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Pregnancy and weight gain: the role of the intestinal microbiota

A Finnish study provides new information regarding the role of intestinal microbiota during pregnancy and its involvement in increased body mass in pregnant women.   Pregnancy is a period of great hormonal, metabolic and immunological upheaval. The intestinal microbiota is no exception: i...
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Sex-dependent effects of nicotine on the microbiota and the brain

The effects of nicotine on the intestinal microbiota, bacterial metabolism and the gut-brain axis are thought to be sex-specific, according to American researchers.   For the first time, a study has explored the sex-specific impact of nicotine on the microbiota and neuroactive chemical si...
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Inherited excess weight: intestinal microbiota and mode of delivery act in concert

A mother can transmit her excess weight to her child. Canadian researchers describe how the mode of delivery and certain modifications of the child’s intestinal microbiota could act together in this weight transfer.   Children born to a mother who is herself overweight or obese (OWOB) bef...
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