Autism, the Regulatory Immune System and Microbiome Alterations

Yet another paper was just published this week, confirming yet again that children on the autism spectrum have both dysregulated immune systems and altered bacterial microbiomes.[i] There were certainly some particularly interesting and novel findings in this research. The study consisted of 4 groups of children (a total of 103 were involved):  one with autism … More Autism, the Regulatory Immune System and Microbiome Alterations

Obesity and the Microbiome: Narrowing in on the Culprits

An interesting study just came out of the University of Chicago, looking at how specific bacteria in the small intestine affect the absorption of fat from the diet.[i]  The work should, in the long term, have huge implications for the treatment of obesity and also, illnesses where malabsorption (like Crohn’s) is problematic. We know that … More Obesity and the Microbiome: Narrowing in on the Culprits

Yet More New (and Scary) Research on Maternal Immune Activation

An old doctor friend of mine used to always say, “Inflammation is inflammation.”  Truer words were never spoken.  Whether inflammation manifests as swelling because you just broke your leg or an autoimmune disease, ultimately, it’s all the same.  The only difference is, how long the inflammation is present. While, acute inflammation is necessary for survival, … More Yet More New (and Scary) Research on Maternal Immune Activation

More on the Microbiome and Cancer: This Time Good News

A few days ago I wrote about how cancer is associated with the depletion of the human biome and subsequent chronic low-grade inflammation.  The news is grim indeed.  But today, I am posting about something at least a little positive on the cancer front.  Very exciting research is showing that by manipulating the bacterial microbiome, … More More on the Microbiome and Cancer: This Time Good News

Allergies, Asthma, Antibiotics, Antacids…and Children

About 20 years ago, I was sitting in a waiting room at a doctor’s office and spotted an article in one of the magazines (maybe Time or Newsday?) on the coffee table that described recent research that showed that antibiotic use in the first 3 months of life was associated with an increased risk of … More Allergies, Asthma, Antibiotics, Antacids…and Children