Bacteria may be already defending you against flu

Bacteria may be already defending you against flu

Influenza virus, the causative agent of flu, primarily targets the respiratory tract and infects epithelial cells here. The epithelial cells of the nose and throat are enveloped by complex bacterial communities, leading Foxman and colleagues to hypothesize that this respiratory microbiome might interact with the virus – and could play...

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High-fat diet is bad for both younger males and females

High-fat diet is bad for both younger males and females

There’s more evidence that a high-fat diet is bad for both younger males and females, but exactly how it’s harmful may differ between the sexes, scientists report. While they hypothesized that high-fat fare would be harder on males, they found that in just four weeks both young male and female...

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A genetic variant predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis, maybe you have it yourself.

A genetic variant predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis, maybe you have it yourself.

Scientists have discovered a genetic variant that predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis. It’s surprisingly common—but if you carry it, you likely will never know. The research also revealed genetic mutations that rob the immune system of its ability to combat more ubiquitous germs of the same bacterial family,...

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Hair growth products? The hair follicles you have as an adult are the ones you were born with

Hair growth products? The hair follicles you have as an adult are the ones you were born with

Researchers have discovered how hair follicles emerge from seemingly uniform skin cells during embryonic development. The discovery could lead to strategies for regenerating lost hair follicles in adults. To gain insight into early hair follicle development, the researchers combined the study of genetically engineered mouse models with single-cell RNA methods...

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A common food additive could trigger celiac disease?

A common food additive could trigger celiac disease?

Myths about gluten are hard to bust. Intolerance, allergy, sensitivity, hypersensitivity. What is what? Celiac disease is none of these things. It is an autoimmune disorder, where gluten triggers the immune system to attack the gut. It is common, lifelong, and can seriously harm health – but nobody knows for...

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Do you want to sleep better, save money and lose weight? Try ‘Dry January’

Do you want to sleep better, save money and lose weight? Try ‘Dry January’

New research from the University of Sussex shows that taking part in Dry January – abstaining from booze for a month – sees people regaining control of their drinking, having more energy, better skin and losing weight. They also report drinking less months later. The research, led by Sussex psychologist...

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If you want to quit smoking, you should also think about quitting alcohol

If you want to quit smoking, you should also think about quitting alcohol

If quitting smoking is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might want to consider cutting back on your drinking, too. New research has found that heavy drinkers who are trying to stop smoking may find that reducing their alcohol use can also help them quit their daily smoking habit....

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Sadness and anger are associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor health

Sadness and anger are associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor health

Negative mood—such as sadness and anger—is associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor health, report researchers. The investigators found that negative mood measured multiple times a day over time is associated with higher levels of inflammatory biomarkers. This extends prior research showing that clinical...

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Why the clean-plate phenomenon makes us to eat more than we should?

Why the clean-plate phenomenon makes us to eat more than we should?

New research looks at the tendency to overeat when we only have a little bit of food left over—and how we justify it by convincing ourselves that it’s not as unhealthy as it is. “Many of us were raised with this ‘clean your plate’ mentality, stemming from a desire to...

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Why do some people’s teeth stain after drinking red wine—and how can you prevent it?

Why do some people’s teeth stain after drinking red wine—and how can you prevent it?

Why do some people’s teeth stain after drinking red wine—and how can you prevent it while enjoying a glass or two during the holidays? The answer lies in understanding the relationship between the nature of wine and your tooth enamel, says Uchenna Akosa, a dentist who heads Rutgers University Health...

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