Author: Dick Benson

Cracking the colon code: New light shed on gut function

October 30, 2019

New insights into how the colon functions and actually expels its contents have been revealed for the first time following decades of study by Flinders University researchers. It promises new diagnostics tools and treatments for gastrointestinal disorders to address problems with bowel movements leading to constipation, diarrhea and pain, affecting hundreds of millions of people […]

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Even the Fetus Has Gut Bacteria, Study Shows

October 30, 2019

A study in humans and mice demonstrated that a fetus has its own microbiome, or communities of bacteria living in the gut, which are known to play important roles in the immune system and metabolism. Researchers also confirmed that the fetal microbiome is transmitted from the mother. These findings open the door to potential interventions […]

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Lifestyle is a threat to gut bacteria

October 25, 2019

The intestinal microbiome is a delicate ecosystem made up of billions and billions of microorganisms, bacteria in particular, that support our immune system, protect us from viruses and pathogens, and help us absorb nutrients and produce energy. The industrialization process in Western countries had a huge impact on its content. This was confirmed by a […]

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Increase health benefits of exercise by working out before breakfast – new research

October 25, 2019

According to a new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism health scientists at the universities of Bath and Birmingham found that by changing the timing of when you eat and exercise, people can better control their blood sugar levels. The six-week study, which involved thirty men classified as obese or overweight […]

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A “Shocking” New Way to Treat Infections

October 25, 2019

Titanium has many properties that make it a great choice for use in implants. Its low density, high stiffness, high biomechnanical strength-to-weight ratio, and corrosion resistance have led to its use in several types of implants, from dental to joints. However, a persistent problem plagues metal-based implants: the surface is also a perfect home for […]

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Researchers Discover First Clues on How Gut Health Influences Brain Health

October 25, 2019

New cellular and molecular processes underlying communication between gut microbes and brain cells have been described for the first time by scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell’s Ithaca campus. Over the last two decades, scientists have observed a clear link between autoimmune disorders and a variety of psychiatric conditions. For example, people with autoimmune […]

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The reason heart medication gives muscle pain

October 16, 2019

A study from McMaster University has found a potential mechanism explaining why some people who take drugs to lower their cholesterol develop sore, aching muscles. The use of statin drugs to significantly lower cholesterol, and ultimately reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, has become widespread and large-scale studies suggest that nearly half of Americans and […]

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Study reveals how mucus tames microbes

October 16, 2019

More than 200 square meters of our bodies — including the digestive tract, lungs, and urinary tract — are lined with mucus. In recent years, scientists have found some evidence that mucus is not just a physical barrier that traps bacteria and viruses, but it can also disarm pathogens and prevent them from causing infections. […]

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New test diagnoses Lyme disease within 15 minutes

October 16, 2019

Some 300,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year. Caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted by the bite of infected Ixodes ticks, the disease if left untreated can cause serious neurologic, cardiac, and/or rheumatologic complications. Current testing for Lyme disease, called the standard 2-tiered approach or the STT, involves running two […]

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Sulfur, the Forgotten Nutrient, Finally Gets the Attention It Deserves

October 16, 2019

A new scientific review serves as a calling cry to consider a recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for sulfur after more research is conducted on the impact sulfur has on human health. Even though it is the third most abundant mineral in the body, the role sulfur plays in human health has long been overlooked as […]

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