Pain in the gut: Microbe betrays neighbors to trigger IBD

A colon-dwelling bacterium may trigger inflammatory bowel diseases by raising the immune system’s alarm against its peaceful bacterial community, reports a recent study led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In the absence of its bacterial neighbors, the offending Helicobacter bilis bacterium caused only mild gut inflammation in mice, the research team reported. But adding a community of just eight other bacterial species into the mix — a typical human gut contains several hundred — was enough to stir up a more severe inflammatory response.

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Agriculture 2.0? New center aims to connect crop production with health outcomes

Jeff Raikes was unapologetic as he shot down pitch after pitch from University of Nebraska scientists aiming to connect research being done on microorganisms in the digestive tract to the broader world.

What the Ashland native and former Microsoft executive sought was an idea he calls “Agriculture 2.0,” connecting Nebraska’s largest economic engine with improving health outcomes in billions of people around the world.

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The lowdown on fermented foods

Fermented foods "have phenomenal benefits in your overall Sauerkrautwellness," gushes Dr. Mercola. "7 must-eat fermented foods for a healthy gut," promises EatingWell online.

Humans have enjoyed fermented foods—from wine, beer, and vinegar to pickles, olives, yogurt, and cheese—for millennia. Before refrigeration, people used fermenting to preserve foods. But can fermented foods make you healthier? Here's a look at the evidence.

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Food for Health Center to study promising pharmaceutical

The recently formed Nebraska Food for Health Center at the University of Nebraska will collaborate with a pharmaceutical company to study how the trillions of microorganisms colonizing the human gut could offset the onset of metabolism-related disease.

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Ritter Pharmaceuticals Announces Collaboration with University of Nebraska

LOS ANGELES, CA, Jan 23, 2017 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 23, 2017) - Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Ritter Pharmaceuticals" or the "Company"), a pharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutic products that modulate the human gut microbiome to treat gastrointestinal diseases, today announced that it is collaborating with the newly-established Food for Health Center at the University of Nebraska ("NU") to study the role of the microbiome and RP-G28 in metabolic syndrome.

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Core Concept: Prebiotics gain prominence but remain poorly defined

With the gut microbiome increasingly recognized as a major player in shaping human biology, probiotic treatments—introducing a few billion purportedly beneficial micro-organisms into human gut communities composed of trillions of microbes—are under intense investigation. Study designs and results have been a mixed bag, and the impact of probiotics remains unclear. Enter the probiotics' conceptual cousin, prebiotics.

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The Atlantic - A Probiotic That Actually Lasts

Imagine that you take some North American mice, breed them in captivity for many generations, and then release them in small numbers into a South American jungle. Smart money says that these house-trained creatures wouldn't last very long. And yet, this is effectively what we're doing whenever we buy and consume probiotics.

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