Hoping to lose weight in the new year? This discovery won’t help in 2007 but maybe some year . . .
Last week the journal Nature published two related papers showing that bacteria in the gut may contribute to obesity. Of the two main groups of intestinal bacteria that help humans digest food, increased numbers of Firmicutes are associated with obesity, and increased numbers of Bacteroidetes are associated with weight loss, in both humans and laboratory mice.
Works on bacteria in relation to obesity are classed in 616.398014 Medical bacteriology of obesity (built with 616.398 Obesity plus 014 Medical bacteriology from the add table under 616.1-616.9 Specific diseases).