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The Gut Microbiome In Disease And Health

Wednesday 4 December 2019


From The McGill Tribune:


Gut microbiota
(Ruobing Chen / The McGill Tribune)

The gut microbiome in disease and health

Written by Miguel Principe
December 3, 2019
Copyright © 2019 The McGill Tribune.

There are thousands of different bacterial species living inside our intestines. This environment, called the gut microbiome, provides the body with key vitamins and ensures a healthy immune system. The composition of the gut microbiome is key: Dysbiosis, a condition that occurs when ‘bad’ bacteria take over the gut, is linked to a wide variety of diseases ranging from inflammatory bowel disease to autism spectrum disorder.

A group of researchers from McGill and the Université de Montréal found that dysbiosis is often correlated with fibromyalgia, a disease marked by chronic pain, constant fatigue, and gastrointestinal problems.

Their results were published in a paper in the journal Pain in November. Dr. Amir Minerbi, a pain physician-scientist at the Rambam Health Campus in Haifa, Israel, was one of the paper’s lead researchers.


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