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The impact of contraceptives on the microbiota? Hit and miss!

Do hormones in female contraceptives harm the microbiota? According to science, it all depends on the flora in question: the lactobacilli-dominated vaginal microbiota seems to be protected but the gut microbiota is slightly disturbed.  All women know that the hormonal fluctuations of the men...
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Gut microbiota not yet considered “adult” at five years old?

It was once thought that the gut microbiota reaches “adult” complexity at the age of 2 or 3. “Not so”, say the authors of a recent study1: at the age of 5, its composition is still different from that of adults, with certain microorganisms essential to health continuing to develop after this age. He...
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Is the gut microbiota a good indicator of longevity?

The older we get, the more unique our gut microbiota becomes. This uniqueness seems to predict healthy ageing and longer life expectancy among the elderly. All good reasons to pamper your microbiota! In ancient times, the haruspex1 read the future in the entrails of sacrificed animals. In the nea...
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