Tag: antibiotics

Isolating Which Bacterial Species Boost Immune Functioning

As you all know, I like to report on studies done in humans whenever possible, so here goes!  Scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, In New York City, conducted really interesting research on patients who had received bone marrow transplants as part of… Continue Reading “Isolating Which Bacterial Species Boost Immune Functioning”

Gut Bacteria, Sleep and Alterations to Neurotransmitter Production

Researchers in Japan, at the University of Tsukuba, have just published an incredibly interesting study on the bacterial microbiome and sleep.[i]  While it was conducted in mice, it undoubtedly has implications for humans as well.  As you know from my previous posts on the… Continue Reading “Gut Bacteria, Sleep and Alterations to Neurotransmitter Production”

Introducing Proteobiotics: Natural Pathogen Fighters

A new topic – and vocabulary word – for The Biome Buzz:  proteobiotics.  You know that I am very enthused about research into using bacteriophages (viruses native to the human biome which target specific bacteria) as an old/new therapy to deal with infection.  (You… Continue Reading “Introducing Proteobiotics: Natural Pathogen Fighters”

Antibiotics Early in Life: More on Their Detrimental Effects

Because I know how to have a good time, I spent a lot of time yesterday reading incredibly depressing articles, one after another, about the gut:  paper after paper about the differences in the gut microbiota of those on the autism spectrum, subsequent differences… Continue Reading “Antibiotics Early in Life: More on Their Detrimental Effects”

A Brief History of Phage Therapy: The Good Side of Viruses

For some peculiar reason, I have viruses on my mind a lot lately.  (I live in New York State.  ‘nough said.)  As I walked from my kitchen to my office, and back again, and again and again and again, like a caged animal, I… Continue Reading “A Brief History of Phage Therapy: The Good Side of Viruses”

What You Eat: the Main Factor in Determining Your Microbiota

A new study out of Washington University in St. Louis shows, yet again, that even species matters less than what you eat and your lifestyle in determining the composition of your gut bacteria.[i] These researchers analyzed the fecal microbiota a of 18 wild chimpanzees… Continue Reading “What You Eat: the Main Factor in Determining Your Microbiota”

Babies, Anxiety and the Gut Biome

Remember last Thursday, when I wrote about the relationship of the gut bacteria to the structure and function of the brain?    I mentioned in that post that, “In Western populations, Bacteroides and Prevotella species tend to dominate, with the former outnumbering the latter… Continue Reading “Babies, Anxiety and the Gut Biome”

FMT and Autism: A Status Report

Over the weekend I read an interesting little article on the status of fecal microbiota transplant as a therapy for treating autism.[i]  It most certainly is one of the more promising treatments:  the two clinical trials so far have had pretty spectacular results.  That’s… Continue Reading “FMT and Autism: A Status Report”

More Evidence that Adds to the Growing Promise of Phage Therapy

As many of you know, I am particularly fascinated by the promise of using bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria – as an alternative to antibiotics.  As they are specific to only one kind of bacteria, they leave other species unharmed. Unlike “broad spectrum… Continue Reading “More Evidence that Adds to the Growing Promise of Phage Therapy”

The Miracle of Mucus?

When giving a talk, Elaine Gottschall, the author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle (the book that lays out the specifics, and science, of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet) used to show 3 slides, illustrating the incredible mucus production in intestines afflicted with inflammatory bowel disease.… Continue Reading “The Miracle of Mucus?”