• Sophia Quaglia
  • BBC

picture released, OpenBiome

More than a decade ago, we didn’t know much about the countless microorganisms that live happily inside and on our bodies, but now researchers believe they can change the future of human health.

In May 2012 Amanda Kabage, a 32-year-old pediatric researcher at the University of Minnesota, began experiencing unusual digestive problems. She had more than ten bowel movements a day and had disturbing amounts of blood in her stool. It seemed to the doctors that she had a slight bacterial infection, so they prescribed her two different antibiotics.

But the symptoms kept getting worse months later. Amanda was a healthy and fit young woman when she suddenly suffered from chronic abdominal pain, which forced her to stop eating solid foods. She also lost nine kilograms of weight, and her hair began to fall out in large quantities, and her colleagues began to notice that she was often absent from work.

Doctors prescribed her many medications, but to no avail.

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