Baby boomers are finding the spirit is often willing, but knees—not so much. Sore and stiff joints seem to arrive just when you line up for your $10 Senior Pass at the U.S. National Parks. First, know there are two main types of arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is immunity gone rogue, an … [Read more...] about For Stiff Joints, Microbes Matter
Fingerprints have led to many a criminal’s downfall. Tips of our digits leave evidence for a very long time helping detectives link the perp to the crime. Alas, gloves are now de rigeur for all but the clumsiest. Now forensic scientists may have a new tool for their investigations: microbes. … [Read more...] about For True Detectives, Microbes Leave Fingerprints
Infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) brings numerous harms, not least a dysbiosis leading to: microbial translocation chronic immune activation changes in tryptophan metabolism These toxic effects are felt by the central nervous system (CNS) and are poorly … [Read more...] about Probiotics May Thwart Mental Changes in HIV
As of 2001, probiotics have been defined by the World Health Organization's (WHO) as "live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health beneﬁt on the host." The health benefit of probiotics has seen its reach extend beyond the gut and across organs and metabolic … [Read more...] about Probiotics: A Look at Dose and Response
In a 2016 article Bacteriocin production: a relatively unharnessed probiotic trait? a group of researchers in Cork, Ireland led by James W. Hegarty, are making a case for bacteriocins. What are bacteriocins? Peptides produced by bacteria that can act against other similar bacteria; the … [Read more...] about Bacteriocins: Time To Harness The Power?
Pancreatic cancer is a killer. In spite of advances in garnering its mechanism, the same cannot be said for treating this most fatal of cancers. Researchers are looking to the microbiome. Changes in diet, infection or lifestyle may disturb the normal symbiotic karma between host and the … [Read more...] about Pancreatic Cancer: Possible Role for Probiotics