Tagged: immune system

A gut bacterium’s guide to building a microbiome

The mammalian gut is warm, moist, and incredibly nutrient-rich—an environment that is perfect for bacterial growth. The communities of “good bacteria” in the gut, commonly referred to as the microbiome, are vital partners for...

Measles explained

Measles is a highly infectious illness caused by the rubeola virus. Also known as rubeola or morbilli, measles is an endemic disease, meaning it is continually present in a community, and many people develop...

Inflammation trains the skin to heal faster

Scars may fade, but the skin remembers. New research from The Rockefeller University reveals that wounds or other harmful, inflammation-provoking experiences impart long-lasting memories to stem cells residing in the skin, teaching them to...

Researchers uncover drain pipes in our brains

By scanning the brains of healthy volunteers, researchers at the National Institutes of Health saw the first, long-sought evidence that our brains may drain some waste out through lymphatic vessels, the body’s sewer system....

Owning a cat can lead to mental health problems

If you’re prone to sudden bursts of anger, it could be your cat’s fault. A new study has found that people with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) – characterised by explosive bouts of rage –...