The multitude of factors that influence what illness or disease strike are sometimes quite surprising

As noted in prior posts, the key issue in toxic torts is causation. Yet, how an illness, disease, or adverse impact occurs is sometimes quite surprising. Only to illustrate the principle, I note two recent reports that demonstrate the unexpected. Researchers have long puzzled over why flu becomes...

Diet impacts gut bacteria, which in turn influences rates of asthma, allergies, inflammatory bowl disease, and other inflammatory diseases

When children become sick, when rates of disease increase in adults, both apparently without an obvious cause, there is an unfortunate tendency for some to seek to profit at the expense of the suffering by offering up phony theories and bizarre hypotheses to "explain" these impacts. Witness...

Does infectious disease have an adverse impact on human intelligence? A new study posits that it does.

Prior posts have noted the importance of providing clean water and sanitation services to the human population in order to lessen the impact of disease on human health and well-being. Now researchers are exploring how disease may impact human intelligence. Human intelligence is a fuzzy concept. Of...

Humans can transmit diseases to gorillas

Prior posts have noted and described a number of human diseases that had their origin in animals. Now it appears that some diseases can be transmitted from humans to gorillas. Ecotourism has been seen as a boon for countries with "interesting" biota; it provides funding for protection of...

Can antibiotics interfere with the body's ability to fight viruses? Perhaps so.

Prior posts have noted that abuse and misuse of antibiotics in people and animals has lead to an increase in antibiotic resistant organisms, to the detriment of human health. Prior posts have also noted the importance of bacteria to human health and welfare (and that there are 10 bacteria in the human...

Eating yogurt without more does not produce lasting changes in the mix of bacteria in the GI tract

Prior posts have noted the impact of GI bacteria on human health, from their potential to prevent a variety of diseases to perhaps being the cause of other afflictions. In what has been referred to as an elegant study, researchers undertook human and animal studies to ascertain what effect, if any...