Microbiomes inside the human body play a very important role. However, different medications might have a negative effect on the composition and spread of these microbiomes causing a negative effect on the body. One main treatment that was known to have a negative effect on microbiomes is the deworming program used to treat people from roundworm or hookworm.
However, a recent study conducted on the deworming program and its effect on microbiomes in the body has shown that it does not actually have a negative effect on the body. The study focused on studying the concentration of the microbiomes community in the body after taking the treatment and comparing it with the concentration values of healthy humans.
The difference in results was not noticeable which shows that this treatment is actually healthy and safe to use. The study was published in the mBio journal by lead author and PhD holder, Dr. Alice Easton, who performed the research while working in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Easton commented on the results saying, “We don’t see any evidence suggesting deworming programs should be concerned about negative effects on the gut microbiome of curing hookworm or roundworm. While a number of studies have recently examined the relationship between human stool microbiota and infection with a variety of soil transmitted helminths at study sites, there is no clear consensus of the impact of soil transmitted helminths on microbiota diversity and composition. We need to know whether worms have other important consequences to human health.”