inflammation, microbiology
Brain Bugs
Brain Bugs
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2017
Neuropharmacologist John Cryan of University College of Cork in Ireland explains the links between the microbiome and the central nervous system.
Infographic: Brain Infection and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology
Infographic: Brain Infection and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology
Jill U. Adams | Aug 31, 2017
Emerging evidence links bacterial or viral infection with the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics
Infographic: The Brain on Psychedelics
Diana Kwon | Aug 31, 2017
Understanding how hallucinogenic drugs affect different neural networks could shed light on their therapeutic potential.
A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan
A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan
Sandhya Sekar | Aug 28, 2017
E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 
The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem
The Strange and Stranger Case of Wyndham Lathem
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 24, 2017
A Northwestern University plague researcher has been charged with a brutal murder. Here’s what we know about him.
Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding
Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding
Jef Akst | Aug 24, 2017
A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome. 
Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons
Hunter-gatherer Microbiomes Cycle with the Seasons
Abby Olena | Aug 24, 2017
The composition of the gut microbiota varies by time of year and is more diverse than that of industrialized groups.
Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants
Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 16, 2017
An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India. 
Biosensing Chewing Gum for Oral Disease Detection: Study
Biosensing Chewing Gum for Oral Disease Detection: Study
Aggie Mika | Aug 16, 2017
The sensor is meant to trigger a bitter taste in the presence of inflammation-related enzymes. 
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults
Kerry Grens | Aug 14, 2017
A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.