Salivary Bacteria and Inflammation

A really interesting new study looked at the bacterial contents of saliva and its relationship to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases.[i]  Salivary samples from healthy and IBD-afflicted individuals were given to germ-free mice.  After several weeks, the microbial content of the mice’ feces was examined, and amazingly, 20 different kinds of oral bacteria were … More Salivary Bacteria and Inflammation

Eating Disorders, Inflammation and the Biome

Now for a topic I knew nothing about. An article was just published in Pediatrics that showed an incredibly significant association between autoimmunity and inflammation and eating disorders.[i]  The study was conducted on adolescents born in Denmark between 1989 and 2006, who were studied up until 2012, and encompassed in total over 930,000 people.  The … More Eating Disorders, Inflammation and the Biome

Helminths: More on Our Missing Old Friends

I just finished reading an interesting new article from the journal, Trends in Parasitology, “Can Parasitic Worms Cure the Modern World’s Ills?”[i]  A few highlights: The first subsection is entitled, “Worms Really May be Good for You, After All.”  (Um…yup.)   “…exposure to such persistent, tolerated infections…appears to be required early in life for induction of … More Helminths: More on Our Missing Old Friends

Inflammaging: Yet Another Good Reason to Work on Biome Health

Inflammaging = age related chronic inflammation.  It’s become a really hot word – and it sums up a lot of new findings lately. This week, the big excitement is study just published in Frontiers in Immunology.[i]  Researchers in the Netherlands transplanted gut bacteria from young and old mice into young, germ-free mice, and measured immune … More Inflammaging: Yet Another Good Reason to Work on Biome Health