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June 13, 2019
summer 2015

A Gut Feeling: Microbiome–Cancer Link

Recent studies have shown that assessing the genetic changes in fecal samples can accurately reflect the status of the gut microbiome, and may be useful for the early diagnosis of diseases.

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May 27, 2019
summer 2015

Essential Science: Is anxiety linked to our gut microbiome?

Microbiome research has advanced considerably since the first results from the U.S. National Institutes of Health led Human Microbiome Project were released. One area of interest is the connection between our microorganisms and anxiety symptoms.

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May 20, 2019
summer 2015

Coffee Consumption Alters Microbiome and Improves Gut Motility

Coffee alters our microbiomes? It seems independently of caffeine, coffee changes our microbes and increases gut motility. Cheers to new research!

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May 17, 2019
summer 2015

What Does the Microbiome Have to Do with Stress and Depression?

“The microbiome of babies whose mothers are depressed during pregnancy is depleted of many important bacteria that may have beneficial effects for the infant’s well-being.”

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April 23, 2019
summer 2015

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: Effective Treatment With Economic Benefits

Healthy donor feces is a life-saving therapy, and the treatment provides huge cost savings -- fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) saves at least $1.2 million each time 50 patients are treated for Clostridium difficile at a public hospital. These are the perspectives of the first observational study in the world to detail the process for the 50 patients who received FMY for Clostridium difficile colitis in 2014 and 2015 as an alternative to antibiotics.

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April 12, 2019
summer 2015

Can changing the microbiome reverse lactose intolerance?

After childhood, about two-thirds of the world’s human population loses the ability to digest milk. As far as we know, 100% of nonhuman mammals also lose this ability after weaning. The ongoing ability to digest lactose, the main sugar in milk, into adulthood is a biological abnormality.

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April 10, 2019
summer 2015

Radical Fecal Transplant Therapy in Kids Has Reduced Their Autism Severity by 47%

Transforming the microbial environment in the guts of children diagnosed with autism could significantly ease the severity of their condition's signature traits, according to newly published research.

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April 6, 2019
summer 2015

A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy

Types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi have increased significantly in the past few years. C. auris is a type of fungus that is turning out to be deadly in some patients. The CDC believes the fugus was born in Asia due to the insatiable use of fungicides on crops. Very few have acknowledged the C. auris outbreak, but it seems to be another "superbug" added to the ever-growing list.

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March 20, 2019
summer 2015

Untangling the microbiome - with statistics

Stanford News illustrates the intricacies of the gut microbiome. Bacterial communities are highly individual from person to person. Which explains why some therapies may work for some but not for others.

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March 19, 2019
summer 2015

Novel research links an aging gut microbiome with heart disease

The University of Colorado Boulder has found that as we age, the gut microbiota produces toxic molecules that we do not want! These can cause inflammation in our heart tissues. There is a relationship between our gut microbiota and our heart health, who would've known?

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March 13, 2019
summer 2015

Gut check on cancer

"What does a healthy microbiome have to do with cancer and recovery after treatment?" Dr. Alexander Khoruts and The University of Minnesota's Microbiota Therapeutics Program are spotlighted here; illustrating where the research is today and the life-changing potential for the future!

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March 7, 2019
summer 2015

The Gut Microbiome Helps Warm the Cockles of Your Core

The Chinese Academy of Sciences published new research saying that gut bacteria is associated with how well we maintain our body temperatures. Mice were shown to have difficulty staying warm when their gut microbiomes were limited by antibiotic usage. Is gut bacteria to blame if you always run cold?

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March 3, 2019
summer 2015

Drug Companies and Doctors Battle Over the Future of Fecal Transplants

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is hyper-regulating FMT therapies and still trying to categorize the therapy as a drug. "A Poop Drug Cartel" "...The interests of investors may be exceeding those of patients" - Dr. Alexander Khoruts. "The concern is that corporate greed will get in the way of patient access" - Catherine Duff of the Fecal Transplant Foundation pleads.

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February 18, 2019
summer 2015

Human gut microbiome’s link to depression

The scientists and collaborators at Argonne National Laboratory have 'successfully established a correlation between GABA-producing bacteria and depression'. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that slows down activity in our nervous systems. Looks like another potential link between emotional health and the microbiome!

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February 4, 2019
summer 2015

Gut Microbiome Research Is Advancing by Leaps and Bounds

Here's a great list on all the revolutionary research on our gut microbiomes and its connection to our health! Big data is compiling as we speak, uncovering even more implications for FMT!

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January 29, 2019
summer 2015

Congratulations Ashley Margarit! - 2018 Robert E. Wilkens Award Winner

Robert E. Wilkens was an active leader and dedicated advisor for Achieving Cures Together. Upon his passing last September, our organization, his friends, and his family were deeply saddened. Given his commitment to our mission, we felt compelled to honor him and created the Robert E. Wilkens award. Robert had a special intuition for spotting opportunities. He was very successful in his endeavors throughout life, and as a businessman, he had an unrivaled work ethic and a burning passion to learn. Most importantly however, Robert was a loving father and grandfather. He had a big heart for people and was determined and committed to progressing cures and alleviating suffering. He believed in Achieving Cures Together and was beyond generous with his time and treasure. Much of our early success can be attributed to his leadership and generosity. We will be forever grateful for his work as an advisor and supporter and we are humbled to present this award to exemplary members of our community. Grit and determination. Two words to describe Ashley Margarit as she crossed the finish line at the Twin Cities Marathon this past October. Not only did Ashley finish her first marathon on arguably one of the toughest race courses in the country, but she completed the marathon while battling a flare of Ulcerative Colitis. Her determination to finish the race and her commitment to Achieving Cures Together gives us the honor and privilege to recognize Ashley Margarit as the 1st recipient of the Robert E. Wilkens award. Congratulations Ashley, and thank you for your spirit of hard work and perseverance.

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January 28, 2019
summer 2015

Germs in Your Gut Are Talking to Your Brain. Scientists Want to Know What They’re Saying.

The body’s microbial community may influence the brain and behavior, perhaps even playing a role in dementia, autism and other disorders.

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January 18, 2019
summer 2015

What Is a Fecal Transplant, and Why Would I Want One?

"What is a Fecal Transplant, and Why Would I Want One?" If you have questions about the procedure, this New York Times article may give you some answers!

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January 15, 2019
summer 2015

Can a short duration of anaerobically prepared pooled FMT induce remission in ulcerative colitis?

What's the best way to prepare a fecal microbiota transplantation? In attempts to keep all gut bacteria alive, a clinical trial was done in ulcerative colitis patients, using FMT prepared without the bacteria touching oxygen. This anaerobic (without oxygen) preparation seemed to be more effective for UC patients, according to Samuel P. Costello.

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January 8, 2019
summer 2015

NSAID-Altered Microbiome Exacerbates C.diff Infections

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the most common hospital-acquired infection in the U.S., and has become a global public health issue. The infection can cause a range of gastrointestinal symptoms, which estimates suggest ultimately result in nearly 30,000 deaths every year in the U.S. alone. While the most significant risk factor for CDI is antibiotic treatment, studies in mice by a team at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine now provide new evidence that connects the use of common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) with increased severity of CDI. Their results also point to the molecular mechanisms that underpin this link.

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January 1, 2019
summer 2015

Recruiting Microbes to Fight Autoimmume Diseases

"Those bacteria are not there by chance..we have developed with them from the time we're born" - Joseph Murray, MD. So interesting to see a conversation about how microbes play a role in rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS) and celiac disease.

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December 31, 2018
summer 2015

The Most Effective Acne Medication We Have Actually Changes Your Skin's Microbiome

The medication Accutane changes the skin's microbiome by reducing bad bacteria that causes acne. And, altering specific areas of our gut microbiome has been beneficial to those with gut issues! Which begs the question, is there a relationship between our skin and gut bacterial profiles?

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December 3, 2018
summer 2015

Fecal Microbiota Transplant Documentary Coming 2019!

A new documentary film (due to be released early next year) looks at the effect of Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) for a number of diseases including C. diff which has been shown to have a cure rate of 90%! Despite these amazing results, many medical professionals are still unaware of this treatment and its efficacy. Throughout the film, director Saffron Cassaday, who herself has suffered from ulcerative colitis for nearly a decade, interviews several leading researchers and medical experts, including those who are working on different methods for delivering this life-saving treatment. Her investigation takes her down a path she did not expect to travel and enlightens her on the power “poop” has to affect our health, happiness and possibly even our physical appearance. The goal of the film is to raise awareness of this medical breakthrough and the importance of maintaining a healthy gut microbiome in hopes that lives can be saved and the escalation of Super Bugs and Chronic Diseases can be curtailed. Although the film will not be released for several months you can follow the filmmakers and access information about FMT from their website www.designershitdocumentary.com.

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December 3, 2018
summer 2015

Why You Should Be Paying More Attention To Your Gut Microbiome

If you're remotely connected to the world of wellness today, you've probably heard of the microbiome—the mini-ecosystem of microorganisms that make up the human body. In fact, over the last decade, the microbiome has become one of the trendiest areas of biology, and the research has made clear that the microbiome is fundamental to overall health. While the newfound cultural awareness is great, the focus is often misguided. Here’s the thing: the supplement industry has hijacked the conversation with it’s “pill for an ill” ethos.

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December 4, 2017
summer 2015

Exercise can beneficially alter the composition of your gut microbiome

Two new studies led by researchers at the University of Illinois have delivered the first clear evidence that the composition of gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone. Designed to isolate the effects of exercise from other factors that could influence gut bacteria, these dual studies build on an increasing body of evidence affirming the role of exercise in determining the makeup of a person's gut microbiome.

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November 15, 2017
summer 2015

Engineering the gut microbiome with 'good' bacteria may help treat Crohn's disease

Researchers have singled out a bacterial enzyme behind an imbalance in the gut microbiome linked to Crohn's disease. The new study suggests that wiping out a significant portion of the bacteria in the gut microbiome, and then re-introducing a certain type of 'good' bacteria that lacks this enzyme, known as urease, may be an effective approach to better treat these diseases.

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February 17, 2017
summer 2015

New study identifies dramatic shifting of the microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an autoimmune condition where, in most cases, there are multiple triggers stimulating the immune system in multiple ways over a long period of time.

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December 21, 2016
summer 2015

Microbiota: Reseeding the gut

Transplants of faecal matter have done wonders for the treatment of certain gastrointestinal infections. Will they ever work for inflammatory bowel disease?

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September 9, 2016
summer 2015

Incredible video shows how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics

Watch bacteria evolve to develop resistance to increasingly higher doses of antibiotics in just 12 days.

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July 15, 2016
summer 2015

Fecal Transplants Can Be Life-Saving, but How?

A fecal transplant is exactly what it sounds like: To treat certain gut disorders, doctors transfer stool from a healthy donor to a sick patient. Just a few years ago, only a few doctors turned to fecal transplants, typically as a last resort. But in randomized trials, the procedure has proved remarkably effective against potentially fatal infections of bacteria known as Clostridium difficile.

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June 8, 2016
summer 2015

Obesity May Be Influenced By Gut Bacteria, And Researchers Are Closer To Understanding How

Studies have found that a diet high in fat, a common risk factor of obesity, can trigger widespread disruptions to the microbial environment, or microbiota, in test animals like mice and zebrafish. Others, meanwhile, have showed that this link works both ways: When scientists transplanted gut bacteria from a group of healthy mice into a group of mice engineered to have no bacteria whatsoever, the lean germ-free mice became fatter. This same effect was seen even when the gut bacteria from obese people was transplanted into these mice.

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June 1, 2016
summer 2015

Fecal Transplants Effective for Healing Ulcerative Colitis

It is widely known that fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is effective for the treatment of recurring Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection, but new research supports the procedure’s efficacy for helping patients with ulcerative colitis (UC).

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May 27, 2016
summer 2015

A dreaded superbug found for the first time in a U.S. woman

(CNN) A 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman showed the presence of a rare kind of E. coli infection, the first known case of its kind in the United States. It is a superbug that is resistant to many antibiotics, even Colistin, which doctors use as a last resort when other antibiotics fail.

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May 9, 2016
summer 2015

Gut-microbe connection moves into MS territory

A team of investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has found evidence that suggests that bacteria living in the gut may remotely influence the activity of cells in the brain that are involved in controlling inflammation and neurodegeneration.

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March 11, 2016
summer 2015

The Evolving Human Microbiome

This is a very informative and interesting video presented by Dr. Alexander Khoruts, MD, of the University of Minnesota Microbiota Therapeutics Program. He addresses the relationship humans have with our microbial communities and how our diet and antibiotic usage have affected our microbial composition. The decrease in our microbial diversity could have huge ramifications, and he is actively pursuing innovative research to address this problem. This video was published by the University of Minnesota.

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December 11, 2014
summer 2015

Superbugs to kill 'more than cancer' by 2050

Drug resistant infections will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide - more than currently die from cancer - by 2050 unless action is taken, a study says.

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summer 2015

New Game Plan

Nothing could keep Gopher linebacker Peter Westerhaus off the foot­ball field. Well, almost nothing. Minnesota’s Mr. Football 2010, who as a kid slept in a helmet while cradling a football, had an unrivaled passion and work ethic. But in 2013, a brutal case of ulcerative colitis took him away from the game he loved.

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