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Your microbes might decide how much you weigh

Microbes—usually bacteria, fungi, or protists—made a big splash of news when the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) last month. The NMI’s aim is to advance the understanding of microbiome, which refers to all the microbes in a particular environment. The initiative particularly focuses on restoring […]

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Intestinal protein linked to ADHD




Researchers are increasingly linking gut function to a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. Now, a new study suggests that a biochemical pathway long associated with diarrhea may provide a new therapeutic target for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The researchers, from China and the United States, report on their findings in Science. The intestinal membrane […]




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Novel psychiatric drugs aimed at gut bacteria




Communication between the bacteria in our gut and our brain plays an important role in the development of psychiatric illness, say McMaster University researchers who are investigating how new psychiatric drugs might directly target intestinal flora. McMaster neuroscientist Jane Foster contends that this brain-bacteria “cross-talk” plays an important role in the development of psychiatric illness, […]




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Intestines Act As HIV Reservoir




Gut-associated lymphoid tissue accounts for 70 percent of the body’s immune system and should be a priority target for HIV treatments, claim University of California (UC) researchers. The researchers found that HIV hidden in gut mucosa suppresses the immune system and continues to replicate, despite standard tests indicating otherwise. The study, published in the Journal […]




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