Gastroenterology

The Western Diet’s Immune Impact

June 14, 2012

Inflammatory bowel disease is an ailment on the rise. A European study found that the incidence of IBD roughly doubled from 1990 to 2001, and even larger surges in IBD cases have been observed in areas of the United States and Europe studied since [Read more]

Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerance

March 23, 2012

By Matt Wood Adverse reactions to foods, including eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, shellfish and soy, are on the rise, especially among children. The CDC reports (PDF) that between 1997 and 2007, food allergies increased 18 percent in [Read more]

When Computer Infections Help Science

March 7, 2012

Under normal circumstances, people want to keep infections away from their computers. But for Gary An, reconstructing nasty infections inside a computer is a research project, not an act of cyber-terrorism. In collaboration with laboratories at the [Read more]

The Tools of the Human Microbiome

July 7, 2011

The latest cult favorite in the sphere of human genetics is the microbiome, the genes of the bacterial species that live inside and upon the human body. Because bacterial cells outnumber human cells in an adult by approximately ten to one, and tens [Read more]

Ending the Immune War on Wheat

February 15, 2011

The immune system is designed to protect the body against foreign invaders, neutralizing disease and infection. But organisms are all too happy to invite invasions several times a day through a seemingly innocuous act: eating. When food enters the [Read more]