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How the human gut microbiota is shaped by diet

The human gut microbiota yields about 100 trillion microorganisms, involving bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and parasites. At birth, the human gut is mostly sterile and gets colonized by its mother’s microbiome. The type of delivery, cesarean or vaginal, plays an essential…

Scientists identify two distinct subtypes of obesity

A team led by Van Andel Institute scientists has identified two distinct types of obesity with physiological and molecular differences that may have lifelong consequences for health, disease and response to medication. The findings, published today in the journal Nature…

Study reveals gut-brain circuits drive cravings for fatty foods

In a recent study published in the journal Nature, researchers explored the neural basis for fat preference and identified receptors and neuronal elements mediating its development. Study: Gut-Brain Circuits for Fat Preference. Image Credit: Pikovit / Shutterstock Background The current global obesity…