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Herbsprout is a webblog and podcast dedicated to sharing the health benefits of herbs, food, innovations related to our gut microbiome. Herbsprout seeks to bridge the vast chasm dividing the mainstream medical community, alternative medicine, and Asian medicine, especially of China (TCM), India (Ayurveda), and Japan (eJim & Kampo).

guts of carnivorous female versus male minks vary widely

A January 11 2022 article in says dramatic differences in the gut microbiome of female and male American minks.

According to Erin McKenney, co-author of the study and an assistant professor of applied ecology at North Carolina State University, the guts of carnivores are much more short and simple than the guts of omnivores and herbivores, yet gender differences are still significant. Researchers say this will help understanding and develop future study design of animal gut microbiome.

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Enhaler for COPD patients makes them more susceptible to Pneumonia

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Fluticasone-based inhaled corticosteroid treatment substantially changed airway microbiome diversity in patients with COPD, according to new data published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

“Inhaled corticosteroids . . . can change the microbial communities of airways of COPD patients, rendering them more susceptible for pneumonia,” Don D. Sin, MD, director and De Lazzari Family Chair at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, Canada Research Chair in COPD and professor of respiratory medicine, department of medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, is quoted saying in Healio.

The study results according to the Healio report related to “reduced abundances of Pasteurellas, Pasteurellaceae and Haemophilus.” It also suggests that further studies are needed to determine “which bacterial organisms are responsible for keeping the microbiome airway healthy”.

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Scientists at Ferring develop biomarker to measure gut bacteria impacted by antibiotic treatments

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According to a December 07 2022 article, Ferring Company developed a first-of-its-kind prototype biomarker algorithm that measures the positive and negative impact on our gut microbiome of using antibiotics.

The Ferring MHI-A algorithm differentiates post-antibiotic dysbiosis from healthy microbiota in the gut associated with healthy Bacteroidia and Clostridia, versus potentially harmful species such as Gammaproteobacteria and Bacilli.

Researchers at Ferring say MHI-A is a useful for rank-ordering the microbiota-disrupting effects of antibiotics and a measure of microbiota restoration. Ken Blount, Chief Scientific Officer, Rebiotix, Vice President Microbiome Research, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, is quoted by Business Wire as saying, “This biomarker provides a concise metric for assessing the complex changes in the microbiome of trial participants pre- to post-treatment.”

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