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Karin Lillis

Karin Lillis is managing editor of EndoNurse magazine and a contributing writer for Infection Control Today. She has more than 20 years of experience in health, news and business publishing-from community-based daily newspapers to clinical nursing and other magazines. She graduated from DeSales University with a degree in English/Communications.

GI Associations Release Gut-Microbiome Glossary


When most people think of bacteria in the intestines, they think of that bacteria as a bad, dirty thing. GI professionals, however, know that bacteria (certain bacteria, and in the right combination) is a very important part of a healthy digestive system. Medical experts have long known about the importance of bacteria in the gut, but in the last few years their understanding has grown by leaps and bounds.

The human gut microbiome is a diverse, complicated community of microbes that live in the intestines. This bacterial community has a profound impact on how the body functions. The microbiome is so vital to human health that some researchers look at it as an organ, influencing nutrition, immunity, metabolism and physiology.

As researchers gain a greater understanding of the microbiome, they’ll likely have better knowledge about probiotics, and how to prevent and cure illnesses. The American College of Gastroenterology, along with the World Gastroenterology Organisation recently observed the importance of this research through various projects released for World Digestive Health Day.  

One of the projects is called the Glossary of the Gut Microbiome. It’s a quick guide of common terms related to intestinal microbiota. We’re going to be hearing more of these terms as the research in this area expands.

To see the glossary, click here.

Studies on the microbiome are increasing in frequency and scope, and will certainly lead to a much greater understanding of health.



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