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Does the treatment of obesity and diabetes go through the intestine? 1

In this paper from Harvard, the group led by Ronald Kahn wondered why obesity and diabetes were associated with increased rates of anxiety and depression, suspecting intestinal function involvement.To understand the relationship between the gut microbiome and brain insulin resistance in these disorders, Kahn's study evaluated behaviors and insulin action in brain [...]

Eat healthy to fight depression

The link between mood and diet is well known but no study had formally demonstrated it. This is done now with SMILES, an Australian study conducted on 67 patients who were on anti-depressants or psychotherapy, with moderate to severe depression according to the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Scale.1 Over a 12 week period, [...]

GFNG 2017: A growing interest for the intestinal microbiota

Following the French Group of Neuro-Gastroenterology meeting which took place in Nantes on June 22nd and 23rd, I am pleased to see that researchers, clinicians and gastroenterologists have an increasing interest in the intestinal microbiota, whose mechanisms on gastrointestinal pathologies and other health problems are currently being assessed. GFNG main theme of [...]

Stroke: Modulation of a genetic predisposition by the microbiota

An international team of researchers led by Mark Kahn of the University of Pennsylvania has recently demonstrated the link between the intestinal flora and the formation of Cerebral Cavernous Malformations responsible for strokes and seizures. Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are vascular lesions of the central nervous system that affect about one in [...]

IBS and enzymes

Irritable bowel syndrome, what about the enzymes? Irritable bowel syndrome or functional colopathy affects 10% of the population and greatly impacts the quality of life of the patients suffering from it. An INSERM team studied the proteases*, the enzymes responsible for digesting proteins, whose activity is abnormally high in the intestinal tract [...]

HIV-AIDS and microbiota

Seropositivity and cognitive disorders, which links and which solutions?I highly recommend reading the article by Jeannie Wraight on, as it gives a good summary on a study focusing on the relationship among AIDS/HIV, the quality of the microbiota and probiotic supplementation.*A few months ago, I commented on the very encouraging preliminary [...]