Bacteria present in a newborn baby’s first poop could determine the risk of obesity later in life. Researchers also found that antibiotic use during pregnancy could alter the composition of microbiome responsible for a range of health outcomes.
Public Health April 14, 2019
Researchers found that 60 percent of the horizontal gene transfer in the human body take place between microbes that are far apart. The process can help understand the evolution of microbes and address the emergence of superbugs.
Public Health April 13, 2019
Researchers found that people who do not have a certain strain of bacteria typically found in the gut are more likely to experience depression. The findings are part of a larger study that links gut microbiome to mental health.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 5, 2019
Scientists proposed a frozen bank that will keep microbiota from all over the world for future generations. Those who are involved in the project will have to collect microbiota from even the most isolated communities.
Earth/Environment October 7, 2018
Like bees, flies are also pollinators that are important members of the ecosystem. Though they could carry hundreds of bacteria species, researchers believe they could potentially benefit public health monitoring.
Public Health November 25, 2017
A new research has revealed that obese dogs have a serious gut microbe deficiency problem compared to lean and healthier ones. This can be managed by the balancing proteins and carbohydrates in their diet.
Animals January 27, 2017
Cities having their unique microbial signatures - tiny organisms like bacteria and fungi crawling in rooms, buildings, and nearly all places possible - is deemed helpful in building and designing healthier homes and structures for humans.
Life April 20, 2016
Smoking may drastically alter the balance of bacterial species in the mouth, a new study revealed. This could affect a person's risk of mouth, lung, and gut diseases, researchers said.
Life March 30, 2016
A lot of mothers and health practitioners opt for vaginal seeding. Doctors warn that this practice, which has not been proven to be effective yet, may increase the infant's risk of infection.
Life February 24, 2016
Infants born via caesarean section do not acquire beneficial microbiomes from their mothers' vaginal fluids. The small study proved that swabbing newborns with maternal vaginal fluids restores the needed bacteria.
Life February 2, 2016
Researchers found chimps who socialized shared similar microbiomes. The animals' increased social activities led to a greater diversity of gut bacteria based on fecal analysis. Social activity could be a way wherein animals transmit gut bacteria around and down to younger generations.
Life January 17, 2016
A coalition of scientists called the Unified Microbiome Initiative Consortium has urged the U.S. government to create a national initiative that will provide support for experts working in the field of microbiome research. The group believes such a program would result in various scientific advances that would benefit mankind.
October 29, 2015
Canadian researchers found babies treated with antibiotics before one year of age have a higher risk of developing asthma later in life. Four bacteria in the gut may play a role in asthma development.
Life October 2, 2015
Your own personal microbial "cloud" surrounding your body is distinct to you, like a fingerprint. Although we all harbor similar types of bacteria, the makeup of each person's "haze" is unique, according to scientists.
September 22, 2015
A new study conducted by University of Iowa researchers suggests that long-term exposure to a toxin produced by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria could increase the likelihood of an individual to develop symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes.
Life June 3, 2015
A new study found that contact lens wearers have more bacteria linked to corneal ulcers than nonwearers. Understanding the changes that contacts cause in the eye’s bacterical community could help prevent infections.
Life May 31, 2015
John Rodakis saw the improvement in his son’s autism while taking antibiotics so he began researching, collaborating with experts to determine how the microbiome affects the condition.
Life March 25, 2015
A new study shows that DNA testing kits may be contaminated with bacteria. This can throw off the data in studies of microbiomes.
Life November 13, 2014