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Digestion is the mechanical and chemical breaking down of food into smaller components, to a form that can be absorbed, for instance, into a blood stream. Digestion is a form of catabolism; a break-down of macro food molecules to smaller ones.
Signs and symptoms of Lewy body dementia

Signs and symptoms of Lewy body dementia

"I watched my husband experience a decline in cognition followed by a period of what seemed like improved function only to plunge again into confusion with more frequent hallucinations," says one caregiver newly acquainted with Lewy body dementia (LBD). [More]
Learning role of immune-system cells in digestive tracts may lead to new treatments for IBS

Learning role of immune-system cells in digestive tracts may lead to new treatments for IBS

Learning the role of immune-system cells in healthy digestive tracts and how they interact with neighboring nerve cells may lead to new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). [More]
Role of immune system cells in healthy digestive tracts may lead to new treatments for IBS

Role of immune system cells in healthy digestive tracts may lead to new treatments for IBS

Learning the role of immune system cells in healthy digestive tracts and how they interact with neighboring nerve cells may lead to new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). [More]
Genetic mutations in liver cells may drive tumor formation in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma

Genetic mutations in liver cells may drive tumor formation in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma

Two genetic mutations in liver cells may drive tumor formation in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA), the second most common form of liver cancer, according to a research published in the July issue of the journal Nature. [More]
Researchers develop new "nanojuice" to help doctors better identify human gut

Researchers develop new "nanojuice" to help doctors better identify human gut

Located deep in the human gut, the small intestine is not easy to examine. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasound images provide snapshots but each suffers limitations. Help is on the way. [More]
Study on digestion of milk could lead to development of new formulas for premature babies

Study on digestion of milk could lead to development of new formulas for premature babies

A new study on the digestion of milk could lead to the development of new formulas for premature babies, weight loss drinks and potentially new drug delivery systems. [More]
LBDA offers condolences over death of LBD patient

LBDA offers condolences over death of LBD patient

The sad news of Casey Kasem's illness and passing has brought unexpected visibility to a disease unfamiliar to many people. [More]
Research demonstrates association between diversity of gut bacteria and survival

Research demonstrates association between diversity of gut bacteria and survival

New research, published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology, suggests that the diversity of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract of patients receiving stem cell transplants may be an important predictor of their post-transplant survival. [More]

Protein Metrics releases freeware version of Preview software for pre-search protein analysis

Protein Metrics, Inc., a leading provider of software for rapid and thorough protein and peptide characterization, today announced the release of a freeware version of their Preview™ software for pre-search protein analysis available for download from the company's website. [More]
Scientists develop 3-D artificial enzyme cascade that mimics biochemical pathway using DNA molecules

Scientists develop 3-D artificial enzyme cascade that mimics biochemical pathway using DNA molecules

Using molecules of DNA like an architectural scaffold, Arizona State University scientists, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan, have developed a 3-D artificial enzyme cascade that mimics an important biochemical pathway that could prove important for future biomedical and energy applications. [More]
New study provides evidence that bacteria in gut may be linked to children with autism

New study provides evidence that bacteria in gut may be linked to children with autism

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have significantly different concentrations of certain bacterial-produced chemicals, called metabolites, in their feces compared to children without ASD. [More]
Study reveals surprising relationships between diet and release of hormones that suppress eating

Study reveals surprising relationships between diet and release of hormones that suppress eating

By comparing how gut microbes from human vegetarians and grass-grazing baboons digest different diets, researchers have shown that ancestral human diets, so called "paleo" diets, did not necessarily result in better appetite suppression. [More]
New research focuses on using wheat fiber to lower cholesterol and prevent development of heart disease

New research focuses on using wheat fiber to lower cholesterol and prevent development of heart disease

The saying, "we are what we eat," has never been more true. Nutritionists increasingly emphasize that the nutrients in the foods we consume can potentially create health and reduce disease. [More]
Synergy reports positive top-line results from plecanatide phase 2b study in patients with IBS-C

Synergy reports positive top-line results from plecanatide phase 2b study in patients with IBS-C

Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced positive top-line results from a phase 2b dose-ranging study assessing plecanatide's safety and efficacy in 424 patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). [More]
Blend of soy-dairy proteins may prolong muscle building after resistance exercise, says study

Blend of soy-dairy proteins may prolong muscle building after resistance exercise, says study

A new study published online in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows additional benefits of consuming a blend of soy and dairy proteins after resistance exercise for building muscle mass. [More]
Alcresta signs agreement with CFFT to support nutritional status of people with cystic fibrosis

Alcresta signs agreement with CFFT to support nutritional status of people with cystic fibrosis

Alcresta, a leading medical nutrition company developing innovative enzyme-based products for individuals with unique nutritional needs battling acute conditions or chronic diseases, today announced the company has signed an agreement with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics (CFFT) to accelerate the development of Alcresta's enzyme-based point-of-care products to support the nutritional status of people with cystic fibrosis (CF). [More]
Researchers show Elafin protein plays key role against inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease

Researchers show Elafin protein plays key role against inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease

Scientists from INRA and INSERM (France) in collaboration with scientists from McMaster University (Canada) and the Ecole polytechnique fédérale of Zurich (Switzerland) have shown that Elafin, a human protein, plays a key role against the inflammatory reaction typical of celiac disease (gluten intolerance). [More]
Wistar findings suggest link between colon microbiome and genome stability

Wistar findings suggest link between colon microbiome and genome stability

​Colorectal cancer develops in what is probably the most complex environment in the human body, a place where human cells cohabitate with a colony of approximately 10 trillion bacteria, most of which are unknown. [More]
High levels of GDNF protein could help body resist weight gain despite high-fat diet

High levels of GDNF protein could help body resist weight gain despite high-fat diet

​More than one-third of people in the US are obese. Obesity and its related health problems-including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, insulin resistance, and belly fat-affect so many, yet effective treatments are very few. [More]
Discovery could lead to new therapies for people with celiac disease

Discovery could lead to new therapies for people with celiac disease

Researchers at McMaster University have discovered a key molecule that could lead to new therapies for people with celiac disease, an often painful and currently untreatable autoimmune disorder. [More]