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Study sheds new light on the role of IgA in food allergies

A recent Science Translational Medicine study reports that food-specific immunoglobulin A (IgA) present in the human gut does not provide protection against food allergies. Study: Food-specific immunoglobulin A does not correlate with natural tolerance to peanut or egg allergens. Image Credit:…

The WHO announces four MERS cases from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks

A recent disease outbreak alert released by the World Health Organization (WHO) reported four laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from three regions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Situation Update: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)…

How gut microbes influence immune response to SARS-CoV-2

An article published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition journal provides an overview of the role of gut microbiota in shaping the host immune response to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Study: Gut microbiome and anti-viral…

Fermented dairy products can improve gut mucosal immunity

In a recent study published in the journal Immunology Letters, researchers assessed the role of fermented dairy products and dairy starters in modulating gut mucosal immunity. The gut microbiota significantly influences the modulation of mucosal immunity and the role of…

COVID-19 and the gut

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is the virus responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has infected over 625 million to date and caused over 6.5 million deaths. Although COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease, it…

Study may have solved a mystery surrounding Crohn’s disease

A new study may have solved a mystery surrounding Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease in which immune defenses meant to attack invading microbes instead mistakenly target the body’s own digestive tract. Norovirus, a common infection that causes…