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Gut bacteria

Are probiotics really that good for you?

We swallow billions of allegedly healthy bacteria in fermented foods, beverages and nutritional supplements. Scientists question whether this is always a good thing.

Fibre and protein enhance gut bacteria in children

Diet is crucial when a child transitions from breast-milk to solid food and helps ensure they develop a rich diversity of gut bacteria, shows new research.

Surprising bacteria discovery has puzzled scientists

A new species of bacteria has been found in a Danish man with blood poisoning. The bacteria's closest relative lives in the alimentary tract of African termites.

Alcoholism linked to lack of intestinal bacteria

New study suggests connection between the gut flora and addiction to alcohol.

Mouse study: C-sections cause immune system malfunction

Experiments on mice indicate that natural delivery gives children a better and healthier immune system.

New study completes mapping of our gut bacteria

Discovery could give a better understanding of a variety of diseases and conditions and lead to the development of new antibiotics.