The Uniqueness of Cells Lining Your Mouth & Other News of Note

“Open Wide” for New Stem Cell Potential (ScienceDaily)

While highly potent embryonic stem cells are often the subject of ethical and safety controversy, adult-derived stem cells have other problems. As we age, our stem cells are less pliant and less able to transform into the stem cells that science needs to find breakthrough treatments for disease.

An exception to this can be found in the stem cells of oral mucosa, the membrane that lines the inside of our mouths. These cells do not seem to age along with the rest of our bodies. In his lab at Tel Aviv University’s Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Prof. Sandu Pitaru and his graduate students Keren Marinka-Kalmany, Sandra Treves, Miri Yafee and Yossi Gafni, have successfully collected cells from oral mucosa and manipulated them into stem cells…MORE

Healthier Living Could Cut Millions of Cancer Cases (MSNBC)

Healthier lifestyles and better diets could prevent up to 2.8 million cases of cancer each year, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) said on Wednesday, calling on governments to “avoid a public health disaster.”

The number of global cancers has increased by a fifth in less than a decade to around 12 million new cases a year, and along with other chronic diseases like heart and lung disease and diabetes are the world’s biggest health challenges, the Fund said…MORE

Obesity Can Turn Body Fat Toxic (ScienceNews)

Obesity can trigger inflammation in the fat cells found just below the skin, creating an environment that has been linked with the development of both diabetes and heart disease, two new studies indicate.

The findings suggest that people need to worry about all types of body fat, not just the deeply embedded fat that earlier work had focused on. But the new work also hints that some face a higher risk than others…MORE

Possible Link Between Mother’s Diet & Risk of Allergies in Children (News-Medical.net)

A possible link between what a mother eats during pregnancy and the risk of her child developing allergies has been identified in new research published in this month’s The Journal of Physiology.

The research found that if a mother’s diet contains a certain group of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) – such as those found in fish, walnut oil or flaxseed – the baby’s gut develops differently. The PUFAs are thought to improve how gut immune cells respond to bacteria and foreign substances, making the baby less likely to suffer from allergies.

Until now, several clinical trials have shown that fish and walnut oil supplementation in pregnant women reduces the risk of allergy in their children, but the mechanism was unknown…MORE

Engaging Life Makes You Healthier (Vancouver Sun)

Living in a more social and engaging environment could improve your health and help you lose weight, according to U.S. research published Wednesday.

Researchers at Ohio State University compared mice that lived in a standard environment, with endless food and water and a few friends, to mice that lived in an enriched environment, decked out with running wheels, mazes, hiding places, toys and 15 to 20 other mice to play with. After four weeks, the rodents in the more engaging environment had lost half of their abdominal fat.

The study was published in the journal Cell MetabolismMORE

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