Should I lay off from salt?

There has been a marked increase in the incidence of autoimmune diseases in the last half-century. While the underlying genetic basis of this class of diseases has recently been elucidated implicating predominantly immune response genes1, changes in environmental factors must ultimately be driving this increase. The newly identified population of interleukin (IL)-17 producing CD4+ helper T …

A scientific overview on mold exposure

A great variety of non-specific symptoms may occur in patients living or working in moisture-damaged buildings. In the beginning, these symptoms are usually reversible, mild, and present irritation of mucosa and increased morbidity due to respiratory tract infections and asthma-like symptoms. Later, the disease may become chronic and a patient is referred to a doctor …

Gut Bacteria Travel To Other Organs To Trigger Autoimmune Disease

Despite multiple associations between the microbiota and immune diseases, their role in autoimmunity is poorly understood. We found that translocation of a gut pathobiont, Enterococcus gallinarum, to the liver and other systemic tissues triggers autoimmune responses in a genetic background predisposing to autoimmunity. Antibiotic treatment prevented mortality in this model, suppressed growth of E. gallinarum in tissues, and …

Arachidonic acid leads to atherosclerosis

Diet is known to have an important impact on cardiovascular health. n-3 fatty acids, found in high quantity in fish oil, have demonstrated beneficial effects in patients with coronary artery disease. The role of n-6 fatty acids remains more controversial. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of arachidonic acid (AA), an …