Science isn’t hitting any home runs with Lou Gehrig's disease. Named after a famous baseball player, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS is a progressive disease that destroys nerve cells and causes disability. ALS often begins with muscle twitching, weakness in a limb or slurred speech. … [Read more...] about Microbes Deserve a Closer Look in Lou Gehrig’s disease
Bleary eyes, itchy nose and so many sneezes even the blessings have stopped? No surprise here: it’s allergy season. But rather than making inroads against these carnal assaults by fertile pollens of the earth, public health practitioners instead report rising numbers over the last few … [Read more...] about Doubling Down on Probiotics in Allergy Season
If one is good then more is better. This seems to be the prevailing wisdom in multi-strain probiotic dosing, whether through food additives or supplements. The thinking behind this assumption is compelling: more strains may hit more targets and maybe even add up to more than the sum of the … [Read more...] about Multi-strain probiotics: better than single-strain?
Marked by delusions and hallucinations, schizophrenia is not uncommon. More than 50 million people or 1% of humans suffer with this devastating psychiatric disorder. What causes schizophrenia? Researchers believe that a combination of genetics, brain chemistry and environment contributes to … [Read more...] about A Look at Microbes in Schizophrenia
Skin: We ignore it, tattoo it and burn it on beaches and tanning beds. Besides its brutish name, skin also gets little respect for its crucial job of protecting the human body from toxins and dehydration. Skin is the largest organ we have, beating out big hearts and hungry stomachs by a long … [Read more...] about In Melanoma, Microbes Show Game in the Skin
Americans are getting fatter. New data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (tens of thousands surveyed) revealed stark numbers: Nearly 40% of adults are obese, up significantly from previous years. Hispanic and blacks--both adults and children-- counted more obesity than … [Read more...] about As Obesity Soars, Microbes Get a Closer Look