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The Spanish Influenza of 1918

If I were to tell you that the single most deadly event in recorded human history took place in the 1900’s, what would you think it was? 3,347 more words

Diseases & Pathogens

Researchers connect brain blood vessel lesions to intestinal bacteria

NIH-funded pre-clinical study links gut microbes and the immune system to a genetic disorder that can cause stroke and seizures.

 A study in mice and humans suggests that bacteria in the gut can influence the structure of the brain’s blood vessels, and may be responsible for producing malformations that can lead to stroke or epilepsy. 1,083 more words


The Human Gut Microbiome as a Screening Tool for Colorectal Cancer

Our results suggest that relative abundance data from the human gut microbiome differentiates individuals with healthy colons from those with adenomas and carcinomas. Most importantly, there was a significant difference in the gut microbiome of people with colonic adenomas compared with those with healthy colons. 1,498 more words


Serotonin Deficiency Implicated in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ra symptoms and pathology worse in mice missing enzyme needed for serotonin synthesis, according to report in the American Journal of Pathology.

For the first time, serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) has been directly implicated in the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). 787 more words


Your Microbiota’s Previous Dining Experiences May Make New Diets Less Effective

Summary: People who follow a more restricted, plant based diet have more diverse gut microbiota, a new study reports.

Source: Cell Press.

Your microbiota may not be on your side as you try improving your diet this New Year’s. 839 more words


Missing link between gut and brain discovered with big implications for disease

Summary: Researchers have identified immune cells in the membranes around the brain that could be a ‘missing link’ in the gut-brain axis. The immune cells also appear to have a positive impact on recovery following spinal cord injury. 958 more words