News and notes December

Intestinal bacteria and link to Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis patients do not have the same bacteria in their intestines as healthy people. Specific intestinal bacteria produce certain fatty acids that we cannot form ourselves, and a substance called urolithin.

“If the observations can be confirmed in independent studies, the next step will be to initiate treatment trials, for example with an anti-inflammatory, green diet and a cocktail of next-generation probiotics, which also regulate the immune competence.'

~ Professor Oluf Borbye Pedersen from the University of Copenhagen

Intestinal bacteria and link to Multiple Sclerosis

‘To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear ~ Buddha

Angels fly, G.k. Chesterton

Could omega-3 fatty acids cause hair loss in humans?

I am intrigued by a study from Iowa and published in Cell
Reports. The way fatty acids interact with the body is complicated. When omega-3 fish oil was introduced in the diet of mice, the fatty acid accumulated in the mice’s skin, triggering an immune response causing hair loss. Have we overlooked something?

Woman with flowers in hair

Radiation doesn’t affect survival for breast cancer patients

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that many older cancer patients (70 years or older) may not need radiation and can go without it after surgery without harming their overall survival.

Those who received the radiation had a 0.9% risk of local recurrence.

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