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Targeting the gut microbiome to treat the osteoarthritis of obesity

Obesity is a risk factor for osteoarthritis (OA), the greatest cause of disability in the US. The impact of obesity on OA is driven by systemic in ammation, and increased systemic in ammation is now understood to be caused by gut microbiome dysbiosis. Oligofructose, a nondigestible prebiotic ber, can restore a lean gut microbial community…

How Holobionts get Sick

Interesting article that continues the discussion of redeveloping our medical diagnostic and treatment paradigm to include dysbiosis.   Technologies such a multiplexing assays give us the ability to quickly gauge the absence or presence of certain complexes that create an environment for disease.  Additionally, the introduction of new vocabulary is essential to further discussions and…

Microbiota Transfer Therapy improves gastrointestinal and autism symptoms

Microbiota Transfer Therapy alters gut ecosystem and improves gastrointestinal and autism symptoms: an open-label study New research suggests a link between the microbiome and autism spectrum disorder.  Using a protocol that involved a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) resulted in an improvement in both gastrointestinal symptoms but also behavioral improvements.  This small study is important as it reproduces…

The Breast Has Its Own Microbiome

The Breast Has Its Own Microbiome–and the Mix of Bacteria Could Prevent or Encourage Cancer If certain bacteria do instigate cancer, the finding could lead to new screening methods or treatments By Knvul Sheikh | Scientific American October 2016 Issue The gut microbiome has stolen the show when it comes to the recent explosion of research on the…