New Study Links Gut Bacteria and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
“Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have a different profile of bacterial species in their gut microbiome than healthy individuals,” said the study’s senior author, Maureen Hanson.
Love your gut bugs
Biologists are shining a scientific spotlight on previously neglected inhabitants of our bodies. The 100tn bacteria that populate an average adult, living mainly in the guts, should be treated with more respect, recent research shows, because they play a vital role in maintaining human health.
Gut bacteria balance may affect your appetite
Over the last half decade, it has become increasingly clear that the normal gastrointestinal (GI) bacteria play a variety of very important roles in the biology of human and animals. Now Vic Norris of the University of Rouen, France, and coauthors propose yet another role for GI bacteria: that they exert some control over their hosts' appetites.
Flu virus sweeps NZ
The best protection against an influenza strain which is reaching epidemic levels in New Zealand is the vaccine, but even that is not 100 per cent effective, a virologist warns, so Immunecare suggests that if you have the vaccination, boost your immune system with Lactoferrin Xtra too. This works by preventing viruses entering human cells, and so slowing their replication. A recent study by the National Institute of Health in Rome, Italy showed that Lactoferrin inhibited both H1N1 and H3N2 viruses.
Patrick Strudwick talks about SIBO
Those of you who have had telephone consultations with the Helpline Team here at Immunecare may have heard us talking about SIBO - Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth as an alternative diagnosis for some cases of IBS. We have recognised this for years, and it is now becoming more to the forefront.
Scientists recognise anti viral ability of Lactoferrin
Lactoferrin, a multifunctional iron binding glycoprotein, plays an important role in immune regulation and defence mechanisms against bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Britain rolls out bowel cancer screening programme
Bowel cancer is also known as colon, rectal or colorectal cancer. The lining of the bowel is made of cells that are constantly being renewed. Sometimes these cells grow too quickly, forming a clump known as a bowel polyp or an adenoma. Polyps are usually benign. Although they are not bowel cancers they can change into a malignant cancer over a number of years. A malignant cancer is when cancer cells spread beyond the original site and into other parts of the body.
Aussie scientists recognise role of Lactoferrin
The Laboratory of Immunology and Molecular Biomedical Research in Australia notes that amongst its antibacterial and antiviral roles, Lactoferrin has the capacity to induce apoptosis (programmed cancer cell death) and inhibit proliferation in cancer cells as well as restore white and red blood cell levels after chemotherapy.
19 different types of germs in restrooms
University of Colorado germ researchers gathered a smattering of samples in public bathrooms on the campus and found 19 types of bacteria lurking inside. And while it's no surprise that they found germs on bathroom surfaces, their discoveries reveal that not everybody is washing hands.
Probiotics protect cancer patients from radiation effects
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that taking a probiotic before radiation therapy can protect the intestine from damage — at least in mice.
The new study suggests that taking a probiotic also may help cancer patients avoid intestinal injury, a common problem in those receiving radiation therapy for abdominal cancers. The research is published online in the journal Gut.
Clever bacteria A recent intriguing finding from the Human microbiome Project is that babies born through Caesarean sections apparently miss out on acquiring their mothers' microbiota.
CFS not caused by XMRV virus as recently thought
The role of virus -- XMRV known for causing chronic fatigue syndrome is under doubt again. According to a new study the syndrome which is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), has turned out be laboratory malfunction and it says that XMRV does not cause infection in humans. The discovery is major setback for the scientists who said to have found the evidences to link the virus with the disease.
Human race gained strong immune system from interbreeding with Neanderthals
A study has suggested that had it not been for the Neanderthals the human race would not have survived or developed a strong immune system.
What causes bloating?
Waistband suddenly feeling tight? It might not just be that you’ve eaten too much.
Parents with autistic first child face one in five risk of sibling developing disorder
Parents of a child with autism face a risk of almost one in five that their next child will also develop the disorder, say researchers.
Is colonic hydrotherapy just money down the drain?
Lying on a coach in a therapist’s treatment room, events organiser Tamily Cookson was not enjoying her first ever experience of colonic irrigation.
Employers should show more understanding to employees with IBD
Judith Cave, 53, of Stanwick, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in April 1999, about six months after she first started to feel unwell with an upset stomach.
Flu cases on the rise in Australia
Australia will struggle to reduce skyrocketing influenza rates this winter unless workers heed warnings not to go to work when infected.
DHA in the womb may fortify baby’s immune system
BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Pregnant moms who take DHA supplements may help fortify the immune system of their babies and give them some protection against common colds, a new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests.
Link between Celiac and Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes and the food intolerance disorder celiac disease appear to share a common genetic origin, UK research suggests.
Bowel cancer rate doubles for men due to bad diet and ageing populatio
More than one in 15 men are at risk of developing the disease compared with one in 29 in 1975.
Bowel research breakthrough in Christchurch hospital
Christchurch Hospital has become the first in the world to create contracting muscle bowel cells - taking science a step closer to creating a human small intestine.
Why do I get reflux late at night?
Reflux of acid in the oesophagus is caused either by excessive acid in the stomach or decreased emptying of the stomach,
Three simple steps to help your Gastrointestinal system
Here are three easy things you can do to help your Gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
What pregnant mothers should know about Probiotics
It is important for pregnant mothers to develop a balanced ecosystem for the baby that is going to be coming through the birth canal.
Probiotics key in tackling C.difficile
A US medical expert has highlighted the potential benefits of using probiotics to treat Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea (CDAD).
Daily probiotic supplements may improve digestive health
Taking probiotic supplements on a daily basis may improve digestive health, according to a new study from Danisco and Fonterra.
Leaky gut found to be a major contributory factor in Celiac disease
Celiac disease, according to estimates, affects approximately three million Americans and as of yet, 97% haven't been correctly diagnosed. As staggering as these statistics are, celiac disease remains largely poorly understood by the medical community. It's no wonder, given its lack of research as compared with other autoimmune disorders. However, there is research being actively conducted in the U.S. and internationally in a quest to understand the pathogenesis, or the cause and development of the disease. With this information, more about celiac disease, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment can come to light.
Can low calorie diet defeat diabetes?
The form of diabetes that blights the lives of millions of middle-aged Britons could be wiped out by cutting calories severely for just two months, research suggests.
Scientists come closer to defining benefits of probiotics
The digestive health benefits offered by probiotics are now better understood following the publication of new research from University College Cork.
Bowel cancer screening should be extended
The digestive health of people from all walks of life should be considered when planning bowel cancer screening programmes, according to a University of Edinburgh professor.
Immune health news: Scientists discover new cancer treatment
Individuals who take action to improve their immune health in a bid to prevent the onset of disease could be interested in new scientific developments regarding cancer treatment.
Unique probiotic strains trigger very different immune responses
They used a series of immune markers such as T-cell counts in testing a range of strains supplied by Winclove BioIndustries and found immune modulation greatly differed among the selected probiotic types.
Olive oil in diet could prevent stroke
Health-conscious people who eat a nutritious diet containing olive oil could limit the chance of a stroke, a new study has claimed.
New link between MMR and autism?
New American research shows that there could be a link between the controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children.
Early testing could limit risk of celiac disease
Individuals showing the early symptoms of digestive health condition celiac disease have been advised to seek medical attention.
Diabetes is first pandemic of 21st century
People looking to maintain their digestive health could be interested to hear the latest developments surrounding type 2 diabetes.
US clinic pioneers new diabetes treatment
Diabetes patients in the US could see a change in medication after scientists discovered an alternative treatment.
Scientists discover new treatment for colon cancer
People looking to protect their digestive health in a bid to prevent colon cancer could be interested to hear about new scientific developments.
Persistent heartburn could lead to Barrett’s oesophagus
Individuals concerned about their digestive health should seek medical attention if they suffer from regular bouts of heartburn, an expert has advised.
Virtual therapy could help IBS sufferers
People suffering from the painful side effects of digestive health condition irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) could benefit from online therapy.
Children with autoimmune disorders should be tested for Celiac
Children suffering from autoimmune disorders should be tested for digestive health issue celiac disease, an expert has claimed.
Heartburn could be affected by lifestyle choices
People who suffer from heartburn on a regular basis could take simple steps to improving their digestive health, an expert has claimed.
Naltrexone could relieve pain in Crohn’s disease
Patients living with digestive health issue Crohn's disease could find relief from a new medication, experts have suggested.
Poor digestive health could lead to depression
Bacteria found in the gut as a result of poor digestive health could be linked to depression, a new study has suggested.
Kiwi fruit could improve immune health
Eating kiwi fruit could provide people with a boost to their immune health due to the high levels of antioxidants contained in the fruit, a new study has revealed.
Stomach ulcer bacterium could lead to Parkinson’s
Bacteria found in the stomach as a result of stomach ulcers could be responsible for the development of Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.
Probiotics could protect against Ulcerative Colitis
People who are concerned about maintaining good digestive health could increase their consumption of probiotics in a bid to limit the risk of contracting ulcerative colitis.
Balanced diet ‘could limit risk of dementia’
People who maintain good digestive health by eating a balanced diet could reduce their chances of developing dementia in old age, an expert has suggested.
IBS symptoms ‘can be managed’
People who suffer from painful digestive health condition irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) could ease the symptoms by making small changes to their diet, an expert has claimed.