Category Archives: Gezondheid

How a healthy microbiome could supercharge the body’s natural cancer-fighting cells

How a healthy microbiome could supercharge the body’s natural cancer-fighting cells Nick Lavars July 1st, 2019 The ways in which the communities of bacteria living within our bodies influence our overall well-being are becoming better understood all the time, and with that better understanding comes potential new ways to intervene for better health outcomes. Adding to this is a new… Read more »

Restoring missing gut bacteria a potential cure for food allergies

A study by a team of scientists from Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests food allergies can be triggered in infants by a lack of certain gut bacteria. As well as identifying which bacteria in human subjects are key to protecting against the onset of food allergies, a subsequent mouse study revealed a specific probiotic cocktail can… Read more »

Phone-connected device detects bacterial toxins in water

Potentially fatal to both animals and humans, blue-green algae blooms occur when overly-abundant cyanobacteria in the water produce harmful substances known as cyanotoxins. The sooner those toxins are detected, the better – which is where a new smartphone-connected device comes into the picture. Ordinarily, when officials are checking for the early signs of algae blooms in lakes or rivers, they… Read more »

Emotional temperament in babies associated with specific gut bacteria species

Rich Haridy June 19th, 2019 A new study from the University of Turku has uncovered interesting associations between an infant’s gut microbiome composition at the age of 10 weeks, and the development of certain temperament traits at six months age. The research does not imply causation but instead adds to a compelling growing body of evidence connecting gut bacteria with… Read more »

Your Environment Is Cleaner. Your Immune System Has Never Been So Unprepared.

A century ago, British scientists suggested a link between increased hygiene and allergic conditions — the first hint that our immune systems are becoming improperly “trained.” Excerpted from “An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System,” published on Tuesday by William Morrow. Should you pick your nose? Don’t laugh. Scientifically, it’s an interesting question. Should your children pick… Read more »

Probioticum beschermt tegen griep

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Dat probiotica inderdaad de immuniteit kunnen versterken, werd nogmaals aangetoond in een Spaanse studie. Artsen gaven een probioticum aan 60 zestigplussers die enkele maanden voordien gevaccineerd waren tegen het griepvirus. Drie maanden later werden de effecten ervan in het bloed gemeten. De immuniteit voor het H3N2-griepvirus verbeterde. In het bloed werden meer antilichamen tegen het virus gevonden, dat zijn stoffen… Read more »

How gut bacteria controls gene expression through “interspecies communication”

Imagine a tiny microbe living inside you with the power to control the activity of your DNA. Scientists are increasingly discovering how much control our gut bacteria may actually have over us, with a new study describing how individual bacteria can secrete a molecule that literally turns genes off or on. Epigenetics is a field of study looking at what mechanisms… Read more »