New research on Type 1 Diabetes and Fecal (Poop) Transplants

Researchers in Europe and the US have published results suggesting that the progression of type 1 diabetes may be slowed by fecal transplants (yes, swapping poop) "FMT halts decline in endogenous insulin production in recently diagnosed patients with T1D in 12 months after disease onset. Several microbiota-derived plasma metabolites and bacterial strains were linked to … Continue reading New research on Type 1 Diabetes and Fecal (Poop) Transplants

Taurine: An Essential Nutrient for the Cat

Unbeknownst to many, Taurine is an amino acid may be implicated in RedBull energy drink's "Wings". Separately, researchers implicated Taurine as an essential nutrient for cats' healthy vision. This is surprising news to us! Indeed... The pattern of tissue accumulation of [35S]taurine and from [35S]cystine also indicated that tissues from taurine-depleted cats do not synthesize … Continue reading Taurine: An Essential Nutrient for the Cat

How to Relieve Itch and Dry Skin with this Special Cream

  A skin barrier that is depleted of ceramides, an important class of biomolecules, is a reported source of dry skin, itch an even eczema (more here). To relieve this, we found a published study showing two formulas work with a single application  Ceramide-containing lotion or cream containing 1% pramoxine provides both rapid and long-lasting … Continue reading How to Relieve Itch and Dry Skin with this Special Cream

What Causes That Itchy Feeling?

Wondering why your itch needs scratching? Mark Andrews at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine states the following: An itching sensation of the skin arises due to stimulation of pruriceptors—itch-sensing nerve endings—by mechanical, thermal or chemical mediators. These include: Chemicals for immune response (histamines) and pain relief (opiods) Neuropeptides, which include pain-regulating messengers released within … Continue reading What Causes That Itchy Feeling?

Which Product Kills COVID-19 with the Shortest Contact Time? (On Hard Nonporous Surfaces)

(No products are endorsed or recommended in this post, it is publicly available information only; please contact your local regulatory body for cleaning guidelines.) Here are a list of products, which are listed as approved by the EPA, as "Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2", sorted by contact time.   (Note: some of these are commercial … Continue reading Which Product Kills COVID-19 with the Shortest Contact Time? (On Hard Nonporous Surfaces)

Do you really need a probiotic for bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?

From Harvard Medical School's Health Publishing, on Women's Health Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. There's still a lot that experts don't understand about the condition, but it is associated with an overgrowth of harmful microorganisms, such as Gardnerella vaginalis or Prevotella, which outnumber "healthier" types of vaginal bacteria, including a … Continue reading Do you really need a probiotic for bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection?

Why is knee pain on the rise?

Byte-Sized Summary: Osteoarthritis is a common but debilitating joint disease, commonly of the knee, with unknown causes. A recent study has found that the prevalence of the condition has nearly doubled, and that longevity and BMI alone to not explain the increase. Researchers at Harvard published their research on the disease in the Proceedings of the National … Continue reading Why is knee pain on the rise?

Exercise Alters Gut Microbiota Composition and Function in Lean and Obese Humans

Your weight, too, impacts how your gut bacteria respond to exercise: ...exercise training induces compositional and functional changes in the human gut microbiota that are dependent on obesity status, independent of diet and contingent on the sustainment of exercise Researchers at UIUC in Illinois evaluated changes in the gut microbiome in lean and obese participants … Continue reading Exercise Alters Gut Microbiota Composition and Function in Lean and Obese Humans