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Arizona: How Poverty Affects Diet to Shape the Microbiota and Chronic Disease

In an opinion article published November 7 in Nature Reviews Immunology, Dr. Douglas Taren, associate dean of academic affairs and professor at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and his colleague, discuss the link between nutrition, non-communicable chronic diseases and socio-economic standing, with a special focus on the microbiota.

[Photo: Dr. Douglas Taren]

In the article, How poverty affects diet to shape the microbiota and chronic disease“, Dr. Taren and Dr. Christy A. Harrison, research specialist in the departments of immunobiology and pediatrics at the UA College of Medicine, provide a theoretical framework and several lines of evidence from both animal and human studies that support the idea that income inequality is an underlying factor for the maladaptive changes seen in the microbiota in certain populations. They propose that this contributes to the health disparities that are seen.