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[VIDEO] Our Microbiome—Identifying the Worlds Within

From the surface of our skin to deep inside our gut, humans are teeming with microbes. The trillions of microorganisms that inhabit humans make up 1 to 3 percent of our total mass and play a vital role in our everyday functions and overall health. More than 100,000 species of bacteria have been identified in the human body, though the population distribution of bacteria can vary greatly from individual to individual. Deciphering the complexity of the human microbiome will help determine new methods for health management and treatment of disease.


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Yeipí JotaPé's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:22 AM

Introducing human Micrbiome to citizens.

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Gut Bacteria Regulate Happiness

Gut Bacteria Regulate Happiness | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
APC scientists have shown that brain levels of serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life.

 

This research has multiple health implications as it shows that manipulations of the microbiota (e.g. by antibiotics, diet, or infection) can have profound knock-on effects on brain function. . . .


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Gina Stepp's comment, June 12, 2012 11:08 PM
Interesting . . . especially considering that gut regulation and other emotion-related processes are affected by early-life bonding (attachment . . . relationships). You can't separate bodily health from mental health in the end.
Alice Ruxton Abler's comment, June 13, 2012 4:38 PM
Many thanks!