The Microbiome Magnified

The Microbiome Magnified

You’ll Never Walk Alone Ready for a fascinating, “earthy” truth about ourselves? Our every surface and crevice teems with microbes—inside and out. In fact, bacterial cells in and on our body outnumber human cells by about ten to one. Most people walk around...
Attack Of The Tregs!!

Attack Of The Tregs!!

Attack Of The Tregs!! No matter what it sounds like, this subset of helper T-cells aren’t invaders from another planet. Nope, Tregs, or regulatory T-cells, come from New Jersey (don’t say it!) and elsewhere.  They suppress the immune system. These newcomers to the...
The Immune System: Friend & Sometimes Foe

The Immune System: Friend & Sometimes Foe

The Immune System: Friend & Sometimes Foe The immune system. Yes, everybody has one. It’s pretty important to our health. But what the heck is it? In short, the immune system is a complicated network of organs, cells, and signaling molecules. Without this...
Gluten: Protein of Doom

Gluten: Protein of Doom

Celiac Disease Imagine the tantalizing scent of freshly baked bread. Now, think about even a single scrumptious slice wreaking havoc on you: stomach pain, bloating and other digestive consequences. Welcome to Planet Celiac—home to the millions of Americans diagnosed...
Taking a Swing at Peanut Allergies

Taking a Swing at Peanut Allergies

HOW DO ALLERGIES DEVELOP? Every summer, watching a game at the ballpark and digging into a bag of peanuts is a source of entertainment for many Americans. For the 15 million who suffer from peanut allergies, the idea of being taken out to the ballgame elicits concern...
DNA Vaccines Explained

DNA Vaccines Explained

MORE ON THE POWERFUL, ELEGANT SIMPLICITY OF VACCINES Last week, we overviewed vaccine development and manufacture, focusing on those that use whole pathogens to protect us from a disease. This week, we examine subunit and polysaccharide vaccines, which use different...