Some Research High Points of 2017

Well, it’s time yet again for the big New Year’s countdown of my  favorite biome research stories of the year!!! January:  The Specific Carbohydrate Diet study at Seattle Children’s Hospital on 10 pediatric patients with Crohn’s disease.  After only 12 weeks, 8 of the 10 children were in remission.  A mind-blowing result, in such a … Read more

Holiday Time, Depression and the Microbiome: Musings

Researchers into multiple sclerosis at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City were looking at how antibiotics affect the myelin sheath and neuron damage when they noticed that the mice they were using were exhibiting behavioral changes, in terms of depressive symptoms.  Upon further examination, they realized that a specific mix of antibiotics reversed these … Read more

“Excretory Wipings”…or…the Dada of Doodoo

As Monty Python would say…and now for something completely different… One of my personal favorite blogs is Questioning Answers, written by a UK researcher, Paul Whiteley.  Tuesday’s post kind of took me by, er…surprise:  “The art of the gut microbiome:  ‘Excretory Wipings” across 45+ years.”[i]  You know the old expression, “Truth is Stranger than Fiction”?  … Read more

News Flash: Processed Foods are Not Good for You :-)

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, looked at how food preservatives affect the microbiota.[i]  Using a mouse model, over the course of 15 weeks, they noticed that a particular preservative they tested, “…temporarily perturbed the diversity of microbes in the mouse gut, but this change was transient…”    By week 5, there were statistically significant … Read more

A Better Way to Avoid the Flu?

Every year, flu-vaccine manufacturers guess which strains will be most predominant for the upcoming season.  Last year was considered a failure, at about 30% efficacy.  This year…it’s a disaster.  According to many news sources, including The Chicago Tribune[i], this year’s flu vaccine will be 10% effective…if that.  It’s expected to be a terrible year for … Read more

New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations

This morning I stumbled across some interesting research on alterations in the microbiome and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).[i]  I have written before about recent studies suggesting that such alterations lead to the amyloid deposits in the brain that are characteristics of the disease. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with scientists in both Sweden and … Read more