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Allergies on the rise in US kids, government study finds - NBC News.com

Allergies on the rise in US kids, government study finds - NBC News.com | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Allergies triggered by food or the environment have risen sharply in U.S. children in recent years, especially among more affluent...
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The Microbiome and the Future of Medicine

The Microbiome and the Future of Medicine | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Science writer Carl Zimmer interviews Dr Martin Blaser during the Wired Health Conference about the human microbiome. They discuss many aspects of the future of medicine that may be impacted by ongoing microbiome research.
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Good collection of relevant material.

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Mysteries of the Microbiome

Mysteries of the Microbiome | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Dr. Alexander Khoruts understands if you hesitate to shake his hand. He does dirty work. But he's saving lives with what the rest of us flush away.
The University of Minnesota associate professor is...
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"Whatever useful treatments come out of our discovery of the microbiome, for the moment it's hard not to revel in this strange idea that our bacteria may be as much a part of what makes us human as our heart or brain."

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PLOS Biology: Microbes Colonize a Baby’s Gut with Distinction

PLOS Biology: Microbes Colonize a Baby’s Gut with Distinction | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
PLOS Biology is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that features works of exceptional significance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface with other disciplines.
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"The idiosyncratic nature of the early stages of colonization suggests that a baby’s initial bacterial profile largely results from incidental microbial encounters. "

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'Facts' of C. Diff Transmission Challenged

'Facts' of C. Diff Transmission Challenged | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
A sophisticated genetic analysis of Clostridium difficile cases is challenging the conventional wisdom that symptomatic patients are responsible for most transmission in hospitals.
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Preliminary Characterization of the American Gut Population - Human Food Project

Preliminary Characterization of the American Gut Population - Human Food Project | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
If you have been following American Gut Project, you might be interested in the PDF we just released (see below) of a “top level” summary of the first ~1,000 people who gave it up for science.
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Interesting project, building a library of "typical" gut populations.

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Caltech finds a home for the microbiome

A home for the microbiome
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Published in Nature: "A team led by California Institute of Technology (Caltech) biologist Sarkis Mazmanian believes it has found the answer, at least in one common group of bacteria: a set of genes that promotes stable microbial colonization of the gut."

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Team shows how antibiotics enable pathogenic gut infections

Team shows how antibiotics enable pathogenic gut infections | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
A new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine could help pinpoint ways to counter the effects of the antibiotics-driven depletion of friendly, gut-dwelling bacteria.
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More information: Microbiota-liberated host sugars facilitate post-antibiotic expansion of enteric pathogens, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature12503

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"Plasticity Pill" Could Rewire Brain to Treat Autism and Schizophrenia | DiscoverMagazine.com

"Plasticity Pill" Could Rewire Brain to Treat Autism and Schizophrenia | DiscoverMagazine.com | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Super-mice bred to lack certain immune molecules display a superior ability to form new neural connections, or strengthen existing ones — and they could serve as a model for reversing brain disease.
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"The same mutation that gives them their supremely adaptive brains has left them with extraordinarily vulnerable bodies."

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Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics...
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"[Dr.] Greenblatt’s provocative idea — that psychiatric woes can be solved by targeting the digestive system — is increasingly reinforced by cutting-edge science." 


Yes, indeed! 

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Study suggests human genes influence gut microbial composition

Study suggests human genes influence gut microbial composition | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
New research led by the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and the University of Glasgow, Scotland, has identified a link between a human gene and the composition of human gastrointestinal bacteria.
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"The microbiota, which evolved over tens of thousands of years alongside their human hosts, constitutes a complex and diverse community whose exact composition varies from person to person. It has numerous beneficial physiological and nutritional effects for humans; however, alterations in its bacterial composition have been linked to health problems including obesity and Crohn's disease."

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Big Brainy Belly Cooking Day

Big Brainy Belly Cooking Day | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
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Farmers Market on Sunday means a big cook Tuesday. The menu? Rhubarb sauce with honey, new batch of sauerkraut, bacon sauteed kale, grilled purple asparagus, poached tilapia, planked salmon, 4 pounds of peeled carrots, and green beans. The fridge is full of tasty cold food for the hot weather and the pressure cooker is invaluable.

 

Tomorrow, NIH/ Genome meeting: http://www.genome.gov/27554404

 

What a week.

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Peter Attia: What if blaming the obese is blaming the victims?

What if obesity has nothing to do with eating too much? Peter Attia, MD, President and co-Founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative, says we don't know eno...
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Pesticides in Tap Water Linked to Food Allergies

Pesticides in Tap Water Linked to Food Allergies | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Getty Images As food allergies become increasingly common, a new study offers the first proof that they may be linked to pesticides found in tap water.
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Studies of Human Microbiome Yield New Insights

Studies of Human Microbiome Yield New Insights | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
As we learn more about the trillions of microbes we carry around, some scientists want to be like wildlife managers — nurturing the good and weeding out the bad.
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Key Words: Managers versus warriors. From 2012.

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The Toxic Truth About Gluten-Free Food and Celiac Disease

The Toxic Truth About Gluten-Free Food and Celiac Disease | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Find out why the "Healthy" gluten-free foods are toxic, contributing to inflammation and leaky gut in Celiac Disease. Also, learn what to eat instead.
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Bill Bentley's comment, October 17, 2013 10:45 AM
Hi Jenn. This is interesting but it's clearly an ad so therefore clearly extremely biased. I would never trust information from a source like this. It's worth using this article to seek medical or nutritionist confirmation and perhaps find a solution that works but I'd never run out and buy that guy's magic cure!
Jenn Forager's comment, November 6, 2013 8:13 AM
Thanks for the feedback, Bill. I am thinking deeply about how to explore the many blind alleys of a gluten free diet. I will keep your reaction in mind.
Bill Bentley's comment, November 6, 2013 8:31 AM
I'm in graduate school getting a new degree in applied statistics and my business has been teaching people how to make unbiased, data based decisions. The media and the web are full of misleading stuff. We can get ideas from it and use it to explore but true and useful and unbiased data and good conclusions are very hard to come by. My going in proposition with anything that I read like this is that it is either biased or wrong until I see evidence to the contrary! I'm looking for a dietitian right now to do some investigating of my own since I've given up on the medical profession for now. They have me on some pills that more or less work and that's good enough for them. It's not good enough for me.
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The Birth of the Ecosystem within Us | PLOS Biologue

The Birth of the Ecosystem within Us | PLOS Biologue | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
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Interesting account of small 2007 newborn microbiota study.

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Good Reading from AmericanGut.org

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1000 samples offer up data related to diet and lifestyle. Now we need to understand why. Good stuff! 

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Wider understanding

Wider understanding | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
A CALORIE is a calorie. Eat too many and spend too few, and you will become obese and sickly. This is the conventional wisdom. But increasingly, it looks too...
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" Now a study published in Nature Communications by Richard Johnson, of the University of Colorado, explains that glucose may do its harm, in part, through its conversion to fructose."

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Asthma: A Gut Reaction to Antibiotics

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"Immunologist Gary Huffnagle and colleagues are the first to demonstrate in a mouse model that the disruption of beneficial intestinal bacteria by antibiotics allows yeast to take hold and flourish."

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Diverse Gut Microbes, A Trim Waistline And Health Go Together : NPR

Diverse Gut Microbes, A Trim Waistline And Health Go Together : NPR | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Lean people tend to have many more kinds of intestinal bacteria than obese people. Having too few species, regardless of your weight, appears to increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
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"All this supports the ideas that eating a poor diet or taking lots of antibiotics may be factors in the obesity epidemic and associated health problems, in part, because of the way they affect our gut microbes, Ehrlich says."

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Randomized Treatments May Be More Effective at Stopping Disease Outbreaks: Scientific American

Randomized Treatments May Be More Effective at Stopping Disease Outbreaks: Scientific American | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Mathematicians have found that by varying the timing of treatments, doctors may be able to increase the odds that a disease outbreak will die off suddenly
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How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells

How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
Several striking new studies provide some clarity by showing that exercise seems able to drastically alter how genes operate, perhaps altering the risk for problems like obesity and diabetes.
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Seriously important.

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Doctors Should Start Advocating Dietary Options to Treat Heart Disease

Doctors Should Start Advocating Dietary Options to Treat Heart Disease | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
It’s time to start advocating diet changes for heart patients—not just medication, says Dr. Daniela Drake.
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What a novel idea!

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Human Microbiome Science: Vision for the Future

Human Microbiome Science: Vision for the Future | Brainy Belly | Scoop.it
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Attending, taking notes and talking to scientists. Let me know if there are sessions you would like covered.

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