ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Studies Struggle to Gauge Glucosamine's Worth
Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder
CANCER
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
DIET, NUTRITION
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
The Raw Food Diet
Coffee Beans May Be Newest Stress-Buster
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study Reveals
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
EYE CARE, VISION
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Keep Fire Safety in Mind as You Celebrate
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Natural Therapies for Menopause
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response

THURSDAY, Oct. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified specific types of bacteria in the intestine that trigger the creation of pro-inflammatory immune cells.

The finding may help in the development of new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease and other conditions, said the scientists at the New York University Langone Medical Center.

Gut bacteria have many roles, including aiding in digestion and protecting against harmful bacteria. The study adds to growing evidence that the kinds of bacteria in human stomachs and intestines have an impact on health, the researchers said.

The researchers found that cytophaga-flavobacter-bacteroidetes (CFB) bacteria were associated with the creation of Th17 cells in mice.

"It's not the amount of microbial flora but the kind of microbial flora that seems to count," Dr. Dan Littman, a professor of molecular immunology at the NYU School of Medicine, said in a school news release.

The study was published in the Oct. 16 issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe.

"There is more and more evidence that gut flora have a tremendously important influence on human health," Yasmine Belkaid, chief of the mucosal immunology unit in the laboratory of parasitic diseases at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, said in the news release.

"If some set of microbes induces a specific immune response, this points to a way to manipulate the immune system. This new study is the first report that has associated a defined set of gut flora with the induction of specific immune cells," Belkaid said.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about inflammatory bowel disease.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: New York University Langone Medical Center, news release, Oct. 15, 2008

Last Updated: Oct. 23, 2008

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