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Microbiomes – News and Features

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Japanese Herbal Medicine Protects Gut Against Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Mice

According to a study, herbal medicine containing ginger, pepper, ginseng and maltose reduced the severity of colitis in lab mice.
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Targeting the Microbiome Could Reverse Food Allergies

Scientists describe a more palatable way to take a bacterial compound that has shown promise against allergic reactions.
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Caterpillar-Like Bacteria Evolved To Survive in the Mouth

Likely to survive in the oral cavity, bacteria evolved to divide along their longitudinal axis without parting from one another, forming caterpillar-like bacteria.
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Non-Nutritive Sweeteners May Affect the Human Body in Unanticipated Ways

A controlled trial suggests that these non-nutritive sweeteners affect the human gut microbes and may alter glucose metabolism; the effects vary greatly among individuals.
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Can PTSD Be Diagnosed Using Saliva?

A scientific breakthrough from the Tel Aviv and Haifa Universities may facilitate speedy, objective and accurate diagnosis of people suffering from PTSD, using saliva samples.
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Burrowing Crabs Bring Much Needed Microbes to Mangroves

Fiddler crabs burrowing beneath arid mangrove forests help bring beneficial bacteria to an ecosystem in dire need of nutrients.
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Alcohol Consumption Can Alter Gut Microbes, but Not How You Might Think

Excessive alcohol consumption can cause bacterial overgrowth in the gut, but mouse studies found this imbalance doesn’t appear to play a major role in alcoholic liver disease risk.
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Monkeypox Added to Wastewater Screening Panel

An ongoing program that monitors wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and has effectively predicted subsequent surges in COVID-19 cases in San Diego has been expanded to detect the presence of monkeypox.
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Microbiome Molecule Can Induce Neuronal Inflammation

Research reports for the first time a pathway that begins in the gut and ends with a potent pro-inflammatory toxin in brain cells contributing to the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
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Microbes Transported Around the Globe in Drought-Induced Dust

Research shows that higher concentrations of microbe-carrying dust are landing at lower elevations, where people are more likely to be hiking.
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