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Whales may owe their efficient digestion to millions of tiny microbes

December 13, 2019

A study by NSF-funded researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows that the microbial communities inside whales may play an important…
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Humans More Unique than Expected When It Comes to Digesting Fatty Meals

September 13, 2019

People have very individualized inflammatory responses to eating a high-fat meal. These were the somewhat unexpected results of…
Research redefines constipation

July 3, 2019

New research by King’s, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, finds that the public’s perception of constipation…
Why a single cup of coffee is enough to make you go to the bathroom?

March 30, 2019

You know this situation. You finish your morning coffee, brush your teeth and get ready to leave, but…
Fasting-mimicking diet holds promise for people with digestive problem

March 7, 2019

What if a special diet could reduce inflammation and repair your gut? USC researchers provided evidence that a…
How the Food We Eat Affects Biochemical Signals in the Gut

June 8, 2018

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – For years, researchers have studied how the body’s microbiome impacts virtually every aspect of…
Woodrats can’t stomach favorite foods at high temps

June 29, 2017

You’d think desert woodrats already had a lot of adversity. Besides the constant threat of coyotes and other…
Research Says H. Pylori Needs Much Closer Attention

June 8, 2017

It was long thought that gastric ulcers and other digestive woes were brought about by stress. But in…
Bellies of herbivores are larger, but not in the case of dinosaurs

November 9, 2016

Eliminating meat from your diet should make you slimmer, since nowadays meat is being prepared with an extensive…
E. coli: The ideal transport for next-gen vaccines?

July 4, 2016

Most people recoil at the thought of ingesting E. coli. But what if the headline-grabbing bacteria could be…
Food’s transit time is a key factor in digestive health

June 29, 2016

The time it takes for ingested food to travel through the human gut – also called transit time…
Ingestible origami robot

May 14, 2016

In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield,…
How stick insects handle indigestive food

March 11, 2016

Plant cell walls are comprised of many complex polymers that require multiple different enzymes to fully break down,…
Biotron puts any environment on Earth in researchers’ reach

December 28, 2015

One of the most flexible and unique research facilities in North America is sitting in plain sight, but…
Why kangaroos produce less methane than cows?

November 13, 2015

Regulating greenhouse gas emissions is one of the key tasks for humanity for 21st century. However, some of…
Scientists find surprising evolutionary link between stomach acids and diet

July 31, 2015

Although we have been taught in schools that our stomachs have certain acids to help us digest our…
Researchers develop basic computing elements for bacteria

July 10, 2015

The “friendly” bacteria inside our digestive systems are being given an upgrade, which may one day allow them…
Genetic study supports link between carbohydrate digestion and obesity

April 1, 2014

New research indicates that obesity in the general population may be genetically linked to how our bodies digest…
Cannibal Tadpoles Key to Understanding Digestive Evolution

May 13, 2013

A carnivorous, cannibalistic tadpole may play a role in understanding the evolution and development of digestive organs, according…
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