As hallmarks of the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, respiratory infections can lead to inflammation, pneumonia and even death. Lung epithelial cells act as the first line of defense against pathogens. In addition, these cells can trigger microbial defense, enhancing innate and adaptive immune … [Read more...] about Respiratory Microbes and Lung Inflammation
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses exponentially, the world is struggling to contain it through social distancing, lockdowns and quarantines. Unlike the influenza virus, which can also be deadly, there are no medications to temper this virus nor vaccines to prevent it. Backstory on … [Read more...] about COVID-19: A Role for Probiotics in Immunity?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be hard to shake. The chance of recurrence after the first episode in healthy 18–29 year-old women has been reported as 24%. Unfortunately, the traditional treatment of antibiotics may cause resistance. For this reason, other therapies are being explored. … [Read more...] about Urinary Tract Infection? Probiotics May Help
Oral cavities are swarming with microbes—some beneficial and some harmful. In the latter group is the notorious salivary mutans streptococcus (S. mutans). This bacterium causes dental caries or cavities. With healthy diets, regular check-ups, cleanings, flossing and fluoride treatments, we try … [Read more...] about Probiotics Take Oral Exams
Dietary fibers shape the gut microbiota. These prebiotics determine microbial structure and function; we truly are what we eat. Targeted Approach to Health Recently, researchers delved into how specific fibers may define the microbial picture in human guts. This targeted approach has … [Read more...] about A New Look at Prebiotic Fibers
Poor sleep can have serious consequences including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Microbes too can influence health via neural, hormonal and immune responses, as well as gut and blood-brain barrier permeability. Recent evidence suggests that the gut microbiome and sleep quality are … [Read more...] about Microbes and Sleep Get Cozy