Gastroenterology

No immunoglobulin A leads to intestinal inflammation in mice

While researchers have known for years that immunoglobulin A (IgA) is important for gut health, it has remained unclear exactly what role it plays in preventing infection and disease. But now, researchers from Japan have ...

Medical research

Fungi that live in the gut influence health and disease

Bacteria's role in gut health has received a lot of attention in recent years. But new research led by scientists at University of Utah Health shows that fungi—another microorganism that lives within us—may be equally ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Hops show promise in treating liver disease

Research by Oregon State University suggests a pair of compounds originating from hops can help thwart a dangerous buildup of fat in the liver known as hepatic steatosis.

Health

Plant-based diet protects from hypertension, preeclampsia

A plant-based diet appears to afford significant protection to rats bred to become hypertensive on a high-salt diet, scientists report. When the rats become pregnant, the whole grain diet also protects the mothers and their ...

Immunology

Vaccine efficacy is a 'gut reaction'

Varying immune response to vaccinations could be countered with microbiota-targeted interventions helping infants, older people and others to take full advantage of the benefits of effective vaccines, Australian and US experts ...

Overweight & Obesity

A baby's gut bacteria may predict future obesity

New research into the growing problem of early childhood obesity suggests the bacteria in a baby's gut may indicate weight problems in the years to come.

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