Research in mice shows how diet alters immune system function through a gut microbe

The cliché “you are what you eat” has been used for hundreds of years to illustrate the link between diet and health. Now, an international team of researchers has found the molecular proof of this concept, demonstrating how diet ultimately affects immunity through the gut microbiome.  The work, conducted in mice, reveals that what animals consume initiates the release of […]

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How are epilepsy and autism linked?

Epilepsy and autism spectrum disorders, or ASD, show a remarkable degree of comorbidity and may share pathological mechanisms. Questions that have bogged down scientists about these disorders include: Does autism lead to an increase in epilepsy? Or does epilepsy alter the brain circuit, which then leads to autism? Viji Santhakumar, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular, Cell and […]

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How to protect your DNA data

Knowing how to protect your DNA data is incredibly important, because your genetic code is the blueprint for much of who you are. Thanks to the development of cheap genomics, at-home DNA testing kits from Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage and others can now reveal a wealth of information about your genetic identity.  By sending in a sample of your DNA, usually […]

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How Cuban medical training has helped Pacific nations face the pandemic challenge

With the COVID-19 pandemic stretching health systems worldwide, Pacific countries have capitalized on their relative isolation to avoid the worst. Border closures and other measures have slowed and stopped the spread of the virus to the point some nations have recorded no cases at all. Even where the virus has not spread, however, establishing screening, quarantine and mass vaccination programs […]

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How the brain solves problems

In trying to think of an introduction for this article it occurred to me that had I been inside an MRI, the screen would have showed several brain regions lighting up like Times Square as my mind was attempting to solve the problem. First, the prefrontal cortex, basal ganglia and thalamus would recognize that the blank page meant that there […]

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How GMO Foods Can Affect Your Hormone Levels

Alex Kich/Shutterstock By Raegan Davies/Sept. 7, 2021 3:29 pm EDT Something different comes to mind for everybody who hears the word “hormones” — maybe you think of your middle school health class or birth control prescription. However, there are so many other things in our everyday lives — from our environment to our diet — that can affect our hormones. Simply […]

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How to add your COVID vaccine record to the myColorado app on your phone

As more restaurants, bars and concert venues — not to mention employers  — begin requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19, Coloradans have a few ways they can prove they’ve gotten their shots. They can either show their official COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card — the one with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo on it — in person or […]

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