Vitamin A—Directing Traffic

Vitamin A—Directing Traffic

A key vitamin in cell growth, Vitamin A, or retinoids, has been used to treat every thing from skin maladies to leukemia. This antioxidant is found the things we eat including animal and plant forms. The plant version is known as beta-carotene. Most of the time we eat enough Vitamin A rich foods to satisfy […]

Serotonin-The Mind-Body Connection

Serotonin-The Mind-Body Connection

You may have heard of Serotonin in the context of depression. In fact, treatment with antidepressants balances out this neurotransmitter for many people. We think about serotonin as only a brain neurotransmitter, but recent research says that it also operates as a hormone and can be found in the intestines! That’s right. Researchers at Caltech […]

Tobacco Smoke Makes “Superbug” More Super

Tobacco Smoke Makes “Superbug” More Super

If you’re a smoker, quit now! No? Need some more incentive? Because smelling bad, premature aging, and of course cancer aren’t enough, a new study at the University of California, San Diego, has shown that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), when exposed to tobacco smoke, became even more of a super bug. MRSA is a a bacterium […]

The Word on Potions-MRSA Be Gone!!

The Word on Potions-MRSA Be Gone!!

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has fallen victim to a “potion” taken from an Old English Text believed to be one of the first true medical books! Harry Potter this is not, however the concoction worked! A team of researchers and microbiologists, from the UK and US tested the recipe in cells and in mice and […]

Alligator Blood Fighting “Super-Bugs”

Alligator Blood Fighting “Super-Bugs”

Alligators have been around a while. Millions of years in fact and not just because they are stealthy hunters with sharp teeth, a violent death roll, and tough skin. Chemists in 2008 found that alligator blood contains antibacterial properties. The serum of the blood of an alligator was shown to kill 23 different types of […]

Crohn’s Disease- Diet and Nutrition, Medicine of Choice

Crohn’s Disease- Diet and Nutrition, Medicine of Choice

With so many people concerned about their diet, it is no surprise that research continues on how to treat disease with the foods we eat, or don’t eat. The intestines and their inhabitants, our bacteria, or microbiome, have a tremendous impact on our immune system. Researchers at Newcastle University in England and University of Michigan […]

Mucus Barrier May be Key to a Healthier Colon

Mucus Barrier May be Key to a Healthier Colon

 The mucus layer inside your colon is a strong defense against gut bacteria that can do your colon harm. Inflammation, ulcerative colitis, and overall health of the colon depends largely on that mucus barrier but now scientists have determined the gut microbiota also play a key roll.  Two groups of pathogen free mice were studied […]

Meningitis-Iron Gladiators Slay Scavengers

Meningitis-Iron Gladiators Slay Scavengers

Meningitis-Iron Gladiators Slay Scavengers Fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, and a rash could be flu symptoms. But the give-away could be the rash for a case of bacterial meningitis. Meningitis is a life threatening inflammation of the protective covering of the brain and spinal cord, and can be caused by several things. In this […]