Autism: A call for trials with Probiotics
Incredible claims of some probiotic manufacturers are sometimes not backed up by incredible evidence. It is particularly a problem when such products are targeted at vulnerable groups. This includes children with autism. A recent review says it is now time to run proper trials on the efficacy of probiotics in autistic [...]Continue Reading →
Obesity and Microbes: Bring on the Trials!
A recently published review has again highlighted the progress being made in unravelling a possible relationship between gut microbes and obesity. Although controversial, there is a suggestion that specific species and groups of bacteria might be associated with being obese and that they might prove worthy targets for intervention (possibly via [...]Continue Reading →
Last week in Links: 26th November 2011
Each week linked up for your reading pleasure. This week, it’s all about erm.. well.. everything. We learn that it’s really complicated that fat and eczema is not solved just yet. IBS might, might be related (again) to gut microbes and that it’s really expensive to learn about diarrhoea. Bogs are also happily [...]Continue Reading →
IBS: Pointing the finger at gut microbes
A combination of new technologies and some recent discoveries has led many to point the finger at gut microbes as a predisposing factor in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Let’s run this one through to see what it might mean.Continue Reading →
Earth Microbiome: macro science for microbes
Big is not something you would immediately place in the same sentence as microbe. However if your ambition is to catalog all microbes on earth it is probably wise to think very big. That is exactly what the Earth Microbiome Project aims to do in what we can rightly call massively [...]Continue Reading →
Infant formula study shows why it’s going to be really hard to make health claims stick
A large clinical study looking at the prevention of fever episodes by prebiotics (specific ingredients to help selected ‘healthy’ microbes grow in your gut) in infant formula has turned up a negative result. The addition of prebiotics made no difference to the number of episodes of kids getting sick. The obvious [...]Continue Reading →
Last (2) week in Links: 17th November 2011
Each week, linked up for your reading pleasure. Actually, this week we cover the last 2 weeks as I had a short week off. Topics include the usual mix of health related stories, microbes doing Twitter, bumble bees eating poo and surveys of gut microbes of the world’s largest rodent and the Panda [...]Continue Reading →
Cause or consequence? Microbe associated with Cancer
A recently published study has found an association between a microbe commonly associated with the development of dental plaque and… colorectal cancer. It’s time we had a discussion about association and causation and then we can look at the implications of this research.Continue Reading →
Conference: Microbiota 2011
Yet another conference is scheduled for December 2011 in Paris. Here are the details.Continue Reading →
Last week in Links: 31st October 2011
In the first of an ongoing series, Last week in Links will bring together links to research and other content that are interesting from the perspective of microbes and us. It might simply be content that I have not had a chance to cover in more detail. It might also be content that [...]Continue Reading →
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