, which involves the malfunction and death of nerve cells in the brain, may originate in the gut, new research suggests, adding to a growing body of evidence supporting the idea.<p>The new study shows that a …

Microbiome

To debug your gut (and maybe your brain, too), make nice to the bugs that live inside it

Each of us is carrying about 100 trillion microbes in our gut. They’re tiny and squirmy, but if you could line them all up end to end and convince …

Microbiome