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Intestinal Bacteria Boost Fat Absorption 091312
2012-09-13 14:40:46

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A group of researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Carnegie Institution for Science recently discovered that microbes in the intestine help the body increase the absorption of calories from food by extracting dietary fats. The results from the study on microbes in the digestive tract were recently published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. "This study is the first to demonstrate that...

2012-09-07 09:46:58

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a protein essential to repairing the intestine's inner lining. That lining is among the body's busiest highways, trod not only by the food we ingest but also by trillions of microorganisms that aid digestion. Because the intestine plays key roles in absorbing nutrients and containing the microbes, any damage must be fixed promptly. The researchers report Sept. 6 in Science Express that a protein called...

2012-06-21 21:03:28

Billions of bacteria within, essential for immune function, are ours alone Gut bacteria's key role in immunity is tuned to the host species, researchers have found, suggesting that the superabundant microbes lining our digestive tract evolved with us–a tantalizing clue in the mysterious recent spike in human autoimmune disorders. A new study reports that the superabundance of microbial life lining our GI tracts has coevolved with us. These internal bacteria, which are essential...

2012-06-13 15:01:55

When researchers at NIH and Celera published the first complete draft sequences of the human genome in 2001, many people assumed that the genetic foundation for a new and complete understanding of the human body and its functions had been achieved. As it turned out this was far from the complete story, since it turns out that our bodies are, well“¦ not completely human. In the culmination of a multi-year effort directed by NIH, the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) has...

2012-06-06 13:41:02

Microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract form an intricate, living fabric made up of some 500 to 1000 distinct bacterial species, (in addition to other microbes). Recently, researchers have begun to untangle the subtle role these diverse life forms play in maintaining health and regulating weight. In a new study appearing in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice, researcher Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown and her colleagues at the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at...

2012-04-26 23:00:02

Dr. Lamm, Enzymedica and The Natural, the online retailer of wellness products, have partnered in launching a content initiative, designed to bring unique, engaging health information to The Natural´s online customers. Long Island, NY (PRWEB) April 26, 2012 The Natural, a leading e-retailer and direct marketer of health and wellness products, launched a new content initiative via partnering with Dr. Lamm and Enzymedica. The Natural´s website, TheNaturalOnline.com, currently...

2012-03-26 18:42:51

Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have discovered a previously unknown mechanism which helps intestinal bacteria to affect the formation of blood vessels. The results, which are presented in Nature, may provide future treatments of intestinal diseases and obesity. There are ten times more bacteria in our intestines than cells in the human body. However, we know relatively little about how the normal gut microbiota functions and the resulting...

2012-03-23 23:02:17

Natural Ulcer Treatment; Kanwa Minerals Energy/Detox Formula works as a Gentle, Daily Natural Treatment for Stomach Pain, Ulcers and Poor Digestion- Now Available at Blaines Nutrition Health Food Store in Redondo Beach, California. Redondo Beach, CA (PRWEB) March 23, 2012 Zion Health announces the release of Kanwa Detox Natural Treatment for stomach pain, ulcers and poor digestion at Blaines Health Food Store located at 206 Avenue F in Redondo Beach, CA. Kanwa Detox Formula contains the...

2012-02-22 21:28:38

Functional foods containing bacteria with beneficial health effects, or probiotics, have long been consumed in Northern Europe and are becoming increasingly popular elsewhere. To be of benefit, however, the bacteria have to survive in the very hostile environment of the digestive tract. A group of scientists from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ã…s, Norway have developed a "model gastric system" for evaluating the survival of bacteria strains in the human digestive...


Latest Digestion Reference Libraries

Large Intestine
2013-04-30 14:11:04

The large intestine is the organ that follows the small intestine but is the last part of the digestive tract before the waste leaves the body. Formation and Orientation The small intestine is on average about five feet long. It is composed of four distinct structural parts; the cecum, colon, and anus. The cecum is the part of the large intestine that comes first. It is separated into three parts. The taeniae coli are three bands of smooth muscle. The haustra are bulges caused by...

Mouth
2013-03-05 14:37:32

The mouth is the beginning of the digestive system which takes in food and mixes it with saliva produced by glands located in the mouth. Formation and Orientation The first part of the mouth is the mouth cavity which contains the teeth and is limited by the lips, the roof, which is the hard and soft palate, and the floor of the mouth. This is the space where food is kept before it moves on to the esophagus. The orifice of the mouth is the line between the lower and upper lips and is...

Small Intestine
2013-03-04 15:13:09

The small intestine is the part of the digestive tract that follows the stomach and is followed by the large intestine. Formation and Orientation The small intestine is on average between 22 feet 6 inches and 24 feet 4 inches. It is composed of three distinct structural parts; the duodenum, the jejunum, and the ileum. The duodenum is the part of the intestine where most chemical breakdown happens; it is also the shortest part of the intestine. It starts at the duodenal bulb and stops...

Stomach
2013-03-04 14:34:35

The stomach is the hollow organ that helps along digestion after mastication (chewing). It is the next step after the esophagus and before the small intestines. Formation and Orientation The stomach is composed of four parts. The cardia is the first part of the stomach in the digestive tract. It is the part of the stomach that allows the food to empty from the esophagus. The most northern part of the stomach is the Fundus. This section is the part that creates the curved part of the...

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