Alcohol, Bowel Movements May Confound Microbio Studies

Gut microbes represent a complex ecology of tens of trillions of bacterial cells that have far-reaching effects—from mental health disorders to cardiovascular health. While the composition of the microbiome has been correlated with certain diseases such as Parkinson's disease, it is hard to unpack whether such associations are just correlation, a consequence of the health condition, or a cause or contribution of the illness.

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