Exposure To BPA During Pregnancy May Cause Health Problems For Offspring

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A chemical called bisphenol A — BPA — used in plastic packaging and in the linings of food and beverage cans, may be passed from a mother to her offspring during pregnancy and cause changes in the gut bacteria of the offspring, according to an international team of researchers. In a study on rabbits, the […]

The Current State Of Psychobiotics

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Now that we know that gut bacteria can speak to the brain — in ways that affect our mood, our appetite, and even our circadian rhythms — the next challenge for scientists is to control this communication. The science of psychobiotics, reviewed October 25 in Trends in Neurosciences, explores emerging strategies for planting brain-altering bacteria […]

Lead Exposure Changes Gut Microbiota, Increases Chance For Obesity

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Exposure to lead during early development can alter the the gut microbiota, increasing the chances for obesity in adulthood, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health have found. Adult male mice exposed to lead during gestation and lactation were 11 percent larger than those not exposed, due to differences in their gut […]

Vinegar Could Potentially Help Treat Ulcerative Colitis

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Vinegar is the perfect ingredient for making tangy sauces and dressings. Now, researchers report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry┬áthat the popular liquid could also help fight ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that research suggests is related to the gut microbiome. They found that vinegar suppressed inflammation-inducing proteins while improving the gut’s […]