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Learn from hunters how lifestyle affects gut bacteria

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 21:57

Gut bacteria have co-evolved with humans over millions of years and helped them adapt to new environments and foods. For the first time, an international team of researchers has deciphered the intestinal bacteria of present-day hunter-gatherers.

Breastfeeding could increase healthy bacteria in infants

Last Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014, 17:46

Researchers have suggested that breastfeeding until at least nine months of age increases prevalence in the gastrointestinal tract of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, species which are known to contribute to development of a healthy immune system.

Exact gut bacteria involved in Crohn`s disease identified

Last Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 13:50

Researchers have now identified specific bacteria that are abnormally increased or decreased when Crohn`s disease develops.

Gut cells may give birth to insulin-making cells

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 14:01

In a break-through for people suffering from diabetes, research has demonstrated that the intestinal cells could be an accessible and abundant source of functional insulin-producing cells.

Eating red meat could up cancer risk in the gut

Last Updated: Friday, March 07, 2014, 11:40

New reports suggest that eating red and processed meat could increase risk of developing cancer in the gut.

Gut bugs may spur development of bowel cancer

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 04, 2014, 15:40

Microbes living in the gut may help drive the development of intestinal tumours, scientists have found.

`Fat` gut bacteria thrive in people up north

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 20:40

Researchers have found that people living farther north in colder climates have more of the bacterial group `Firmicutes` and fewer of the group `Bacteriodes` within their guts.

Good gut health can help lower cholesterol levels

Last Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014, 16:11

Researchers have found that a good gut health can have a positive effect on the heart as certain probiotics have cholesterol-lowering potential.

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