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Linda May-Zhang Linda May-Zhang

We have the proof: over the millennia, Western lifestyles have depleted certain strains of gut bacteria capable of protecting us from obesity and diabetes. Some people, however, still possess these tiny organisms in their intestines, which could help design future therapies.

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Artificial sweeteners appeal to a lot of people as a magic bullet for weight loss, but – as researchers have found – they can cause havoc in the gut, making us susceptible to illnesses and even craving for sweets.

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Mounting evidence points to a link between the make-up of the gut microbiome and multiple sclerosis (MS). Tweaking our bacterial mix can pave the way for new therapies.

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Microbes in our intestines not only help digest food and fight disease​ but can make us better runners too.

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