'Gut Feelings': Medicine, Gender and Health


"BBC News reported today that gut flora - the trillions of bacteria that live in our digestive system - may ‘boost’ cancer therapy. Scientists in France and the USA tested the microbiome in cancer patients, finding evidence that a diverse biome, composed of a wide range of 'good' bacteria, contributed to the effectiveness of immunotherapy drugs.

This report is part of a more widespread recognition that the biome affects our physical and mental health. Other, recent stories reveal that gut bacteria can stop asthma and provide a weapon against obesity. Gut bacteria might, further, influence mental health conditions like anxiety, as well as the trajectory of debilitating diseases like Alzheimer’s." 


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