Scientific American

The Vaginal Microbiome May Affect Health More Than We Thought

A healthy gut microbiome contains a diverse array of microbes that can vary dramatically between individuals. A recent study finds varying combinations of microbes in the vaginal microbiome may influence health outcomes such as risk of sexually transmitted disease and preterm birth. "(Bacterial vaginosis) comes in a lot of flavors," said Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, PhD, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, who was not involved in the paper, which she calls a "great first step."

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Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated more than 800 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,700 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Bioscience Core, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.