Probiotics: Eating some bacteria can make you stay healthy, here’s how

Researchers select live bacteria that are good for health and make patients eat them. These bacteria aid immune system in killing the harmful bacteria that might lead to colon cancer

Probiotics: Eating some bacteria can make you stay healthy, here’s howIn a new study, researchers have revealed that they can improve one’s health using probiotics or live bacteria and it can even be used to prevent colon cancer. Not only colon cancer, the new method can be applied to protect us from several other diseases. Colorectal cancer (CRC), also known as bowel cancer, is the […]

Are you an anxious person? Your spleens are to be blamed

With its many blood vessels, it filters blood and controls both red blood cell levels and the body’s blood reserves, and it creates white blood cells when it detects an invader

Are you an anxious person? Your spleens are to be blamedResearchers from The Ohio State University have suggested that the organ holds large quantities of white blood cells long after psychological stress has ended; contributing to behavioural changes associated with mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The university said in a statement that their study uncovers clues about the relationship between the brain […]

We all love our pets, but how close is too close and what are the risks of getting infected from them?

There are some other bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites you can get from your pets, but you get the point by now. Zoonotic diseases are real, and some of them are scary

We all love our pets, but how close is too close and what are the risks of getting infected from them?Pet owners usually fall into one of two camps when it comes to being affectionate with their animals. Either they give them lots of hugs and kisses without a care in the world, or they’re cautious and keep animals’ mouths far away from their faces. If you fall into the former camp, are you putting […]

Researchers pin hope on shark-inspired drug to treat fibrosis

Australian scientists hope a drug that mimics part of a shark's immune system may help treat an incurable lung disease

Researchers pin hope on shark-inspired drug to treat fibrosisIdiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) scars lung tissue, causing breathing to become progressively harder. It kills more than 5,000 people each year in the UK alone, according to the British Lung Foundation. Researchers hope a new drug, inspired by an antibody in the blood of sharks, can begin human trials next year. The drug, AD-114, was […]

Crosstalk between intestinal microbes and immune system reveals new information

Gut microbes engage in an intricately choreographed conversation with the immune system, stimulating it just enough to keep disease-causing invaders at bay, while at the same time reining it in so it doesn’t mistakenly launch an attack on the body

Crosstalk between intestinal microbes and immune system reveals new informationThe human gut is home to some 100 trillion bacteria, comprising between 250 and 500 species. This astounding array of organisms, collectively known as the gut microbiome, is a powerful regulator of disease and health and has been implicated in conditions ranging from inflammatory bowel disease to multiple sclerosis. Gut microbes engage in an intricately […]

Woman fights 7 tumours in her body using 100 billion cells of her own immune system

Celine Ryan, 50, has an unusual genetic makeup that allowed treatment to work. She is now cancer-free, though not considered cured. Treatment was a form of immunotherapy

Woman fights 7 tumours in her body using 100 billion cells of her own immune systemThe remarkable recovery of a woman with advanced colon cancer, after treatment with cells from her own immune system, may lead to new options for thousands of other patients with colon or pancreatic cancer, researchers are reporting. Her treatment was the first to successfully target a common cancer mutation that scientists have tried to attack […]

Obesity takes a toll on our immune system, disrupts working of our ‘guardian cells’

In a healthy condition, guardian cells protect against inflammation and metabolic disease by killing the troublesome macrophages in our fat. But when obesity is established these Adipose Type One Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILCs) are depleted and lose their regulatory killing function

Obesity takes a toll on our immune system, disrupts working of our ‘guardian cells’Scientists have uncovered the physiological mechanics underlying inflammation and obesity by tracking the actions of ‘guardian immune cells’ in response to changes in diet. They believe their work may herald a new era of research now that they have new therapeutic targets to prevent and control obesity-related inflammation and metabolic disease. The scientists, led by […]

Your appendix serves an important biological purpose

Appendix has historically been viewed as a vestigial organ with no real function. But new research suggests it may actually be protecting beneficial bacteria living in the gut

Your appendix serves an important biological purposeThe appendix, notorious for its tendency to become inflamed or even rupture, has historically been viewed as a vestigial organ with no real function. But new research supports the idea that the appendix may indeed serve a purpose: to protect beneficial bacteria living in the gut. Heather F. Smith, PhD, associate professor at Midwestern University […]

Reasons why women are more prone to stress related ailments compared to men

Researchers at Michigan State University found that female mice had experienced more stress than male mice. Scientists also can use this knowledge to develop sex-specific treatments targeting the cells

Reasons why women are more prone to stress related ailments compared to menIt’s often been claimed that dealing with the opposite gender is like interacting with someone from another planet. Much has been written about the differences between men and women, and a recent study reveals there could be more than just communication differences between the sexes. Researchers at Michigan State University found that male and female […]

Meet Diana, a dog who has bravely fought off cancer 3 times in 10 years

After cancer relapsed for the third time, doctors advised that Diana should be put to sleep. But, Diana, not only survived the critical surgery but has been completely cured and leads a normal life

Meet Diana, a dog who has bravely fought off cancer 3 times in 10 yearsVasudevan Sridharan, a Chembur resident, jumped in happiness when he saw his dog Diana, recovering from her oral cancer. Yes, you heard it right, dogs too suffer from cancer and very less is known about it. Vasudevan (42), employed with a multinational company, had found Diana 10 years ago on the street. Diana is mixed breed […]