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Role of the microbiota in gut-brain communication

This article describes the two-way circuit linking the intestine to the brain: bacteria or their metabolites communicate with the brain via the gut-extrinsic sympathetic nervous system, while the brain in turn influences gut physiology.   Connections between gut and brain control gut’s ti...
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Fewer antibiotics, less dysbiosis, less childhood asthma

The decline in childhood asthma observed in recent years is thought to be an unexpected positive effect of the decrease in antibiotic prescription among infants. One possible explanation is a reduction of gut dysbiosis.   Childhood asthma affects 8% of young Americans and Canadians. Its p...
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Could the gut microbiota be a tuberculosis signature?

While tuberculosis-associated disruptions of the gut microbiota have already been described, a study went even further in the characterization of this dysbiosis and identified some species that signal this disease.   The ability of the gut microbiota to remotely communicate with organs su...
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