Is aging a disease? Some in the ranks of research think it may be so. Others stick to the idea that aging begins after the snip of the umbilical cord, the intrinsic nature of the mortal beast. Michael S. Lustgarten of Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University … [Read more...] about How Gray are your Microbes?
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is fearsome, affecting 44 million people worldwide; worse, those numbers are growing as populations age. While seemingly random, AD does not strike equally. Western Europe and North America claim the most whereas AD is least prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. Aha! Here’s a … [Read more...] about In Alzheimer’s, Microbes Mind the Mental Gap
Saccharin, aspartame and sucralose somehow survived decades of cancer tests; the chemicals infuse countless diet foods and beverages which promise the taste of real sugar without the calories. Indeed, many millions on doctors’ or dietitians’ orders have switched to the sugar substitutes to lose … [Read more...] about Fake Sugars Disrupt Blood Sugar Control
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder in which people hear imaginary voices, commands or threats. It is terrifying disease for which there is no known cure, only management with meds and other therapies. (Developing countries may have better rates of recovery--a fascinating node of exploration.) As … [Read more...] about Messy Microbes in Schizophrenia
Cold weather seems to pack on the weight. Are we eating more hot apple pie or just not going outside to exercise? (Answer: both.) Seasonal variations affect our weight, our moods—and now our microbes. Early evidence comes from a group known as the Hutterites, who were chosen as research … [Read more...] about Seasons Change Our Microbes