Tag: bacterialmicrobiome

A New “FMT” Probiotic to Treat Ulcerative Colitis: A Clinical Trial

The results of a stage 1 clinical trial of a novel probiotic (created from purified human stool) in treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis (UC) were just published in the journal, Gastroenterology.[i]  I didn’t pay a huge amount of attention last week when I… Continue Reading “A New “FMT” Probiotic to Treat Ulcerative Colitis: A Clinical Trial”

Baobab and Microbiome Diversity: Eat Like a Hazda!

A few days ago I received an email from a company (Dhow Nature Foods ) that is producing powdered baobab, asking if I’d consider writing a blog post about the product. I was pretty excited to hear from them. Baobab, you ask? What the… Continue Reading “Baobab and Microbiome Diversity: Eat Like a Hazda!”

Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome

Today, for your reading pleasure, a kind of amazing 14 month long clinical trial out of Ben-Gurion University, in Israel![i]  As I am sure you all know, after dieting and losing weight, it is incredibly difficult to keep it off.  I read, not that… Continue Reading “Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome”

The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends”

A very recent paper, published just this past May, caught my eye because of its title:  “Inflammatory bowel diseases, the hygiene hypothesis and the other side of the microbiota: Parasites and fungi.”[i]  How often on this blog have I talked about the incredible complexity… Continue Reading “The Macrobiome and Mycobiome in IBD: A Look at the Role of “Dirty Old Friends””

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”

New Info on COVID, the Immune System and the Microbiome

With every passing weeks, it seems like more connections are being  made between the bacterial microbiome and severe COVID-19 infection.  A new paper was pre-published (not yet peer reviewed) late last week looking in  more depth at the microbiota in COVID and what’s happening… Continue Reading “New Info on COVID, the Immune System and the Microbiome”

More on How Little We Know About Archaea

Twice ever, I have gotten to write about archaea, some of the least studied members of the human biome.  These sort-of bacteria (they are kind of like bacteria but their cell walls are different and they have no defined nucleus) are actually pretty remarkable… Continue Reading “More on How Little We Know About Archaea”

Anxiety Disorders in Autism (and Not in Autism) and Things You Can Do Now

On Thursday, I have an appointment with an orthopedist to look at a hand injury I sustained a couple of weeks ago, working with one of my adult students with autism.  Unknowingly, I said a word which ended up triggering a massive attack of… Continue Reading “Anxiety Disorders in Autism (and Not in Autism) and Things You Can Do Now”

COVID-19 and Probiotics: A (Successful) Clinical Study

With the COVID crisis continuing to rage on, I have been keeping an eye out for anything we can all do now.  Last week I wrote a post about the potential protective mechanisms afforded by helminths.   Today I’m covering a recent clinical trial using… Continue Reading “COVID-19 and Probiotics: A (Successful) Clinical Study”

ALS and the Microbiome: Yet Another Potential Connection

Earlier this year, another study was published showing alterations in the gut microbiomes of patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).[i]  And,yet again, it shows an imbalance in the ratio of protective microbial species to pro-inflammatory ones. The study included 50 ALS patients ranging in… Continue Reading “ALS and the Microbiome: Yet Another Potential Connection”