Category: Cardiovascular Disease

Your Annual New Year’s Resolution Reminder: Eat a Healthy Diet

Since eating a healthy diet is the most important factor in maintaining a healthy and happy inner biome, I thought I’d catch you up on some of the latest papers out there. I spotted another “most popular medical stories of 2018” article on Medical…

Senescence, Aging…and the Microbiome: Part 2

As I promised last Thursday, I’ll finish talking about the article[i] on aging, the microbiome,  and senescence today. A quick summary of my last post:  the evidence currently available points to a depletion of the microbiota as we age (from diet (for example, older…

Senescence, Aging…and the Microbiome: Part 1

Yesterday evening, I read about a study[i] done by scientists at the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK, that fascinated me enough that it sent me into one of my I-can’t-stop-reading jags. First, a brief explanation:  senescent cells are old cells that have lost…

Interesting Bits and Pieces About Autism, Akkermansia and More Things You Can Do Now

I know you were all missing your Tuesday post from me. 🙂  I was on my way home from Florida, where we saw my son’s autism doctor. So with autism on my mind, I thought I’d share a little article[i] I found today that…

Depression and the Microbiome: A Brief Update

A few days ago, the website Psychiatry Advisor, had a very nice review article[i] of our current understanding of probiotics’ effects on depression. I’ve written about this before, obviously, but want to always keep you updated on all the latest.  Besides, this is also…

Stress, Inflammation and the Human Biome

Today’s post hits a little too close to home.  I just read about a fascinating study done at Ohio State University that highlights something about which I am only too personally aware:  the effects of stress on health.[i] In this particular case, researchers were…

Omega 3s – The Controversy…or Another Judy Rant

I’m back raving and ranting about bad science writing. (And here, you thought I’d said my piece a few weeks ago, when I carried on about fake news in science!) Sorry.  I need an outlet to vent, and this is it.  Lucky you. A…

Healthy Aging and the Microbiome

I really liked this summary article on Medical Net about the bacterial microbiome through the aging process.[i]  It is certainly worth a post, as all of us are getting older every day!  🙂 Highlights: Multiple factors can lead to dysbiosis as we age: Poor…

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,…

Omega 3 Every Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Eighteen or so years ago, maybe 3 years after my son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism, I was sitting at a conference listening to a lecture on omega 3 fatty acids.  The talk really stuck with me for many reasons, especially when the speaker…

Bits and Pieces…

I’m really tired today and my brain is definitely even weirder than usual. (I was up about 10 times last night, and when I’d doze off, I kept dreaming of ways to fix the newest Star Wars movie (Rogue One) which we watched last…

Gut Bugs and Metabolic Syndrome

According to JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), 35% of Americans now have metabolic syndrome (and 50% of those over 60 years old).[i]  Holy cow!  How’s that for incredible (and depressing) statistics?!  Well, how interesting for us gut-bug-lovers to learn that it looks…