The gut bacteria affect the brain’s blood vessels

I’m obsessing on some research[i] I read about last week.  “A study in mice and humans suggests that bacteria in the gut can influence the structure of the brain’s blood vessels, and may be responsible for producing malformations that can lead to stroke or epilepsy.  The research…adds to an emerging picture that connects intestinal microbes … Read more

Schizophrenia and the Gut

In my last post, I mentioned illnesses that are now associated with alterations in the microbiome, and included schizophrenia in that list.  Out of curiosity, I’d looked it up a few days prior to writing that post.  Sure enough, I found quite a bit, including an article[i] summarizing some interesting research done in 2012.  Scientists … Read more

More New Research on the Gut-Brain Connection in Parkinson’s

As I’ve mentioned before, already having 2 friends with Parkinson’s has made me particularly interested in anything that might help.  Recently, research[i] came out showing that people who have had an operation called a truncal vagotomy – in which sections of the vagus nerve are removed – have a 40% less chance of developing Parkinson … Read more

My Trip to Moscow

Well, to sum it all up, my week in Moscow was a remarkable experience in so many different ways.  The city is magnificent – one of those places that is so saturated in history, that it permeates everything.  You feel it in your bones.  I strolled through Red Square, explored the Kremlin, glared at the … Read more