Malicious brain cell identified

Surprising finding fills gap in understanding astrocytes’ role in brain disease SANFORD BURNHAM PREBYS MEDICAL DISCOVERY INSTITUTE Astrocytes–the star-shaped cells of our brain–are very busy. Their job description includes maintaining the blood-brain barrier, removing excess neurotransmitters, repairing brain tissue and […]

Vicious circle leads to loss of brain cells in old age

Researchers at the University of Bonn determine how dangerous inflammations in the brain are caused UNIVERSITY OF BONN The so-called CB1 receptor is responsible for the intoxicating effect of cannabis. However, it appears to act also as a kind of “sensor” […]

Gum disease treatment may improve symptoms in cirrhosis patients

Study finds routine oral care alters gut bacteria and reduces inflammation and cognitive problems AMERICAN PHYSIOLOGICAL SOCIETY Rockville, Md. (August 29, 2018)–Routine oral care to treat gum disease (periodontitis) may play a role in reducing inflammation and toxins in the […]

New target could prevent progression of liver damage to cancer

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Aug. 27, 2018) – Problems like obesity and alcoholism appear to chronically trigger in the liver a receptor known to amplify inflammation in response to invaders like bacteria, scientists report. The relentless, increased activity of TREM-1 in turn […]

New research reveals how the body clock controls inflammation

Researchers at RCSI and Trinity College Dublin have revealed insights into how the body clock controls the inflammatory response, which may open up new therapeutic options to treat excess inflammation in conditions such as asthma, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. By understanding […]

Cellular changes lead to chronic allergic inflammation in the sinus

Chronic rhinosinusitis is distinct from your average case of seasonal allergies. It causes the sinuses to become inflamed and swollen for months to years at a time, leading to difficulty breathing and other symptoms that make patients feel miserable. In […]

New biomarkers of inflammation identified as risk of polyneuropathy

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER DIABETESFORSCHUNG DZD Polyneuropathy is one of the most common complications in people with diabetes. However, it can also occur with certain risk factors or diseases before the onset of diabetes. First symptoms are often pins-and-needles sensations in […]

Double discovery reveals insights behind brain degeneration

Research discoveries revealing the genetic causes of neurological degeneration could be a key to slowing the progression of devastating diseases. A research team led by Dr Marija Kojic and Professor Brandon Wainwright from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular […]

Study identifies a link between antidepressant treatment resistance and inflammation

Researchers at Emory University have found that depressed patients who have not responded to multiple antidepressants exhibit evidence of increased inflammation. Findings were recently published online in the journal, Psychoneuroendocrinology. Levels of inflammation can be easily measured by simple blood tests, like […]