12 07, 2019

Can the ocean modify our microbiota?

2019-07-10T15:37:34+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?

2019-06-19T09:26:59+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

2019-04-19T09:58:57+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.
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5 04, 2019

BOOK – “The Mind-Gut Connection”

2019-04-04T14:51:57+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

2018-12-21T10:21:55+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

2018-11-29T09:46:40+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 [...]

16 11, 2018

Probiotics: at the heart of clinical trials on cardiovascular diseases

2018-11-16T11:55:49+02:0016 November 2018|That's your concern, The Science|Comments Off on Probiotics: at the heart of clinical trials on cardiovascular diseases

We know that probiotics have many virtues. Mainly known for their effects on immunity and digestion, probiotics are also able to act on cholesterol level and as a result, the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to WHO (World Health Organization), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in developed countries. There is a part of heredity in their occurence, but it is above all an unhealthy lifestyle that is primarily responsible (i.e. lack of physical activity, poor diet, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption). The heart, this indispensable organ The heart is a vital organ that must be cared for! This [...]

19 10, 2018

BOOK – « MISSING MICROBES: How the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues »

2018-10-19T11:20:24+02:0019 October 2018|That's your concern, The Science|Comments Off on BOOK – « MISSING MICROBES: How the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues »

The author of “Missing microbes: How the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues”, Martin Blaser, is a medical researcher who has spent most of his career studying the benefits of bacteria. What made him known? His participation in the work highlighting the involvement of Helicobacter pylori in stomach ulcers. He realized later that people with gastric reflux and allergic reactions didn’t have this bacterium. Helicobacter pylori, known as a pathogen bacterium, could actually have positive effects on health. Following this result, he then extended his work to the benefits of bacteria. In his committed book, the author presents some [...]

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