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A gut microbe that stops food allergies | Science/AAAS | News
"Food allergies have increased about 50% in children since 1997. There are various theories explaining why. One is that the 21st century lifestyle, which includes a diet very different from our ancestors’, lots of antibiotic use, and even a rise in cesarean section deliveries, has profoundly changed the makeup of microbes in the gut of many people in developed countries. For example, the average child in the United States has taken three courses of antibiotics by the time he or she is 2 years old, says Martin Blaser, an infectious disease specialist and microbiologist at New York University in New York City. (See here for more on the reach of microbiome research these days.)

Cathryn Nagler, an immunologist at the University of Chicago in Illinois, has spent years probing links between the immune system, intestinal bacteria, and the onset of allergies. Back in 2004, she and her colleagues reported that wiping out gut bacteria in mice led to food allergies. Since then, Nagler has continued trying to understand which bacteria offer allergy protection and how they accomplish that."

[via: http://bonus.kottke.org/post/96000768633/why-the-increase-in-food-allergies ]
allergies  antibiotics  bacteria  digestion  health  medicine  2014  food 
august 2014 by robertogreco
x design project: » Digesting the Information
"Although cultural ephemera is rich and important museums can archive in a variety of ways and we can design the cultural afterlife of our material artifacts. Digestion is the new medium. And information and material are not inexorably tied.<br />
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Exploring the Afterlife!: You are invited to partake in an experiment to revise this cultural habit–a collective but correctable error. We simply substitute temporal materials for the longlasting, and design how they degrade and circulate thru our socio-ecolgocial systems. We use an inexpensive, enzymatically driven high=performance biodegradation process : your digestive tract. The aggregated efforts of many of us can outperform most industrial processes… you are a digesting machine!"
nataliejeremijenko  art  science  environment  digestion  enzymes  biodegradation  systems  culture  archiving  edible  2010  xspecies 
august 2010 by robertogreco
borborygmus: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
"A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines."
digestion  glvo  anatomy  words  definitions 
may 2008 by robertogreco
bezoar: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
"A hard indigestible mass of material, such as hair, vegetable fibers, or fruits, found in the stomachs or intestines of animals, especially ruminants, and humans. It was formerly considered to be an antidote to poisons and to possess magic properties."
words  definitions  glvo  animals  digestion  magic 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Wim Delvoye: Cloaca 2000-2007 - we make money not art
"Lewis got himself same tattoo as one of Delvoye's pigs...also ate same meal as Cloaca, gathered some of product of its digestion...collected own faecal matter...scientist compared the two samples bacteriologically and found them very similar."
art  digestion  sculpture  cloaca  science 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Fact or Fiction?: Chewing Gum Takes Seven Years to Digest: Scientific American
"A myth as durable as gum itself holds that the chewy confection sticks to your innards like it does to the bottom of a desk"
myth  children  kids  gum  health  medicine  science  human  digestion 
october 2007 by robertogreco

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