Our gut microbiome contains tens of trillions of microorganisms and over 1,000 known species of bacteria,1 all of which have many important functions within the human body. Not surprisingly, there has been considerable interest and even more speculation on the role that gut microorganisms might play in health and disease and we, as gastroenterologists are often called upon to interpret, on behalf of our patients, the latest findings from basic and clinical research. To help us to sift through and assess this vast, complex, at times confusing and ever-increasing body of literature and provide some guidance to the practicing clinician and his/her patient, the World Gastroenterology Organization selected the Gut Microbiome as the focus of the 2020 World Digestive Health Day campaign. Continue reading here!
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