Category Archives: Gezondheid

Your Environment Is Cleaner. Your Immune System Has Never Been So Unprepared.

A century ago, British scientists suggested a link between increased hygiene and allergic conditions — the first hint that our immune systems are becoming improperly “trained.” Excerpted from “An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System,” published on Tuesday by William Morrow. Should you pick your nose? Don’t laugh. Scientifically, it’s an interesting question. Should your children pick… Read more »

Probioticum beschermt tegen griep

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Dat probiotica inderdaad de immuniteit kunnen versterken, werd nogmaals aangetoond in een Spaanse studie. Artsen gaven een probioticum aan 60 zestigplussers die enkele maanden voordien gevaccineerd waren tegen het griepvirus. Drie maanden later werden de effecten ervan in het bloed gemeten. De immuniteit voor het H3N2-griepvirus verbeterde. In het bloed werden meer antilichamen tegen het virus gevonden, dat zijn stoffen… Read more »

How gut bacteria controls gene expression through “interspecies communication”

Imagine a tiny microbe living inside you with the power to control the activity of your DNA. Scientists are increasingly discovering how much control our gut bacteria may actually have over us, with a new study describing how individual bacteria can secrete a molecule that literally turns genes off or on. Epigenetics is a field of study looking at what mechanisms… Read more »

Almost 2,000 previously unknown bacteria discovered in the human gut

Nearly 2,000 previously unknown species of gut bacteria have been discovered by a team of international researchers using novel metagenomic data. The discovery greatly expands our knowledge of the microbial species living inside us, and establishes new computational methods to help reconstruct and identify undiscovered bacterial genomes. Inside all of us there lies a vast population of trillions of microorganisms. Our… Read more »

World’s Largest Study on the Human Gut Reveals Connection to These Mental Health Problems

The largest study of all time on the human gut has been underway since 2012 and they are discovering some remarkable things. Scientists have been collecting fecal samples from around the world and tirelessly analyzing and comparing samples. Believe it or not, people have been paying $99 each to send their own stool samples along with oral and skin samples… Read more »

Links between gut microbes and depression strengthened

The once-wild idea that intestinal bacteria influence mental health has transformed into a major research pursuit. Just ten years ago, the idea that microorganisms in the human gut could influence the brain was often dismissed as wild. Not any more. Links between the central nervous system and the trillions of bacteria in the gut — the microbiota — are now… Read more »

A gut punch fights cancer and infection

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Microorganisms in the human gut can affect immune-system cells. Gut bacterial strains have been discovered that boost immune cells that have cell-killing capacity and that can target cancer and protect against infection. The bacteria that live in our bodies have a pivotal role in the maintenance of our health, and can influence a range of conditions, such as obesity and… Read more »