The Evolution of Uterine Transplants

The Evolution of Uterine Transplants

The recent announcement of the first uterine transplant (UT) to take place in the United States is the latest success in an exciting saga of medical progress. Uterine transplantation is a surgical procedure whereby a healthy uterus is transplanted into a woman whose own uterus is infertile or who was born without a uterus. FBR has compiled a […]

Chronic Inflammation Shows Greater Colon Cancer Spread in Mice

Chronic Inflammation Shows Greater Colon Cancer Spread in Mice

A new study in mice is proving that inflammation triggers colon cancer to spread and metastasize. Prostaglandin E2, or PGE2 is a pro-inflammatory bioactive fat, or lipid, found in colon, lung, breast, head and neck cancers. When high levels of PGE2 are found in cancer, it often indicates a poor prognosis. PGE2 normally activates when […]

Stress Sensors-Same For Rats And Humans

Stress Sensors-Same For Rats And Humans

Ok, let’s talk biology for a minute. Chronic pain, stress, immune system, mood and emotions are all controlled by the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal pathway otherwise known as the HPA Axis. The adrenal glands, in particular, are responsible for releasing cortisol into the blood stream in times of stress. Long term stress and higher cortisol levels can lead […]

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 […]

The Gut-Brain Connection-Bacterial Cognition

The Gut-Brain Connection-Bacterial Cognition

Yet more evidence continues to support the use of probiotics connected to learning, memory, and now anxiety. Researchers at the University of Cork in Ireland have compared two different types of Bifidobacterium and how they affect mouse behavior. In skill tests of object recognition, and spatial learning and memory, the mice that were given Bifidobacterium […]

IBD And The Switchboard

IBD And The Switchboard

Calling all IBD sufferers; you know, those with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. That miserable feeling could be due to missed connection by a protein called MyD88. Researchers at the University of Utah are looking into how mice with IBD get sicker when they are without active signals from MyD88. Classic symptoms of inflammation and […]