Author: Dick Benson

New Study Finds Multi-Strain Probiotic Aids Dietary Management of Cirrhosis Patients

July 31, 2019

A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Hepatology Communications finds that the multi-strain De Simone Formulation probiotic medical food may help in the dietary management of dysbiosis associated with cirrhosis by improving cognitive function, decreasing risk of falls, and improving inflammatory response.┬áThe De Simone formulation, which has been the subject of more than 70 […]

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Breaking the code: How is a mother’s immunity transferred to her baby?

July 31, 2019

One of the most successful interventions in reducing infectious disease worldwide, vaccination still has limited effectiveness in protecting one group of patients — newborn infants. Now a study based at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard has determined how a pregnant woman’s vaccine-induced immunity is transferred to her child, which has implications for […]

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Can gut infection trigger Parkinson’s disease?

July 24, 2019

A new study by Montreal scientists published today in Nature demonstrates that a gut infection can lead to a pathology resembling Parkinson’s disease (PD) in a mouse model lacking a gene linked to the human disease. This discovery extends recent work by the same group suggesting that PD has a major immune component, providing new […]

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Alzheimer’s missing link ID’d, answering what tips brain’s decline

July 24, 2019

Years before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear, two kinds of damaging proteins silently collect in the brain: amyloid beta and tau. Clumps of amyloid accumulate first, but tau is particularly noxious. Wherever tangles of the tau protein appear, brain tissue dies, triggering the confusion and memory loss that are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. Now, researchers at […]

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How a fungus can cripple the immune system

July 24, 2019

It is everywhere — and it is extremely dangerous for people with a weakened immune system. The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus occurs virtually everywhere on Earth, as a dark grey, wrinkled cushion on damp walls or in microscopically small spores that blow through the air and cling to wallpaper, mattresses and floors. Healthy people usually have […]

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Rare gut bacteria may be linked to restless legs syndrome

July 24, 2019

Results show that SIBO was found in all seven participants who have RLS. In contrast, the prevalence of SIBO in the general population is estimated to be no more than 15%. “We’ve observed extremely high rates of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in the RLS group,” said lead author Daniel Jin Blum, Ph.D., D.B.S.M., an adjunct […]

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Can livestock help a baby’s immune system

July 24, 2019

Scientists from The Ohio State University found that bacteria and other microbes from rural Amish babies was far more diverse — in a beneficial way — than what was found in urban babies’ intestines. And, in a first-of-its-kind experiment, they found evidence of how a healthier gut microbiome might lead to more robust development of […]

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Healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk of dementia

July 17, 2019

Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset a person’s genetic risk of dementia, according to new research. The study was led by the University of Exeter — simultaneously published today in JAMA and presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019 in Los Angeles. The research found that the risk of dementia was 32 per […]

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Low vitamin K levels linked to mobility limitation and disability in older adults

July 17, 2019

Low levels of circulating vitamin K are linked to increased risk of mobility limitation and disability in older adults, identifying a new factor to consider for maintaining mobility and independence in older age, according to a study led by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. The […]

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Could boosting the gut microbiome be the secret to healthier older age?

July 17, 2019

Faecal transplants from young to aged mice can stimulate the gut microbiome and revive the gut immune system, a study by immunologists at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, has shown. The research is published in the journal Nature Communications today. The gut is one of the organs that is most severely affected by ageing and age-dependent […]

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