Tag Archive | "evolution"

Vitamin C the King of Antioxidants, 260 years later

Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Vitamin C the King of Antioxidants, 260 years later

From British Naval ships to 21st century micronutrient labs, the tale of Vitamin C is a long winding journey through scientific discovery and antioxidant sales pitches.

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Parasitic Worms: The Building Blocks Of Good Health?!?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Parasitic Worms: The Building Blocks Of Good Health?!?

In countries like the USA and the UK, inflammatory diseases - like allergies, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disorders, and even some kinds of atherosclerosis, depression and cancer - are all on the rise. Meanwhile, these same developed nations have almost completely eradicated parasitic infections like they're the plague. Three papers published in the journal Immunology might have an unexpected answer that brings together these seemingly disconnected trends: it might be a lack of parasites that is aiding the increase of inflammatory diseases in our hygiene-obsessed, over-developed world.

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The Sialic Quirk of Humanity

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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The Sialic Quirk of Humanity

Why are people susceptible to so much disease? How is it that the most sophisticated creatures on planet earth succumb, sometimes completely, to some of the most simplistic viruses, like the flu? We would expect that our bodies have seen every intruder possible in our evolutionary trek to becoming human - and should have developed a solution. But we haven't. So, what then is this evolutionary step that has made us so susceptible to microscopic pathogens? A fascinating physician-scientist may have uncovered the answer.

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