Microbiome

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 <i>Nature Microbiology</i>, …

Oceans

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 …

Medicine

How to Tell If You Have Leaky Gut & Repair the Damage

When your gut is compromised, it can lead to many more health problems than just cravings and weight gain.<p>In today's world, the motto is "Full-speed …

Wellness

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 …

Nutrition

Why Health Experts at Harvard Want You to Take This Supplement

We probably don't have to tell you twice that supplements are an expensive habit. That being said, some of them are essential to our health. As such, …

Bacteria

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 …

Bacteria

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

If you're in desperate need for some good news, look no further.<p>Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year.<p>And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria …

Medicine

Soil microbes persist through National Mall facelift

Turf grass microbiome indicates surprising resiliency<p>It's not every day United States history mixes with microbes in the soil. But when the turf on …

Bacteria

The 3 Foods Dietitians Actually Eat Every Day to Keep Their Guts Healthy

When it comes to gut health, registered dietitians and nutritionists are leading the charge in terms of awareness, symptoms and the health issues …

Nutrition

'Micromotors' alter your gut's chemistry to safely deliver medicine

There's a reason diabetics can't take their insulin orally (for the time being): stomach acid is super effective at dissolving it and similar large proteins, like antibiotics. But rather than force patients to pound pints of Maalox or chew a tub of Tums before taking their medicine, a team of …

Medicine

The hidden secrets of insect poop

Insect defecation may not seem like one of the pressing scientific inquiries of our time, but in fact the faeces of these wee creatures serves an …

Global Perspectives

I'm A Gut Health Expert. This Is My Go-To Easy Weeknight Dinner

It's super quick AND delicious....

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Are you lonesome tonight? Why we, like Elvis, turn to food for comfort

August 16 is known to many Elvis Presley fans as the anniversary of his untimely death at the age of 42 in 1977. It is also the perfect occasion, for …

Elvis Presley

The Next Thing In Gut Health Is Going To Be Sugar Made From Human Breast Milk

You may not have heard of human milk sugar, but it does great things for your microbiome. Scientists have figured out how to synthesize it and it’s coming to your grocery store soon.<p>Your mixed berry yogurt may eventually include not only probiotics, but a type of sugar found usually found only in …

Bacteria

This Is Exactly Why Healing Your Gut Can "Change Your Life" For the Better

It's no secret that the health and wellness world is preoccupied with gut health. From the foods that both prevent and cause gut inflammation to the …

Wellness

Daily Deal: Poop Better With a Squatty Potty

This doctor-backed favorite will transform your bathroom experience, and it's on sale<p>In 2014, a writer for <i>Men's Health</i> volunteered to test the Squatty Potty for a week. It was just one of many crazy things the magazine made their writers do that year.<p>He had this to say of his deep-squat deposits: …

Health

Do probiotics for eczema work?

Eczema is a common skin condition where a person's skin develops dry, red scales that can be very itchy. Some people with eczema use probiotics to …

Health

I Got My Microbiome Sequenced: Here's What I Learned

I was sure I had massive amounts of Candida......

Bacteria

Good gut: Doctors urge Aussies to take better care of their tummies

One of Australia's most trusted GPs has underscored the vital importance of gut health in a new book.<p>Professor Kerryn Phelps told <i>A Current Affair</i> …

Health

What do 'butterflies in the stomach' mean?

The Science of Dating is an occasional series exploring the great experiment that is love and the human condition.When Lauren MacKinlay started her …

Canadian News

Are Cigarette Butts the Secret to Better Roads? | Mental Floss

A cigarette butt on the pavement is disgusting. A cigarette butt <i>in</i> the pavement, though—well, that's another story. Scientists writing in the journal</i> …

Cool Stuff

Poo transplants beyond the yuck factor: what works, what doesn't and what we still don't know

The intriguing, yet somewhat malodorous, topic of poo transplants is in the news. A study published today found poo transplants are better at …

Bacteria

Are Probiotics the Key to Solving Humanity's Health Issues?

Benefits Of Probiotics<p>Probiotics — “good” bacteria that provide a health benefit to the humans who consume them — have been with us since the …

Bacteria

Antibiotics in Meats Kill Beneficial Bacteria

This recently released study shows how antibiotic residues in conventionally-raised meats can go on killing beneficial bacteria. The antibiotics have …

Bacteria

Activated charcoal drug can protect microbiome from antibiotics

Antibiotics can save your life, but they can also mess up your microbiome. A special formulation of activated charcoal could help, protecting your …

Bacteria

Faecal microbiota transplantation for Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials

Abstract<p><b>Objectives:</b> Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has emerged as a useful approach for treating <i>Clostridium difficile</i>-associated diarrhoea …

Research

Why Fiber Is Good for Your Gut Health | Mental Floss

Once in a while, fad diets hit on something real. Take fiber, for example. The bran-muffin craze of the 1980s may have passed, but experts still …

Cool Stuff

Positive “emodiversity” – experiencing a variety of positive emotions – plays an important role in bodily health

Your body’s immune system normally fights illness or injury, but when it’s overactive over a prolonged period of time, the consequences can be …

Emotions

Tiny gut organisms may influence food cravings and what our bodies do with fat

A universe of organisms living inside you may affect every part of your body, from your brain to your bones, and even your thoughts, feelings and your attempts to lose weight.<p>This is a universe of trillions of micro­organisms — or what we biologists call microbiota — that live in your gut, the part …

Bacteria

Why Healing Your Gut Can Change Your Life

As you forge through all of life’s challenges big and small (all the while taking control of your work, your health, your family, and your …

Bacteria