Common drugs affect composition of the gut microbiome

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Researchers from the University Medical Center Groningen and the Maastricht University Medical Center (both Netherlands), have found that some commonly used drugs impact the metabolic activity and composition of the gut microbiome. These changes could increase the risk of conditions associated with the microbiome.

The gut microbiome can be affected by numerous factors such as medication, or certain conditions such as diabetes, obesity and liver diseases. To investigate the effect of medication further, the study, presented at UEG Week 2019 (19–23 October, Barcelona, Spain), analyzed 1883 faecal samples taken from patients with IBD and IBS. Healthy patients were used as controls.

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