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Intestinal bacteria influence food transit through the gut

21.11.2013 - (idw) University of Gothenburg Food transit through the small intestine affects the body's absorption of nutrients and, consequently, our health. The discovery that food transit time is regulated by a hormone indicates new ways to increase the intestinal absorption of nutrients, and thus potentially treat malnutrition. One of the tasks of the gut microbiota is to break down essential nutrients from our diet to provide a usable energy source in the colon. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, have now shown that lack of energy in the colon leads to increased release of a hormone primarily associated with appetite control and insulin secretion, GLP-1. Importantly, they also showed that the released GLP-1 regulates how quickly food passes through the small intestine. These findings may open up new possibilities to treat malnutrition and malnutrition-related diseases. Food transit through the small intestine is a complex balancing act, in...
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How Wellness Initiatives Can Improve Your Corporate Environment

Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that 90% of employers offered some sort of wellness incentive. Though the actual pay-offs of these plans and programs remains somewhat disputed, there are still some considerable benefits when it comes to revamping the corporate environment. Here are some great ways to create a more positive company culture through a health and wellness program. 1. Make a Social Goal The most effective wellness initiatives happen when the leadership engages as well. This is a great way to support by example and encourage employees to get totally on board. It is perhaps more effective than simply throwing out incentives, although that is also a useful tool. Leading with the higher-ups demonstrates that the whole company is going to act as a social unit towards a goal of improved health and wellness. 2. Shoot for Happiness and Health It is not enough to focus on weight...
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'Poop Pills' May Halt Gut Infections

Bacteria extracted from human poop are the main ingredients of a new pill that may help treat patients who have difficult-to-cure intestinal infections, according to a new study from Canada. The study involved 32 patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that causessevere diarrhea and can be life-threatening. The infection can occur after people take antibiotics, which often wipe out "good" bacteria and leave the door open for harmful bacteria like C. difficile to flourish in the gut. Some patients, like those in the study, become trapped in a cycle of antibiotic treatment and recurrent C. difficile infection,said study researcher Dr. Thomas Louie, professor of medicine at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Study participants had suffered at least four bouts of C. difficile prior to the study. But after taking the pills — which repopulate the gut with "good" bacteria — nearly all participants were free of C. difficile infection, and have not had another infection since then,...
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Crohns: RedHill Biopharma's RHB-104 Achieves 80% Remission in Independent Pediatric Crohn's Study

  TEL-AVIV, Israel, Oct 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- -- The retrospective study, presented at the 2013 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting, demonstrated strong results with a high remission rate of 80%   -- RedHill's RHB-104 is a new and improved proprietary single-pill formulation of the combination of active ingredients used in the retrospective pediatric study         -- The independent, single-site, retrospective pediatric study was conducted in Australia by Prof. Thomas Borody, MD, a member of RedHill's Advisory Board, a renowned researcher in gastrointestinal diseases and the developer of RHB-104   -- RedHill has recently initiated a Phase III study in the U.S. with RHB-104 for the treatment of Crohn's disease in adult patients and plans to initiate a second Phase III in Europe by mid-2014     RedHill Biopharma Ltd. RDHL +2.00% (tase:RDHL) (the "Company" or "RedHill"), an emerging Israeli biopharmaceutical company focused primarily...
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Fecal transplant pill may stop recurrent C. difficile infection

Taking pills containing a concentration of fecal bacteria may knock out recurrent bouts of Clostridium difficile infection by rebalancing gut bacteria, according to a study presented on Friday at IDWeek 2013. Fecal transplantation uses the feces from healthy donors to treat patients with an imbalance of bacteria in their gastrointestinal system, such as in patients infected with C. difficile. According to published reports, fecal transplantation is effective in nine out of 10 patients. The treatment is typically delivered by enema, colonoscopy or nose tube. The new research suggests a less-invasive pill approach could be an effective and viable delivery method. “Recurrent C. diff infection is such a miserable experience and patients are so distraught that many ask for fecal transplantation because they’ve heard of its success,” Thomas Louie, the lead author of the study, said. “Many people might find the idea of fecal transplantation off-putting, but those with recurrent infection are thankful to have a...
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Superfruits: Fighting Everything from Alzheimer's to Age Spots

Superfruits: Fighting Everything from Alzheimer's to Age Spots
  Since when did a strawberry become a superhero? Well fruit just might be the star of the next comic book and the backer of your health care plan as more and more people are beginning to realize the benefits of taking advantage of the super heroes in their own refrigerator.    Some of these Superfoods, including a number of so called Superfruits, are bursting with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And what do these do that make them so super? Nutritionists believe that these could be the keys to helping you live longer, look younger and avoid diseases.    Antioxidants Antioxidants, for all the hype, few people may actually know what they do. Antioxidants are molecules that stop the transfer of electrons or hydrogen. This helps to inhibit free radicals which are often to blame for chain reactions in cells that can cause damage or death to the cell,...
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Articles linking Instestinal Bacterial Flora & Fauna to all sorts of illnesses..

The Xenex system at work. Because of risk to people, the camera was left inside.
I've been keep a note of articles I read relating to intestinal bacterial Flora & Fauna and thought i'd share some of the links with you all:    Clostridium Difficile- Treatment and Trials with FT: Duodenal Infusion of Donor Feces for Recurrent Clostridium difficile (January 2013)  http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1205037    Hope floats: Fecal transplants cure >90% of recurrent C. difficile http://pulmccm.org/2013/randomized-controlled-trials/hope-floats-fecal-milkshakes-cure-recurrent-c-difficile-rct-nejm/  U.S. Company uses feces to treat infection (June 2013) http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/print-edition/2012/06/29/startup-fecal-matter-treat-infection.html?page=all  Medical team uses fecal transplants to cure tough GI infections (May 2013)  http://www.leadertelegram.com/features/health/article_a259ee58-cd99-571e-b08d-4fafda3b8432.html  FMT Clinical Study Results - New England Journal of Medicine (January 16, 2013) Duodenal Infusion of Donor Feces for Recurrent Clostridium difficile http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1205037    Fecal Transplant Beats Vancomycin For C. difficile (March 2013) http://www.idse.net/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Bacterial+Infections+/+MRSA&d_id=211&i=March+2013&i_id=941&a_id=22831    Colitis- Treatment and Trials with FT: Children with ulcerative colitis benefited from fecal transplants (May 2013)  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23272525/  Microscopic colitis and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth--diagnosis behind the irritable bowel syndrome? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23272525/   A Spectrum...
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    I'm just reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It's a real eye opener about the food industry in the States....it's very scary how much
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    All agreed. So how do we feel about GM foods which insert pesticides into the food..?
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Check out the poor cow!! (in this video explaining Fecal Transplants)

http://www.voanews.com/content/fecal-transplants-used-to-cure-intestinal-disorders/1723974.html
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Where Do You Turn With Spine Issues?

Where Do You Turn With Spine Issues?
  As anyone who has ever had spine problems can tell you, it is one of the least favorite medical problems to have. Issues with the back, neck and spine can be some of the most painful moments in one’s life. What may not be painful for one individual can be excruciatingly painful for another. The bottom line, not everyone handles pain the same way, hence it is important whenever you first begin suffering from any such areas of pain to seek medical assistance.  So just what can be the causes of some of the worst spinal pain that one can endure?  Although spinal diseases can certainly be the culprit, many people oftentimes end up with spinal discomfort due to their own actions. Being overweight, not sitting properly during the day or sleeping at night, even improperly exercising can be harbingers of bad things to come.  Whether you end up...
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Recovering From Teenage Acne

Recovering From Teenage Acne
  While most teenagers experience acne after reaching puberty, some acne cases are worse than over. There are a number of different types of teenage acne, and it can be caused by a variety of different factors. It can be difficult to successfully treat, and in the process, it can cause severe self-esteem and body image issues for the sufferer, as well as potentially leaving lasting scars. In order to recover from teenage acne, you need to treat the source as well as the effects. Acne Treatment First things first, consult with your doctor and get a referral to a skin specialist if your acne is still active. There are a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications and cleansers that can be used to treat the many different forms of acne. What works for one person many not work for someone else. Be diligent in your efforts, don’t give up...
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Healthy Reasons to Sleep Au Natural

Healthy Reasons to Sleep Au Natural
Did you know that sleeping naked is actually good for your health? That's right, it's time to take off those clothes and slip into your bed in your birthday suit! Here's why: Slows Aging -- At night, your body produces the hormone melatonin to help you sleep. As you are sleeping, the Human Growth Hormone responsible for cellular growth is produced. Both of these hormones are responsible for preventing aging, but are only produced as you sleep deeply. If you are too hot -thanks to those pajamas - you'll have a hard time sleeping, meaning less of the anti-aging hormones are produced.  Better Sleep -- Did you know that your insomnia may be caused by your body's inability to regulate your body temperature at night? Those with a lower skin temperature are able to sleep better, so take off those clothes and let your body cool off for a better...
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    You are clearly a bit more than obsessed with this topic. All of your so-called reasons rest on the argument that one will be "too
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Why You Shouldn't Wait to Have Children

Why You Shouldn't Wait to Have Children
  Recent studies and news indicate that women after age thirty five have more difficulty conceiving children. Once they start to grow older their eggs and overall fertility weakens. They are more likely to have a miscarriage.  A growing number of women won’t be able to conceive on their own. Woman will need help from other medical treatments and fertility assistance to increase the probability of pregnancy.   Women tend to wait until their mid to late thirties to have children. They want to establish their careers and financial stability. They leave little room for children until the time is attractive. Choosing the Right Time Women may want to focus on establishing their careers first before having children, but they shouldn’t wait too long. Male and females are having more trouble with fertility.  When is the right time to have a child? There is no right or wrong time for children....
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Bacterial molecules may prevent inflammatory bowel disease

  July 9, 2013 Common molecules made by bacteria in the gut may act as chill pills for the immune system. Molecules secreted by intestinal bacteria work to prevent misplaced immune attacks in inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis, a new study finds. “It is a huge advance,” says Sarkis Mazmanian of Caltech. “This opens up the notion that a very easy and potentially very safe therapy for inflammatory bowel disease could exist.” Decades of research have hinted that microbes play a role in immune-related diseases such as obesity, allergy, inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. But scientists have had difficulty pinpointing direct links between the bacteria in the gut and the army of immune cells that live there.   Some researchers have focused on individual microbial species among the gut’s teeming hordes to see how they affect the immune system. But Wendy Garrett’s team at Harvard University decided to look instead...
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Five Tips for Eating Healthy

Five Tips for Eating Healthy
No matter how far I run, fruit smoothies I drink, or fast food restaurants I avoid, the struggle to fight daily food cravings and splurge like an emotional eater haunts me. At least once a week I have to stop myself from sitting down to watch a movie with a gallon of chocolate chip cookie dough. Exercise is half the battle of staying healthy. When coupled with eating right, we have the chance to transform our lives. I'm not a crazy "cut everything bad out of my diet" person in my nutritional approach. I believe in the simple and balanced habits that promote a healthy life overall. Denying the strawberry cake craving will drive a person mad. Learn to indulge in a healthy way.  Here are five tips that helped me eat healthier. 1. Stay Hydrated Instead of feasting on carbs and questionable snacks, drink water! Water hydrates you, gives...
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FDA Fast Tracks Fecal Transplant Product Intended to Treat Clostridium Difficile Infections

  Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly announced it would be backing off a previous proposal to require fecal microbiota transplants to be conducted under either an approved biologics license application (BLA) or investigational new drug (IND) application. Now, however, it has announced the approval of fast track designation for an investigational product sponsored by Minnesota-based Rebiotix, potentially one of the first – if not the first – products to seek formal approval as an FMT product. Background An FMT is a transplant of carefully-selected bacteria found in ones' colon to another person to fight Clostridium Diffiicile (C. Diff), a notoriously hardy strain of bacteria that kills an estimated 14,000 people each year. Various published research has identified the FMT procedure as being one that can fight off C. diff infections by introducing so-called "good bacteria" back into a person's body. The idea is to overload the gastrointestinal tract...
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Regulatory Approach for Fecal Transplant Product Finalized in Abrupt Guidance Document

  Posted: 17 July 2013  After deciding in June 2013 to begin fast-tracking fecal transplant procedures by scrapping an earlier requirement that would have mandated an approved Investigational New Drug (IND) application, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had just released a new guidance document clarifying the enforcement approach it informally announced in June. Background Fecal transplants are a relatively new innovation involving the transfer of either fecal matter or the bacteria found within fecal matter from a healthy patient to a sick one. Various published research has identified the procedure as being one that can fight off Clostridium difficile infections by introducing so-called "good bacteria" back into a person's body. The idea is to overload the gastrointestinal tract with enough of the good bacteria to overwhelm the C. diff, thereby ending the infection. One device, known affectionately as either the "RoboGut" or the "RePoopulation Station," is essentially a small manufacturing facility...
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RePOOPulate: How Fake Poop Can Cure Patients’ Stomach Ailments

How Fake Poop Can Cure Patients’ Stomach Ailments     RePOOPulate: How Fake Poop Can Cure Patients’ Stomach Ailments Using something called a "robo-gut," scientists have made ersatz fecal matter to help fix stomach ailments. It’s not the most glamorous invention, but if it works…    Fake poop: It’s not just something that elementary school kids love to play with. It can also keep people healthy. Emma Allen-Vercoe, a microbiologist at the University of Guelph in Ontario, revealed in early January that her synthetic poop, dubbed rePOOPulate, can cure gastrointestinal infections caused by a bacterium called Clostridium difficile (CDI) that can trigger severe diarrhea. Usually antibiotics can wipe out CDI, but in particularly bad cases, they don’t work. Allen-Vercoe’s artificial stool study, published in a new peer-reviewed journal called Microbiome, comes after years of the microbiologist’s work on a “robo-gut," a glass and stainless steel system that mimics the large...
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Fecal microbial transplantation found to be possible treatment

  The phase I clinical trial of the procedure was conducted by members of the Pediatric Specialty Department of the Spectrum Health Medical Group at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, the first in the country to study FMT in children. FMT is a process that involves infusion of human stool from a healthy donor into the intestine of the patient in an attempt to restore healthy microbial flora in the intestines of the patient. When used to treat a disease, human stool constitutes a drug and a biologic. Therefore, an investigational new drug approval was obtained from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to utilize FMT for treating ulcerative colitis in this trial. The study results have been published online by the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition and will be featured in the June print edition. "FMT has been proposed as a promising new treatment option for recurrent...
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Poor Results Achieved With Fecal Transplantation for Ulcerative Colitis

  Only one of five patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC) who were treated with fecal transplantation (FT) experienced clinical and endoscopic improvements following the procedure, according to an abstract presented at the 2012 United European Gastroenterology Week (abstract P374). Lead investigator Walter Reinisch, MD, associate professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, conducted the procedure in two women and three men with moderate to severe UC who were resistant to previous other treatments. All participants were undergoing immunosuppressant therapy before FT and discontinued treatment before transplantation. All patients received antibiotics and probiotics for five to 10 days before the procedure and underwent a single bowel lavage immediately before transplantation. Healthy adult fecal donors were screened for enteric pathogens and viral diseases. Dr. Reinisch simultaneously administered a saline-diluted fecal solution via a nasojejunal tube (median 23.8 g) and an enema...
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Why some people get spots and others don't: Scientists discover the 'bad' bacteria that gives us blemishes

Even celebrities cannot escape the acne-causing bacteria: Cameron Diaz succumbs to an outbreak of spots
  Everyone's skin carries acne-causing bacteria, of which there are 'good' and 'bad' strains Having too much 'bad' bacteria is what causes acne Findings could pave the way for new treatments     Even celebrities cannot escape the acne-causing bacteria: Cameron Diaz succumbs to an outbreak of spots     But the days of spots may now be numbered after scientists discovered why some people are more prone to them than others.    The researchers, from UCLA, have discovered more about the bacteria that live on the skin and cause acne.   They have found that this bacteria contains ‘bad’ strains which cause pimples and ‘good’ ones that may protect the skin.   Having too much 'bad' bacteria is what causes spots, they say.   This is rather like an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut causing digestive issues.  It is not yet clear why some people have...
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