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By Anand Kumar, D.V.M., Ph.D. A new gut bacteria cocktail could transform our approach to chronic disease If all disease begins in the gut, as Hippocrates declared more than 2,000 years ago, then surely the cures for those diseases must be tied to the gut, as well. The gut – a.k.a. the gastrointestinal tract that...

Are answers to diseases hidden in the leaves and bark of trees such as maples? Researchers are finding out. (Photograph: University of Rhode Island) In the 1992 film Medicine Man, biochemist Robert Campbell, played by actor Sean Connery, searches for new drugs in the Amazon’s vast rainforests. There Campbell finds a cure for cancer not in...

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below!   Hour 1 – Inspired by Wilfred Thesiger, long distance...

The American Association for the Advancement of Science wrote about the connection between TUDCA and bear bile in its press release concerning type 1 diabetes. The association has since removed this reference. Bear bile has a historical and contextual relationship to the research discussed within this article, and our story is still accurate as it stands. Harvard...

Last week, I wrote a post about some strange new uses for urine. It turns out, I had only scratched the surface. Many of you readers (thanks for your input!) shared some other uses for urine in the comments section, so the team here at Nat Geo thought it would be interesting to look into them in...

Last week, I wrote a post about some strange new uses for urine. It turns out, I had only scratched the surface. Many of you readers (thanks for your input!) shared some other uses for urine in the comments section, so the team here at Nat Geo thought it would be interesting to look into them in...