Can Cold Cause a Cold?

If you grew up with a mom like mine, you probably heard this quite a bit while growing up. “Put your coat on or you’ll catch a cold!” If not that specific phrase, you can insert whatever article of clothing…

TB Treatment, Evolving Role of Bacteria

As research continues to point to the links between some of the tiniest organisms on the planet and our health, we learn more and more regarding the vital role microbes play in the immune response. From allergies to skin conditions…

Gut Bacteria Key to Allergy Development?

In the last two years, there has been an incredible amount of research into what is called the human microbiome – the wide variety of microorganisms that live on and in us. It is still a difficult concept for many…

Fungi, Asthma & Your Lungs

Viruses, bacteria, and germs… they seem like a terrifying lot sometimes, particularly when the evening news shows stories of salmonella food poisoning, some ultra rare microbes with devastating effects or a story about how research on the mutating the Avian…

Allergic to… Bacteria?

A study released in this month's issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that some instances of asthma may be related to what could be classified as an allergic response to bacteria. _The allergic response, though not fully understood,…

H Pylori Stomach Bacteria & The Hygiene Hypothesis

According to the National Review of Medicine, researchers at New York University have discovered more evidence in support of the hygiene hypothesis. The hygiene hypothesis posits that modern societies have experienced an increase in asthma and allergies because of decreased…

Asthma and Household Dust

Study: High Allergen Levels in U.S. Homes.A new study associates endotoxins, a bacterial allergen commonly found in household dust, with asthma. The study was conducted by the University of Iowa Environmental Health Sciences Center, and included nearly 2500 people in…