Immunology

A Biological Reason For Body Paint?

Some indigenous peoples wear body paint, and most most of the indigenous communities who paint their bodies live in areas where there is an abundance of bloodsucking horseflies, mosquitoes or tsetse flies.  Where insects bite people there is a risk of bact ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 17 2019 - 12:32pm

Of Microbes And Milk Allergies

In the past 30 years, food allergies have become increasingly common in the United States. Changes to human genetics can’t explain the sudden rise. That is because it takes many generations for changes to spread that widely within a population. Perhaps th ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 23 2019 - 10:00am

Diseases In Sneezes: Just How Well Do They Transmit?

When a sneeze happens, around 100,000 contagious germs for things like the common cold, influenza and tuberculosis move through the air at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.  It sounds scary, but there are numerous environmental factors that impact the ac ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 23 2019 - 3:44pm

Gene Editing May Soon Be Able To Remove Gluten Genes, Making Wheat Safe For Celiac Patients

One to two percent of people have celiac disease, and the first thing they will tell you is that it is not a fad diet, no matter how many books or Dr. Oz segments tout gluten-free. To celiac patients, it is like poison and the replacements for gluten often ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 25 2019 - 5:47pm

You Don't Have Stomach Flu

Like " I had insomnia last night" and "I am so OCD", medical terms often become colloquial. So it is with people who say they had a "stomach flu." There are stomach virusus, but what many people commonly call “stomach flu” isn ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 28 2019 - 6:26pm

Raw Milk Linked To Possible Bacterial Infections In 19 States

Raw milk sold by Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Quarryville, Pennsylvania and laced with Brucella strain RB51 has been linked to exposures in 19 states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Raw milk, a recent trend by organic food lovers, ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 12 2019 - 8:01pm

The Human Role In Spread Of 90 Percent Of Hospital Infections

People treated in hospitals and other health care settings are increasingly at risk of infection with multidrug-resistant bacteria. Many of these microbes produce enzymes called extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), which make them resistant to antibioti ...

Article - News Staff - May 31 2019 - 8:12am

Kids With Pneumonia Get Too Many Antibiotics And Chest X-Rays

Health care has become political and that means everyone wants everything for little money, at least when it comes to their own treatment or those in their family. The other edge of the political sword is lawyers waiting to sue, which has led to high malpr ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 4 2019 - 12:55pm

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Have A 66% Greater Risk Of Respiratory Cancer

A 65-year follow-up study of 6,883 patients with Multiple Sclerosis suggests they have a greater overall risk of developing cancer than the general population, with an especially high risk of cancer in respiratory organs, urinary organs and the central ne ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 1 2019 - 11:12am

SLIT Therapy for Treating Peanut Allergy

Edwin Kim, M.D., and colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new and effective treatment for patients suffering from peanut allergy. The treatment is called sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT, and involves the adminis ...

Blog Post - Scott Beers - Sep 6 2019 - 2:23pm