ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
Eating your way to Good Health
For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Exhaust From Railroad Diesel Linked to Lung Ailments
EYE CARE, VISION
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
FITNESS
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Barefoot Best for Running?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
More Single Women Are Having Babies
Can a Bad Boss Make You Sick?
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
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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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