Research: Restore gut microbiome speeds long COVID recovery
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has gradually replaced Delta and ravaged the world. Although it is reported to be relatively mild, the post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (known as long COVID) such as shortness of breath, chest pains, dizziness, poor memory, insomnia, ‘brain fog’ and other symptoms cannot be ignored.
Common symptoms of diabetes
Are you worried that you or someone you know may have diabetes? Today an estimated 1 in 10 of Singaporeans are living with the condition. For those above the age of 60, that ratio rises to 1 in 3. If you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, it may be a warning sign of diabetes:
How might the gut dysbiosis affect insulin resistance in diabetes?
When people speak of the most common chronic illness in Singapore, diabetes always ranks among the top five. It is one of a number of chronic metabolic diseases that can do serious damage to the body. With over 400,000 Singaporeans living with the disease, the total number of sufferers is expected to rise to one million by 2050. Shockingly, about one third of diabetics are unaware that they have it, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH). The pathogenesis of diabetes is unclear, but recent studies have suggested a link between gut microbiome dysbiosis and insulin resistance in diabetes.
Your immune age is 20 years older than you are? Here’s why and how to turn the clock back
Research findings: COVID-19 can attack your gut
Coronavirus is often presented by a cluster of hallmark symptoms attacking the respiratory system and airways, including fever, sore throat, runny nose, dry cough and shortness of breath, and the gastrointestinal system also has its own battle against the virus, evidenced by abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, which can precede fever and respiratory illness.
G-NiiB Immunity+ Formula SIM01 shows clinical benefits in COVID-19 patients
Hong Kong's fifth Covid-19 wave peaked in early March. With more than 10,000 daily cases have been reported, the fifth wave of the epidemic has accumulated more than 700,000 positive test cases and 4,000 patients have died.
B. adolescentis: A Key Gut Bacteria To Fight Long COVID
The new variant, Omicron, gradually replaced Delta and ravaged the world. However, no "countermeasures" have yet been found. Experts meanwhile have again discovered a subtype variant, BA.2. Although it is reported to be relatively mild, the post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (known as long COVID) such as tiredness, poor memory, insomnia, hair loss, anxiety and other symptoms cannot be ignored.
Research: Bifidobacterium adolescentis may help alleviate constipation
Our intestinal health and eating habits go hand in hand. Western-style dietary, known as high intake of red meat, saturated fat, processed foods, consume less fibre can give rise to frequent constipation.
Patients with GERD have higher levels of 5 harmful bacteria
Gastrointestinal discomforts such as stomach pain and bloating are common urban diseases. If the feeling of "heartburn" frequently occurs after a meal, it may be a tell-tale sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux. GERD is a common digestive disorder that will affect both the oesophagus and duodenum.
Research: balanced gut microbiome helps improve insomnia
Sleep accounts for one third of a person’s entire life. Sleep is crucial to our overall health and wellbeing, yet many of us take it for granted; some people have sleep disorders and don’t get the rest that they sorely need. Studies have shown that gut bacteria may influence normal sleep patterns by helping create important chemical messengers in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine. Once the gut microbiota is out of balance, it can affect the metabolism of the intestine as well as the brain’s ability to regulate our sleep patterns and other physiological processes.
Four Major Differences In Gut Microbiome In Children With Autism
Cognition, behavior and emotion have long been regarded as functions of the brain, and is in turn affected by them, but it is now revealed that the gut microbiome plays a pivotal role in these three aspects. "Are you happy?" Many people think that the feeling of happiness is dominated by the brain's ability to produce the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin. In fact, just 2% resides in the brain while more than 90% is produced by the gut microbiome. Surprisingly, autism, which is a developmental disorder of the brain (patients have varying degrees of difficulty in social communication, language, and behavior), is actually closely related to the gut microbiome.
Scientist: Beneficial bacterial species found to be deficient in Covid patients
COVID-19, the novel coronavirus spreading across the globe has compelled governments around the world to implement a range of restrictive public health measures to reduce local transmissions of the virus. These measures might have been effective in slowing down the spread at the beginning, but viruses continued to mutate and created variants that were more contagious than the previous variants. Recent research has discovered that the common symptoms of gastrointestinal problems in patients i.e., the imbalance of the gut microbiome (dysbiosis) is closely related to the epidemic. Enhancing immunity is expected to resist invading virus and alleviate the epidemic.
Children with ASD are twice at risk of GI symptoms
The brain and the gut may appear to play very different roles in our body, but these two organs are in fact closely connected and interacted in a variety of ways. There is increasing evidence that suggests a link between the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. Due to their interaction between gut microbes, the stomach and the brain, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis response to stress is affected, leading to symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders in patients with autism.
1 in 10 Singaporeans suffer from IBS
Do you experience diarrhea when you are stressed-out? If you are experiencing consistent abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or other digestive problems, you may be experiencing symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). According to the National University Hospital, roughly 10% Singaporeans suffer from IBS.
New Finding: Gut Dysbiosis in COVID-19 Patients
The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging worldwide since its outbreak in December 2019. A recent study by a university in Hong Kong discovered that the composition of gut microbiota in coronavirus patients is concordant with disease severity. Patients had higher numbers of ‘bad bacteria’ and lacked certain ‘good bacteria’ known to regulate their immune system. What is worse is that an abnormal gut microbiota (dysbiosis) persists after clearance of the virus, which could contribute to lingering symptoms known as ‘Long COVID’.
Causes of eczema – the most common skin condition in SG
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is the most common skin condition in Singapore, and incidences of eczema in the region are among the highest in the world. According to a report by the National Skin Centre (NSC), one in five children and one in 10 adults in Singapore suffer from eczema, resulting in the most common skin condition treated at the NSC.
The gut: your second brain Five major diseases of Dysbiosis
There is no doubt that the gut’s primary function is the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and excretion of waste, but scientists have discovered that our guts performs far beyond that. The enteric nervous system (ENS) in our guts communicates with the brain in our head, earning itself the monicker “second brain”, and is a considerable factor in the existence of certain diseases in our bodies including eczema, obesity, diabetes, and in our overall mental health including autism and depression. Scientists believe that our second brain gut is one of the most important organs in our body.