Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The science of microbiomics

A very short post to plug... well, to plug me really, and my very, very small contribution to an article featuring in the Pharmaceutical Journal titled: Microbiomics: its growing significance in the world of medicines testing. The article is only open-access for a short period of time, so if you happen to have stumbled across this post years and years into the future (today is Tuesday 26th February 2013 according to my flux-capacitated DeLorean) sorry.

But just so you don't feel to left out, a few article highlights: yoghurt and C.diff infection, the human microbiome project (HMP), gut bacteria and immune function, dysbiosis, the microbiota-gut-brain axis, fecal transplants (yuck factor 10) and pharmacometabonomics.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Gluten, guts and glory

Yep, I know. First post for several months - indeed first post for 2013 - and more apologies to readers about not keeping up with this blog. A short post on this occasion focused on an interesting opinion piece by Moises Velasquez-Manoff titled: Who has the guts for gluten?

I'll admit to being pretty entertained by the work of Velasquez-Manoff given his previous articles crossing over into topics like autism spectrum disorders (see here and also covered here). This latest piece is equally thought-provoking and alongside the opinions of people like Alessio Fasano, he of the [General] zonulin (see here), asks some potentially important questions about our relationship with gluten.

One quote in particular caught my attention from Dr Fasano: “Keep the lactobacilli high enough in the guts of these kids, and you prevent autoimmunity.” following some observations based on the onset of type 1 diabetes and coeliac (celiac) disease.

I'm intrigued and am waiting for that confirmatory peer-reviewed evidence.