A new line of defence deployed by the immune system against bacteria has been identified in a University of Queensland study. The new understanding of one of the body’s immune defence mechanisms could lead to the development of novel therapeutic targets for conditions such as cancer and autoimmune diseases. “Bacteria are often quickly killed by… Read more

A high-fat diet depletes beneficial bacteria and increases the levels of “bad” bacteria in the oesophagus microbiota, researchers from University of New South Wales have found. First author Dr Nadeem Kaakoush says two other interesting things were observed: “The high-fat diet drops the levels of Lactobacillus species, well known to be beneficial and form part… Read more

Exercise or psychological therapy is more effective than medications at reducing cancer related fatigue, and should be recommended first to patients, according to University of Rochester researchers. Karen Mustian, associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center department of surgery’s Cancer Control Program, says: “If a cancer patient is having trouble with fatigue, rather… Read more

Possible health risks of acrylamide, a chemical formed when starchy foods are subjected to a high temperature, are being highlighted by the U.K. Food Standards Agency. Browned toast and potatoes are two examples of foods being cautioned against. The recommendation is to “Go for Gold“, in other words, when frying, baking, toasting or roasting starchy… Read more

A handful of large studies of cancer risk factors have found that working the night shift, as nearly 15 percent of Americans do, boosts the chances of developing cancer. MIT biologists have now found a link that may explain this heightened risk. In humans and most other organisms, a circadian clock governed by light regulates… Read more