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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All adults in Colorado eligible for booster shots, Gov. Jared Polis declares

Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Thursday declaring all of Colorado to be at high risk from COVID-19, thereby making all adults eligible to receive vaccine booster shots. This comes ahead of approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Pfizer and Moderna boosters for all fully vaccinated adults, following a six-month wait time. State public health […]

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Burning and tingling in your feet? You may have small fiber neuropathy

The number of people experiencing numbness, tingling and pain in their feet with no known cause has been increasing over the last two decades, according at a new study published in the October 27, 2021, online issue of Neurology. Called small fiber neuropathy, the condition has different symptoms than large fiber neuropathy, which can cause weakness and balance issues. But […]

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‘Rogue’ antibodies found in brains of teens with delusions and paranoia after COVID-19

Two teens developed severe psychiatric symptoms such as paranoia, delusions and suicidal thoughts during mild COVID-19 infections. Now, scientists think they’ve identified a potential trigger: Rogue antibodies may have mistakenly attacked the teens’ brains, rather than the coronavirus.   The researchers spotted these rogue antibodies in two teens who were examined at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff […]

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A breakdown in communication: Mitochondria of diabetic patients can’t keep time

Almost all cells regulate their biological processes over a 24-hour period, otherwise called a cell’s circadian rhythm. To do so, cells use a biological clock that cycles different genes on and off throughout the day and night. Scientists already know that our metabolic health can suffer when our biological clock breaks down, due to shift work or sleep disorders, for […]

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Little change seen in Americans’ use of mental health services during pandemic

(HealthDay)—With all of the fear, grief and isolation the pandemic has brought, it would stand to reason that there would be a big jump in the number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. But that doesn’t seem to be the case, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

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High intake of fatty acid in nuts, seeds and plant oils linked to lower risk of death

A high intake of alpha linolenic acid (ALA)—found mainly in nuts, seeds, and plant oils—is associated with a lower risk of death from all causes, and specifically from diseases of the heart and blood vessels, finds a study published by The BMJ today. Higher ALA intake was associated with a slightly higher risk of death from cancer, but the researchers […]

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