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Scientists Discover New Causes of Cellular Decline in Prematurely Aging Kids

In a recent paper published in Cell Reports, Saint Louis University researchers have uncovered new answers about why cells rapidly age in children with a rare and fatal disease. The data points to cellular replication stress and a mistaken innate immune response as culprits, and the team found success in the laboratory in blocking these processes

Protein-rich diet may help soothe inflamed gut

Immune cells patrol the gut to ensure that harmful microbes hidden in the food we eat don’t sneak into the body. Cells that are capable of triggering inflammation are balanced by cells that promote tolerance, protecting the body without damaging sensitive tissues. When the balance tilts too far toward inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease can result.

Immune system may mount an attack in Parkinson’s disease

A new study suggests that T cells, which help the body’s immune system recognize friend from foe, may play an important role in Parkinson’s disease (PD). The study, published in the journal Nature, was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health. “This collaboration between

Immune response linked to Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that develops when nerve cells in the brain become impaired and eventually die. As these brain cells die, people with Parkinson’s disease may start experiencing involuntary shaking, muscle stiffness, slowed movements, problems with balance, and other symptoms. At first, only a tremor in one hand may be noticeable.