U.S. Southeast and Rural Areas Have More Severe COVID-19 Tied to Chronic Illness

U.S. Southeast and Rural Areas Have More Severe COVID-19 Tied to Chronic Illness

Story Highlights Certain co-existing health problems like obesity and diabetes and lung, heart and kidney disease have been associated with increased risk for severe symptoms and death from COVID-19. A recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported that underlying conditions contributing to greater risk for severe COVID-19 disease are more prevalent in the southeast […]

COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients and Underlying Chronic Disease

COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients and Underlying Chronic Disease

Story Highlights Recent research shows that most hospitalized COVID-19 patients had one or more chronic poor health conditions, such as obesity, hypertension and heart and lung disease. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, making the U.S. population susceptible to more severe COVID-19 infections. Good nutrition helps reduce […]

Intermittent Fasting to Curb Inflammation

Intermittent Fasting to Curb Inflammation

Story Highlights Unresolved inflammation is common to many chronic conditions and autoimmune disorders including cancer, diabetes type 2, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and digestive disorders, among many others. Intermittent fasting (IF), a nutrition plan in which food intake is severely curtailed either by certain days of the week or for specific hours of every day, […]

Scientists Find Chronic Brain Inflammation in Children With Autism

Scientists Find Chronic Brain Inflammation in Children With Autism

Story Highlights A new study out of Tufts University suggests that inflammation may be the “main driver” in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Chronic inflammation, of the brain and the gut, have long been recognized as playing a role in ASD, though the relationships played by each remain unsettled. ASD, along with many […]

Skin Inflammation in Elderly Obstructs Vaccine Efficacy

Skin Inflammation in Elderly Obstructs Vaccine Efficacy

Story Highlights It is known that people over 65 do not respond well to vaccination because aging immune systems do not mount a robust immune response to pathogens. A 2018 study showed that that an excessive inflammatory response at the skin level in elderly patients obstructs immune system function and diminishes a vaccine’s efficacy. The […]

Flight Attendant With Measles Dies of Meningoencephalitis

Flight Attendant With Measles Dies of Meningoencephalitis

A flight attendant with Israel’s El Al airlines was believed to have contracted measles on a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Tel Aviv on Mar. 26, 2019. Rotem Amitai, 43, developed a fever on Mar. 31 and was admitted to Meir Medical Center near Tel Aviv that same day. […]

Half of Americans Will Be Diagnosed With Cancer by 2030

Half of Americans Will Be Diagnosed With Cancer by 2030

Cancer is an “abnormal growth of cells.” That is perhaps the most succinct description of the disease, which is really more a group of diseases since there are more than 100 types of cancer. Cancer cells are malignant—meaning that they can invade and spread to different parts of the body, forming solid tumors (masses of […]

Overview of Anti-Inflammatory Diets

Overview of Anti-Inflammatory Diets

Most anti-inflammatory diets agree on many of the foods to include, however, the “not allowed” foods may differ, sometimes dramatically. For example, the Autoimmune Protocol nixes nightshade vegetables, nuts, seeds and eggs. The Paleo diet is fine with grass-fed meats, eggs and seeds but rules out grains, as well as dairy and legumes such as chickpeas, lentils, beans and peanuts.

Comparative Diets to Address Chronic Inflammation

Comparative Diets to Address Chronic Inflammation

One of the hallmarks of many chronic diseases and disorders is unresolved inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can develop when the immune system’s normal inflammatory response to an implied threat continues unabated rather than turning off once the threat is gone. Chronic inflammation…

Chronic Inflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease

Chronic Inflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease

As medical researchers continue to make progress in understanding the causes and mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it appears that AD may be another example of an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s own immune system turns on itself in a case of mistaken identity.