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 […]

Explained: How stress and heart attacks are linked

According to a study, activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke

Explained: How stress and heart attacks are linkedScientists have long known that stress can influence your heart health, but exactly how this relationship takes place has been something of a mystery — until now. Activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke, according to a study published […]

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 […]

20 minutes of exercise beneficial to combat inflammation

Inflammation is a necessary part of the body's immune response, but too much inflammation can lead to disease

20 minutes of exercise beneficial to combat inflammationThe long-term health benefits of physical exercise are numerous; they include reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, improving metabolism and weight control, as well as generally strengthening the heart, muscles, and bones. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, a regular dose of physical activity also lowers blood pressure, and reduces […]

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 […]

Taking multiple showers a day can affect your immune system, digestion and heart

Researchers from Genetic Science Centre at University of Utah say over-cleaning can damage human microbiome –  a collection of bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in and on your body

Taking multiple showers a day can affect your immune system, digestion and heartIf you think that taking shower everyday can keep you healthy and hygienic then give it a second thought, as a study reveals that over-cleaning can damage the human microbiome, thereby affecting the immune system, digestion and even heart. Not bathing for a few days can leave you a bit smelly, but showering too often […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are you an anxious person? Your spleen is 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 spleen is 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 […]