Category Archives: diseases

Reductions in Biodiversity Can Raise Disease Risk: USF

The world is all about biodiversity.

Research by University of South Florida (USF) biologists and colleagues show that having an abundance and diversity of predators - such as dragonflies, damselflies, and aquatic bugs - to eat parasites is good for the health of amphibians, a group of Continue reading

 

Antibiotics Trigger New Communities of Harmful Bacteria

stomachMost people have taken an antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection.

Now researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of San Diego, La Jolla, reveal that the way we often think about antibiotics - as straightforward killing machines - needs to be revised.

The research not only adds a new dimension to how we treat infections, but also might change our understanding of why bacteria produce antibiotics in the first place.
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Vitamin D May Prevent Diabetes

Photo Credit Ma Guihua

Photo Credit Ma Guihua

Do you take vitamin D?

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, two illnesses that commonly occur together and are the most common cause of illness and death in Western countries.

Both disorders are rooted in chronic inflammation, Continue reading

 

Obesity Key in Sparking Autoimmune Diseases

chid-obesity_副本Obesity has been linked to many chronic diseases. But this is not all.

A study reveals that obesity is also a primary environmental factor sparking disorders like Crohn’s Disease and multiple sclerosis.

Autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s Disease and multiple sclerosis, in which the immune system attacks its own body rather than predatory
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Lyme Disease Treatment Costs up to $1.3 bln A Year

Lyme_副本Lyme disease, transmitted by a bite from a tick infected by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, had long been considered easy to treat, usually requiring a single doctor’s visit and a few weeks of antibiotics for most people.

But new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed Continue reading

 

Inflammation Linked with Type 2 Diabetes: Yale

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How does insulin resistance happen among those with type 2 diabetes?

Yale researcher have identified the molecular mechanism by which insulin normally inhibits production of glucose by the liver and why this process stops working in patients with type 2 diabetes, leading to hyperglycemia. Continue reading