A food pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, causes a severe illness (listeriosis) that can infect our central nervous system (neurolisteriosis). This infection is fatal in 30% of all cases! The question is: how can Listeria monocytogenes escape from our immune system defense and get into the most protected area of our body, our brain?
Vegetarian diet and all its variations (f.e. vegan) provides you with plenty of health benefits, if done correctly. When on this diet, you need to pay extra attention to the following vitamins, minerals and microelements to avoid their deficiency: calcium, iron, zinc, iodine, vitamin B12, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and sufficient amount of protein. […]
Our body (circadian) clock regulates its own rhythms to keep us healthy by aligning our internal processes not only with the day/night cycle, but also with the seasons. One of the rhythms is the rhythm of the body’s own immune cells called macrophages. According to a recent study, when rhythm of macrophages is disrupted (due […]
All of them seem to have the same effect on our body. At least, according to a recent study. The study investigated how the powerful antioxidants in green tea, catehins ECG and EGCG, act in the worm C. elegans.
Did you know that about 1/5 of the European population is exposed to transportation noise above the recommended level of 55 dB (decibels)? Even if not, it still remains a bad news for our brain health, especially considering the results of a recent observational study. The study investigated the association between long term exposure to […]
We are already aware that our diet shapes our gut microbiome, which has a great influence our health. For example, a low variety of foods on the daily basis, leads to a low microbiome diversity that has been linked to overweight, diabetes and dementia. Another example is a western diet that causes high inflammation levels […]
Chronic stress is one of the worse amenies for our mental health. It influences tremendiously our mood, our sleep quality, our abilites to think and react, and our energy level. All of these are our body’s reaction to stress, which involves the HPA axis ((hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis). Of course, how we react to the same stressors, […]
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by buildup of two proteins, amyloid beta plaques and tau tangles, which destroy nearby brain cells. A recent study proposes a new therapy that uses the immune system to slow down the disease. Namely, this therapy directs the immune cells with the help of CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODN) to swallow these […]
Did you sleep bad last night? Most probably you’ll take a lot of strong coffee or other caffeine containing drinks to reduce sleepiness and receive more energy. But does caffeine also support you in accomplishing tasks at work? According to a recent study, it depends on a complexity of a task to perform.
You probably already know that people who are more conscientious (responsible, organized and capable of self-control), tend to live longer and have a 40% decreased risk of death compared to the less conscientious people. But why that is that and how that happens was not clear … until now.