6 09, 2019

If sports performance depended on an intestinal bacterium?

2019-09-06T12:55:44+02:0006 September 2019|That's your concern, The Science|Comments Off on If sports performance depended on an intestinal bacterium?

The holidays are over and it is time to go back to school or work. It is also time for good resolutions! And that can go through the resumption of physical activity. But, as you can imagine, we are not all equal: some are good, some are not...  Physical performance would be due to a bacterium And if the physical abilities were due to the microbiota composition? This is what are reported the team of Joslin Diabetes researchers after analyzing Boston runners in 2015. Scientists recovered fecal samples from athletes over a 2-week period: from one week before until one week [...]

9 08, 2019

Book – « Follow your gut »

2019-08-09T09:33:12+02:0009 August 2019|That's your concern, The Science|Comments Off on Book – « Follow your gut »

(Freepik) Rob Knight, a researcher from University of California. He is a recognized scientist in the field of gut microbiota.  He has written the book named “Follow your gut” in collaboration with the journalist Brendan Buhler. This book is based on his TED talk (2014) “How our microbes make us who we are”. It gives a general vision of the gut microbiota and current knowledge on it. The author-researcher begins his book on a basic concept. He explains to us that the human being is not alone in his body. Indeed, it lives in symbiosis with innumerable microorganisms having [...]

12 07, 2019

Can the ocean modify our microbiota?

2019-08-09T10:48:16+02:0012 July 2019|Skin, That's your concern, The Science|Comments Off on Can the ocean modify our microbiota?

Summer is finally here! You spend your free time enjoying the sun and maybe even going to the beach. But do you know that swimming in the ocean can alter the skin microbiota? And in addition, can increase the infection risk? A team of researchers presented clinical results suggesting some interactions between our skin and the ocean at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. This clinical trial was motivated by previous studies showing a correlation between swimming at sea, water quality and the infection risk. Indeed, microbiota changes can cause skin, gastrointestinal, or ENT infections including respiratory or [...]

19 06, 2019

Titanium dioxide, enemy of the intestinal microbiota?

2019-08-09T10:45:58+02:0019 June 2019|That's your concern, The Science|Comments Off on Titanium dioxide, enemy of the intestinal microbiota?

Titanium dioxide TiO2 or E171, is a nanoparticulate additive found in certain foodstuffs, including food supplements, as white opacifying and colour. This additive is present in chewing gums, sweets, industrial pastries, toothpastes, sunscreens, caps… Titanium dioxide is currently a very controversial ingredient. Its use should be banned in France by January 1st 2020. Indeed, it would present a risk for the consumer safety. One of the consequences of its ingestion would be an alteration of the intestinal microbiota. E171 has a deleterious effect on the bacterial activity and the intestinal ecosystem balance (dysbiosis), potentially favoring inflammatory diseases or colorectal cancer in [...]

19 04, 2019

Probiotics, true allies of intimate comfort

2019-08-09T11:00:52+02:0019 April 2019|That's your concern, Women|Comments Off on Probiotics, true allies of intimate comfort

A balanced vaginal microbiota is a crucial component of women’s health warranting particular attention in order to limit infections causing uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, irritation, etc… What is the vaginal microbiota? Discovered by German gynaecologist Albert Döderlein, the vaginal microbiota is dominated by lactic bacteria called Lactobacilli (95%). But it also contains numerous other microorganisms present in lower quantities. Lactobacilli guarantee a healthy, balanced vaginal flora. They form a genuine defence system against infections, via the formation of a protective biofilm on the vaginal mucosa, preventing the proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms. To achieve this, they employ several mechanisms: Stimulation of immune system.
 Competition with other microorganisms for nutrients and adhesion sites on the vaginal epithelium.
 Maintenance [...]

5 04, 2019

BOOK – “The Mind-Gut Connection”

2019-08-09T11:12:25+02:0005 April 2019|Brain-Gut, That's your concern, The Science|Comments Off on BOOK – “The Mind-Gut Connection”

In his latest book, "The Mind-Gut Connection," Emeran Mayer MD, a gastroenterologist and professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), denounces the traditional mechanistic and martial approach to treating the disease, which consists of repair the damaged part without looking at the body as a whole and without knowing its origin. Already at the medical school, Emeran Mayer was not convinced by this traditional approach of medicine and it was during his third year he wanted to study how the brain interacts with the body in the hope of better understanding some diseases especially chronic diseases whose functioning [...]

28 12, 2018

BOOK – L’intestin, notre deuxième cerveau : tout savoir de cet organe complexe et de son rôle clé pour la santé

2019-08-12T10:41:23+02:0028 December 2018|Brain-Gut, That's your concern|Comments Off on BOOK – L’intestin, notre deuxième cerveau : tout savoir de cet organe complexe et de son rôle clé pour la santé

Professor Francisca Joly Gomez is a professor of nutrition, nutritionist and gastroenterologist. In her book “L’intestin, notre deuxième cerveau”, she details the roles of the different parts of the digestive system and also the close connection between the intestine, the brain and other organs. She explains to us the primary function of our gut in the food metabolism to ensure the proper functioning of our body. Supported by scientific arguments, she also discusses about: the impact of various deficiencies on our body, certain digestives pathologies such as Crohn’s diseases, irritable bowel syndrome…, extra-digestive diseases such as asthma and Parkinson’s disease. To [...]

30 11, 2018

Bacteria in the brain

2019-08-12T10:43:12+02:0030 November 2018|Brain-Gut, That's your concern, The Science|Comments Off on Bacteria in the brain

It is well known that bacteria constituting the intestinal microbiota interact with the brain and can influence our mood. However, scientists thought that the brain was sterile, i.e. without any bacterium thanks to the blood brain barrier considered as a filter. But it would seem that a cerebral microbiota exists. This has been suggested by a laboratory from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, at the Society for Neuroscience congress. The researchers studied 34 brains of dead people with schizophrenia or in good health to get these preliminary results. No brain showed inflammation signs. They observed rod shapes by microscopy in each [...]