microbiome

Diets like the Keto, Paleo and Atkins focus on high-fat, high-protein meals that are often low in carbohydrates. This mix may appeal to Clostridioides difficile bacteria, too. In a new study, researchers report that mice fed a high-protein, high-fat diet were more likely to acquire a deadly C. difficile infection than mice eating a standard… Read more

Being around dogs from an early age may lessen the chance of developing schizophrenia as an adult, according to a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine. And while Fido may help prevent that condition, the jury is still out on whether or not there’s any link, positive or negative, between being raised with Fluffy the cat… Read more

  Higher exposure to commonly used oral antibiotics is linked to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease according to a recent study by researchers form the Helsinki University Hospital. “The link between antibiotic exposure and Parkinson’s disease fits the current view that in a significant proportion of patients the pathology of Parkinson’s may originate in… Read more

Aggregates of the protein alpha-synuclein arising in the gut may play a key role in the development of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Investigators are testing the hypothesis that by targeting the enteric nervous system with a compound that can inhibit the intracellular aggregation of alpha-synuclein, they can restore enteric functioning in the short term, and possibly… Read more

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found new evidence of a potentially broadly-acting microbial link between the health of ecosystems and the health of people. The research[1] investigated the relationship between exposure to biodiverse soil dust, gut health, and mental health. Growing evidence links natural green space exposure with a range of health benefits… Read more