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Lack of Microbial Diversity Linked to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

05:49 EST 24 Jan 2018 | Genetic Engineering News

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with colleagues at Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland and San Diego State University, have recently discovered that women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)—a common hormone condition that contributes to infertility and metabolic problems, such as diabetes and heart disease—tend to have less diverse gut bacteria than women who do not have the condition. Findings from the new study were published recently in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, in an article entitled “ Gut Microbial Diversity in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Correlates with Hyperandrogenism .” The researchers examined fecal swabs from 73 women diagnosed with PCOS. Their samples were compared to swabs from 48 women who did not have PCOS and 42 women who had polycystic ovaries but did not have the other features of PCOS. “The findings indicate women ...

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