Archive for October, 2010

Repeated use of an antibiotic that is considered generally benign – because users seldom incur obvious side effects – induces cumulative and persistent changes in the composition of the beneficial microbial species (e.g. probiotic bacteria) inhabiting the human gut, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found. By a conservative estimate, something like […] – Bacteria in the mouth and/or intestines can affect the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and lead to new treatment strategies, according to new research findings from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The results are to be published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS. “The causes of atherosclerosis have recently become […] – Sulforaphane, the powerful anti-cancer agent in broccoli, can be released from its parent compound by bacteria in the lower gut and absorbed into the body, according to a University of Illinois study. “This discovery raises the possibility that we will be able to enhance the activity of these bacteria in the colon, increasing […]

Low testosterone levels seem to be linked to a heightened risk of premature death from heart disease and all causes, suggests research published online in Heart. The finding refutes received wisdom that the hormone is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The researchers base their findings on 930 men, all of whom had coronary artery […] – Medical researchers have for the first time shown a link between a father’s weight and diet at the time of conception and an increased risk of diabetes in his offspring. The finding, reported in the prestigious journal Nature, is the first in any species to show that paternal exposure to a high-fat diet […]

A child’s risk of developing food allergies can be traced back to the season during which he or she completes their first three months of life in the womb – the first trimester of pregnancy – suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The Finnish researchers base their findings on […]