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Gut bacteria

Gut bacteria flora linked to chronic heart failure

A new Norwegian study has found that chronic heart failure patients lack important microbiota in their intestinal tracts.

Pattern hair loss could be due to gut bacteria

Experiments with antibiotics and bacteria-free mice reveal how gut bacteria could cause hair loss.

How our gut influences our health

Why gut bacteria are essential for a healthy immune system.

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.

Two-year-olds benefit from playing games on tablets

The use of electronic media by young children has an undeserved bad reputation, a new study suggests. Mothers are better at interacting with their two-year-olds when playing online games than when they are watching TV together or engaged in regular play.