Do you often take antibiotics? Beware, it may affect your immune system

Do you often take antibiotics? Beware, it may affect your immune system

Researchers at the University of Virginia’s school of medicine in Charlottesville, US have found that antibiotic use made neutrophils less effective in fighting infections and weakened the intestinal barrier against invading bugs. Researcher Koji Watanabe said that neutrophils play an important role as a first-line ‘innate immune response’ when foreign pathogens invade. “We found that antibiotic disruption of the natural microbes in the gut prevented this from happening properly, leaving the gut susceptible to severe infection,” Watanabe added. The team used lab mice to determine how the decrease in natural intestinal flora…

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7 Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency People Often Ignore

7 Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency People Often Ignore

Once considered an ageing problem, vitamin deficiencies have now become very common amongst all ages – especially teenagers and adolescents. It is during the growing years that one needs an extra dose of healthy vitamins and nutrients but instead of loading up on a balanced diet most people seem to be depending on supplements to meet various vitamin deficiencies that perhaps their diet cannot fulfil. Our sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits and need for convenience are all to blame. Vitamin D is one such essential nutrient that helps your bones…

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Why Do Autoimmune Diseases Affect Women More Often Than Men

Why Do Autoimmune Diseases Affect Women More Often Than Men

My sister-in-law, Donna Cimons, 77, a retired nurse anesthetist who lives on a farm near Cambridge, Ohio, began losing her hair as a teenager. She woke up each morning to find tufts of hair scattered across her pillow. By age 50, she was bald. She knew this problem ran in her family – her mother had it, too – but not much else. “It had a name, alopecia areata, but that was all,” she says, speaking of the scant knowledge 60 or more years ago. “We really didn’t know what…

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Some Common Ailments That are Often Labeled Incorrectly

Some Common Ailments That are Often Labeled Incorrectly

You might want to argue with Kate Ashford’s article in Prevention magazine, but it’s fun to read. Quoting three physicians, she points out “Five Health Conditions That Don’t Really Exist”: Stomach flu: If you suffer from vomiting and diarrhea, it’s not influenza, says Jill Swartz, an urgent-care doctor in New York. The flu virus causes fever, congestion and sore throat. The stomach issues are probably from gastroenteritis, which is a different virus. Walking pneumonia: Even though doctors use the term, it’s “something of a catch-all rather than an exact diagnosis,”…

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