A study in mice shows that triclosan, a common antibacterial agent found in thousands of personal care, home cleaning and other consumer products, triggered inflammation, increased the severity of inflammatory bowel disease symptoms, and exacerbated colon cancer growth.

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A common antibacterial additive in consumer products can cause inflammation and spur colon cancer growth in mice

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​Few devices are currently available to probe hard-to-access areas of the gut to provide measurements under true physiological health or disease conditions.

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It goes both ways - oral drugs and gut microbes impact each other

​Gut microbes influence how oral drugs are processed and eliminated. Oral drugs, including common non-antibiotics, impact gut microbial balance.

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Gut microbes regulate gene expressions in brain that impact anxiety

Scientists report that gut microbes are needed for appropriate regulation of microRNAs in the amygdala and prefrontal cortex areas of the brain.

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