Tag: microbiome

Adding to the Pile of Evidence Linking IBD to the Virome

Yet another study, this one out of Massachusetts General Hospital (one of Harvard’s teaching hospitals) associating inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) with alteration in the virome.  These scientists wanted to move beyond correlation and look for actual causation.  Exactly how does the virome affect intestinal… Continue Reading “Adding to the Pile of Evidence Linking IBD to the Virome”

How Gut Inflammation Feeds Pathogenic Bacteria in Crohn’s Disease

The results of a multi-year study of the role E. coli plays in Crohn’s Disease is absolutely fascinating.  Back in December, 2021, I described to you research that showed that stress can cause flare-ups of Crohn’s by leading to an increase in invasive E.coli… Continue Reading “How Gut Inflammation Feeds Pathogenic Bacteria in Crohn’s Disease”

New Information on the Ever-Growing Parkinson’s Disease/Microbiome Connection

As you know, I’ve been following the developing story of the bacterial microbiomes relationship to the development of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) for years now.  This past week, science took another step forward: Brazilian researchers published a paper in Scientific Reports that suggest, yet again,… Continue Reading “New Information on the Ever-Growing Parkinson’s Disease/Microbiome Connection”

Treating ALS: A New Link Found Between the Microbiome and the Gut Nervous System

A bit of hopeful news for you today[i].  I don’t know about you all, but lately, I really feel like I need WAY more good news. Researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago, have published research which shows that there appears to be a… Continue Reading “Treating ALS: A New Link Found Between the Microbiome and the Gut Nervous System”

Two Pieces of Research on Specific Bacteria Associated with Disease: Heart Attacks and IBD

Two interesting bits of research for you this week, to make up for missing a post last week.  Sorry – just too busy these days to get to write regularly.  Both are about research that has isolated specific bacterial microbiome differences in those with… Continue Reading “Two Pieces of Research on Specific Bacteria Associated with Disease: Heart Attacks and IBD”

More Fascinating Findings on Phages: Affects on Memory and Cognition

For today, a topic I haven’t had a chance to write about in months:  the virome.  Published last week in Cell Host & Microbe is an article that shows that a specific bacteriophage has been found to improve executive function and memory in both… Continue Reading “More Fascinating Findings on Phages: Affects on Memory and Cognition”

FMT Reduces Sensitivity to Peanuts Even in the Highly Allergic

A quick note this week to tell you about a very exciting clinical study that was just reported this weekend, out of Boston Children’s Hospital.  The trial was a phase one, and thus small – only 15 participants, aged 18-33, who have severe peanut… Continue Reading “FMT Reduces Sensitivity to Peanuts Even in the Highly Allergic”

A Bacterial-Derived Metabolite and Anxiety in Autism and Schizophrenia

Readers with (or who have family members with) anxiety issues, autism, or schizophrenia, please pay special attention to today’s post.  I have feeling that this is a really significant finding. Researchers at Cal Tech (along with colleagues at Stanford and other major California Universities)… Continue Reading “A Bacterial-Derived Metabolite and Anxiety in Autism and Schizophrenia”

A Step Forward in Figuring Out the Microbiome/Weight Gain Connection

Today, for your reading pleasure, a quick summary of a super interesting article I spotted in the journal, Nature Metabolism, over this past weekend.  As you know from my (many) past posts on the topic of obesity, it is  NOT a simple question of… Continue Reading “A Step Forward in Figuring Out the Microbiome/Weight Gain Connection”

Probiotics and Mental Health: A Review of Human Studies

As regular readers of this blog know, one of my particular areas of interest is the relationship of the gut biome to mental health, including memory and cognition. Very early on, if you remember, I told you the story of losing my grandmother to… Continue Reading “Probiotics and Mental Health: A Review of Human Studies”