ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
Heart Failure Raises Risk of Fractures
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
CANCER
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
CAREGIVING
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
Even in 'Last Supper,' Portion Sizes Have Grown
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Genetics, Environment Shape Sexual Behavior
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
FITNESS
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Stressed and Exhausted: An Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Biomarkers May Help Measure Rate of Decline in Dementia
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Optimism May Boost Immune System
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
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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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