Medicine

Fever Helps Fight Off Infection by Altering Immune Cells

According to a study published in the journal Immunity, fever alters surface proteins on immune cells to make them better able to travel via blood vessels to reach the site of infection. Fever is an evolutionarily conserved response in both endothermic and ectothermic species and confers survival benefits during infection …

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‘Exercise Hormone’ Could Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

An international team of researchers led by Queen’s University, Columbia University and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro has found that irisin, a hormone released by muscles during exercise, could slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Irisin is produced by muscles during exercise. Image credit: Free-Photos. “In the past …

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Microbial Metabolite from Berry- and Pomegranate-Rich Diet Protects against Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Urolithin A, a major microbial metabolite derived from polyphenolic compounds of berries and pomegranate fruits, and its synthetic structural analog, can reduce and protect against inflammatory bowel diseases (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease), according to new research from the University of Louisville and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and …

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Can Technology Cure Our Healthcare Ills?

  LAS VEGAS — As we’re all too painfully aware, health care costs have continued to rise precipitously in the US. While technology continues to make huge advances in healthcare in general, with few exceptions it has not contributed much to a reduction in cost in the delivery of health …

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New Study Shows How Exercise Reduces Abdominal Fat Mass

Abdominal (belly) fat is harmful to metabolic health. Exercise training reduces abdominal fat mass, but the underlying mechanisms have not been clear. According to a new study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, a signaling molecule called interleukin-6 plays a key role in this process. Wedell-Neergaard et al show that …

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Neuronal Loss May Have Beneficial Effect in Alzheimer’s Disease

Neuronal loss in Alzheimer’s disease may be the result of a cell quality control mechanism trying to protect the brain from the accumulation of malfunctioning neurons, according to new research published in the journal Cell Reports. Multicellular organisms eliminate abnormal but viable cells based on their fitness status through cell …

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Study: Dietary Fructose and Glucose Target Good Gut Bacteria

Dietary fructose and glucose, which are prevalent in the Western diet, silence a key protein that is necessary for gut colonization, but not for utilization of these sugars, by a beneficial bacterium called Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, according to new research from Yale School of Medicine. Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron. Image credit: Kathryn Cross …

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