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Stressing the gut-brain axis

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of chronic intestinal disorders that mainly manifests in two forms: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These diseases involve persistent inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and can cause severe symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhea, and intestinal obstruction. If left... click to read more

  • Niklas Blank | PhD student at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA; University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
  • Kai Markus Schneider | Assistant Professor at RWTH Aachen University
  • Christoph Thaiss | Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania
Views 247
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 29, 2024
Taurine: a supplement for extending life-span and health

Aging is a complex biological process that has always captivated scientists, drawing them into often long research journeys to unravel the mysteries of this natural process. In our quest to understand the mechanisms that underlie the aging process, we serendipitously stumbled upon taurine in a... click to read more

Views 304
Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 24, 2024
Take Them Outside: Cold Air Helps Croup Symptoms in Kids

Croup is a common infection that mainly affects babies and young children from six months to three years old. Croup symptoms include a characteristic barking cough that predominantly occurs during the night, a hoarse voice and a squeaky, high-pitched noise when breathing in. Although most... click to read more

  • Zoé Valbret | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 875
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 3, 2024
How the immune response to a common virus may target the brain in multiple sclerosis

Over 2.8 million individuals are living with multiple sclerosis (MS) which occurs when the brain and spinal cord become damaged due to inflammation. Persons with MS (pwMS) experience various symptoms such as vision disturbance, cognitive dysfunction and problems with balance and mobility. Around 85% of... click to read more

  • Olivia Thomas | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Karolinska Institutet
Views 463
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 20, 2023
HIV pushes the nuclear envelope to start an infection

Viruses need to be better understood. After all, the common cold deals misery to hundreds of millions of people every year, and the world stood still for almost a year waiting for a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. Viruses are difficult to treat because they are simple,... click to read more

  • Cheryl Vanier | Adjunct Faculty at Touro University Nevada College of Medicine
  • Aurelio Lorico | Professor at Touro University Nevada College of Medicine
Views 738
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 17, 2023