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Media about microbes in us, our homes and our gardens is becoming ever more plentiful. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about how these incredible organisms support our daily life and how we can best live in balance with them for our health and the health of the planet.

Using the microbiome to promote muscle growth

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Using the microbiome to promote muscle growth in muscle loss conditions such as ageing and cancer: If further research can identify the substances that the bacteria of the gut are making to help muscles grow following exercise, we might be able to use some of those substances to promote the growth of muscles in people suffering from the loss of muscle as typically seen with ageing or cancer.

That’s according to new research published today in The Journal of Physiology.

Gut Bacteria and Flavonoid-Rich Foods Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

Everyday Health, Lisa Rapaport

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Eating more foods packed with flavonoids may help lower your systolic blood pressure — the “top number” that reflects the pressure blood exerts against artery walls when the heart beats — especially when you also have a greater diversity of bacteria in your gut, according to a study published in August 2021 in Hypertension. Read more

The Link Between Your Gut and Heart Health

Everyday Health, Quinn Phillips

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Cardiovascular disease — affecting the heart and blood vessels — is the leading cause of mortality worldwide and in the United States, where it accounts for about 1 in 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many factors can increase the risk of developing heart disease, including being overweight or obese, lack of physical activity, and smoking. But there’s an important factor you may not be aware of: gut health. Read more

Microbe that can break down plastic discovered in cow’s stomach

Sky News

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Microbes in cows’ stomachs that can break down plastic, have been discovered by scientists in Austria.

Bacteria in the cow’s stomach produces enzymes that break apart the chemical bonds in this polyester and, scientists have discovered, can break apart the bonds in synthetic polyesters too. Read more

How Soil Microbes Fight Climate Change

Scientific American, Esther Ngumbi

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Global soils already hold three times as much carbon as exists in the atmosphere, and there’s room for much more. According to a recent study in Nature, enhanced carbon storage in the world’s farmland soils could reduce greenhouse gas concentrations by between 50 and 80 percent. Read more

Gut bacteria Connected to the way babies experience fear

The Week, Web Desk

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Why do some babies react to perceived danger more than others? According to new research from Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, part of the answer may be found in a surprising place: an infant’s digestive system. Read more

Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development

The Scientist, Abby Olena

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“What is exciting to me about this paper is that it provides evidence, not only that there is microbial exposure in utero . . . but that it is important for education of the developing fetal immune system—especially memory T cells, which are important then for preparing the newborn to deal with additional antigenic exposures, microbial exposures, and possible infectious pathogenic exposures,” Read more

 

Why This Scientist Is On A Mission To Turn Your Poo Blue

HuffPost, Natasha Hinde

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His study suggests gut transit times are a more informative marker of your gut microbiome function than traditional measures used currently, such as the Bristol stool chart. (You might remember this from a trip to your GP. The poster shows you different poo types, from hard, rabbit-like rocks to runny sludge. Patients are asked to pick which one of these seven types they are.)  Read more

 

Researchers look to gut microbiome to improve bone health

Cornell Chronicle, David Nutt

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A Cornell-led collaboration has been awarded a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore the ways that the gut microbiome – that mass of microorganisms inside us all – impacts bone quality. Their findings could potentially lead to the creation of a microbiome-based therapeutic for improving bone health. Read more

What Is Your Microbiome?

Wall Street Journal, Fiorella Valdesolo

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A properly functioning skin microbiome, composed of bacteria known also as skin flora, is critical to skin’s health: It fortifies the skin’s barrier, trapping moisture, shielding against infection and environmental aggressors and reducing inflammation. When the microbiome is lacking in good bacteria, the skin’s barrier function is compromised. The result is what Bowe calls “leaky skin,” her riff on the term “leaky gut,”. Read more

The Gut Stuff: why it’s time to talk about your poo

The Evening Standard, Giullia Crouch

With her identical twin sister, Alana, she founded The Gut Stuff in 2017; an online wellness platform. If you’re already put off, don’t be. The straight-talking sisters are no Gwyneth Paltrow wannabes and their company isn’t part of the ‘eat like me, look like me’ brigade of Instagram. Instead, with the help of a wealth of experts researching this exciting new field, they’re on a mission to bring gut health to the masses. Read more. 

‘Rewilding skin’ is the gentle beauty trend that soothes inflammation and sensitivity

Glamour, Elle Turner

But re-wilding, has emerged as a novel answer to our very modern problem. It focuses on taking skin back to its roots and undoing the intervention of astringent skincare products.

Microbiome-friendly skincare brands like EsseAureliaMother Dirt and Gallinée have all innovated to create formulas that work with our skin’s natural flora – the community of billions of friendly micro-organisms and ‘good bacteria’ that make up our microbiome. Read more.

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