ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
More Faces Being Spared in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Fall Sports Peak Time for Lower Leg Damage
CANCER
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
CAREGIVING
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study Reveals
EYE CARE, VISION
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
FITNESS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Vitamin E Helps Treat Common Liver Disease
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture 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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