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Half of the cells in your body aren't human — and a new study suggests that many critical to your health oscillate by the hour, day and even the season.
The human body contains about 40 trillion bacteria, viruses and fungi, creating a microbiome that roughly matches the number of human cells one-to-one, said researcher
People are often reminded that they are their own unique person — and a new study says that's particularly true of the digestive tract.
Dissections of a few dozen deceased individuals revealed striking differences in gastrointestinal anatomy, even among a small group of people.
Some livers were larger, some intestines and colons were longer. Crucial discrepancies were observed bet...
If you've ever thought you must absorb more calories from food than other people do, you might be onto something: A new study hints that some people's gut bacteria extract more energy, as in calories, from food — possibly contributing to weight gain.
The study, of 85 overweight adults, found that those with a particular gut bacteria profile — dubbed the "B-type" — had less energy de...
A small toilet-based sound sensor that can tell the difference between peeing, pooping and diarrhea may one day help prevent cholera outbreaks.
"The hope is that this sensor, which is small in footprint and noninvasive in approach, could be deployed to areas where cholera outbreaks are a persistent risk," said researcher
Banking samples of your own poop in your youth and then transplanting them back when you're old might be a key to healthy aging, scientists suggest.
Stool samples frozen and stored when a person is vital and healthy could potentially rejuvenate bacteria in the gut that's become damaged due to aging, disease or antibiotic use, according to an opinion piece published June 30 in the journal ...
A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer may feel like a death sentence because this fast-moving disease is often discovered at a later stage, when it's harder to treat.
Now, a new study offers hope for earlier diagnosis, finding an association between recent
German shepherds are one of the most noble dog breeds on the planet, but they can fall prey to an often deadly swallowing disorder.
Now, researchers report they have not only identified a gene variant that explains this susceptibility, but they have also designed a test to spot the disease --
When a woman's periods begin to slow down and finally stop, digestive problems often pick up -- and new research suggests race and ethnicity play a role.
With menopause, levels of estrogen decrease, while cortisol levels increase, triggering an adrenaline boost that changes digestive function. It can set off symptoms such as bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, indige...
Taking vitamin D supplements won't improve painful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), British researchers report.
IBS is a chronic digestive disorder that can cause stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. Symptoms come and go for some people, but the condition can severely affect quality of life for many.
Previous research has suggested a link between low vitam...
There isn't enough scientific evidence to support using probiotics to treat most digestive disorders, according to a new American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) guideline.
Probiotics are living, microscopic organisms found in foods or dietary supplements, according to the AGA. They include certain bacteria and yeasts.
An estimated 3.9 million American adults have take...
Diarrhea and other digestive symptoms are the main complaint in nearly half of coronavirus patients, Chinese researchers report.
Most patients with the coronavirus have respiratory symptoms, but these findings from the early stages of the outbreak show that digestive problems are prevalent in many patients with COVID-19.
"Clinicians must bear in mind that digestive symptoms,...
The so-called Mediterranean diet is already considered one of the healthiest for your heart, and now scientists say it may give your gut bacteria a boost, too.
The diet is typically high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil and fish, and low in red meat and saturated fats. The new study finds that older adults who eat a Mediterranean diet tend to have more types of gut bacte...
Heartburn. Millions of people suffer from it. But what exactly is it and, most important, could it actually be something serious?
Heartburn got its name from the burning sensation you get when acid that rises up from the stomach burns the esophagus, which is located behind the heart.
If you have persistent symptoms, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Ther...
Yogurt is a healthy food, and it may also be a cancer fighter, a new study suggests.
Men who had two or more servings of yogurt a week had a 26% lower risk of developing precancerous growths in their colon, a new study reports. Researchers didn't find the same cancer-fighting benefit for women, however.
"These data suggest that other characteristics of yogurt, such as i...
Extremely tiny bits of plastic: They're in your food and drink, and even in the air around you.
Now, new research calculates that the average American consumes more than 70,000 particles of these "microplastics" every year -- and even that's likely an underestimation, the scientists noted.
Your microplastic intake might be even higher if you choose products that have more pl...
The belly-brain connection is gaining traction in autism research. And a new study suggests gut bacteria may play a role in the disorder or some of its symptoms.
Although this research is in its infancy, it's hoped that someday scientists might tweak the gut bacteria to ease digestive symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
The latest step in this direction comes from Texas Ch...
Scientists say nearly 2,000 previously unknown types of bacteria in the human gut have been identified.
The human gut hosts many species of microbes, collectively referred to as the gut microbiota. Scientists are working to identify the individual species and understand the roles they play in human health.
While investigators are getting closer to completing a list of common...