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     Porphyromonas gingivalis is the pathogen responsible for chronic periodontitis (CP) or gingivitis. A prospective observational study of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and active CP showed a notable decline in cognition (Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive and Mini Mental State Examination scales) during a six month period compared to AD patients without active CP.

     Tyler Clites holds a BS in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering from Harvard (2014) and a PhD from Harvard//MIT program in Health Sciences and Technology (2018). Presently he is a Post Doc in the Biomechatronics group at the MIT Media Lab where his research focuses on the development of novel techniques for limb amputation surgery with the goal of improving the connection between the biological body and a synthetic limb. The approach is known as the agonist-antagonist myoneural interface (AMI).

     Neuronal loss/destruction is the leading cause of symptoms in patients suffering from neural injury or neurodegenerative disorders.

Following neural insult astrocytes proliferate and become active glial cells to form glial scarring in order to protect neighboring tissue from further damage.
An interesting study examining the relationship between push-up capacity and incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) was recently published in JAMA Network Open .

     Two Studies in Europe have concluded that gut microbes can affect mood and/or depression. One , a study led by Jeroen Raes, a microbiologist at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, studied 1054 people. Within this group 173 people either had been diagnosed with depression or had done poorly on a quality of life survey.  The microbiomes of these people were compared to those of the other participants. Two kinds of microbes Coprococcus and Dialister were missing from the microbiomes of the depressed subjects but not from the others.