The “hygiene hypothesis” movement is coming to Cheesehead Country. Or Badger Country. Or whatever the preferred term it. A new study is launching in Wisconsin that will compare city-raised babies with farm-raised babies, to compare the health experiences and the immune system activity between the two groups of babies. Researchers will be particularly interested allergies, [...]
That annoying thing inside you called the appendix….what the heck does it even do, anyway, other than get surgically removed from
An appendix actually can be happy
a lot of people when it gets infected? Seems like the only thing people correlate with the appendix is appendicitis.
You never hear about people getting [...]
It’s kind of rare when two major nutrition stories, reported independently, have a direct overlap and also run on the same day. It’s rare, too, when such stories are tied strongly to the immune health world.
Such is the case today.
Story 1. New research is showing more evidence that a Mediterranean diet–one rich in [...]
I thought today would be a good day to do a round up of interesting stuff related to health and the immune system. These are items ranging from quirky so slightly fascinating, from news to old standby’s that still command a bit of “wow.”
Here’s a quick story on U.S. airports with the healthiest food. [...]
A primer for parents on how to keep their kids healthy in school would be a good one for adults, too. Wash hands, get enough sleep each night, do the Vampire Cough (cough into your elbow, like you’re a vampire wrapping your cape around your face), and eating healthy are all things us grown-ups should [...]
The “hygiene hypothesis” proffers that infants and toddlers exposed to basic bacteria and dust/dander/pollen in their home environment may end up with a much healthier immune system that lasts for most of their life. If they are born on a farm and spend time outside among the crops and animals when they are young, they [...]
OnPoint today had a great show on bacteria in the human body, and new research showing how it may regulate many aspects of human health. Bacteria are our friends, right? Here are my rough notes:
Bacteria in the gut – helps digest food, absorb nutrients that regular enzymes can’t. Bacteria have their own genome, 3 [...]
We’re always seeing news stories about “the germiest surfaces.” Usually, the stories are crafted and pitched by PR firms representing cleaning products brands, and the take away for the audience is that you can never disinfect your hands or your house too much.
The latest such news trend is the [...]
The latest research promising to usher in a new era in understanding human health and disease involves something similar to the gargantuan Human Genome Project. Instead of mapping the human DNA system, however, the project, known at the Human Proteome Project or HPP, will attempt to diagram the architecture of the 5,000,000 proteins that receive [...]
Some new science reported on this past week shows how complex the human immune system is. We’re talking aggressor cells, suppressor
University of Bath. Click for video at Live Science.
cells, killer cells, regulatory cells, cell signaling, adaptive immune response, innate immune response, memory cells, gut-controlled immune function, brain-driven immune response, genetic influences, [...]