Category Archives: Infectious diseases

Common Bacteria Are Evaluated As New Possible Multiple Sclerosis Trigger

Common Bacteria Are Evaluated As New Possible Multiple Sclerosis Trigger

Research on  Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has pointed towards environmental causes, or triggers, to the auto-immune disease.  Most studies looked at infections of the Central Nervous System by viruses [1] such as the: Torque Teno virus, Epstein-Barr virus Human Herpes virus 6 As an illustration of the brain tissue lesions caused …Read the Rest

Urinary Tract Infections: Can Probiotics help?

Urinary Tract Infections: Can Probiotics help?

Urinary Tract Infections or UTIs are a common problem for women, but men are not immune. We have posted previously on the topic [1-4]. UTIs are a particularly vexing problem for the wheelchair community, because for most in that category, the bladder does not fully empty out. That goes for …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: A Study Questions The Benefits of Cranberry Juice Against Urinary Tract Infections

IN BRIEF: A Study Questions The Benefits of Cranberry Juice Against Urinary Tract Infections

We have posted several times about the efficacy of cranberry juice against Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) [1] Cranberry juice has been accepted by the nutrition and alternative medicine communities as the first line of defense against UTIs [2,3] UTIs affect particularly women, and people who must  use  a wheelchair for mobility. How …Read the Rest

Can Vaccines or Allergy Immunotherapies Trigger Multiple Sclerosis or Other Autoimmune Diseases?

Can Vaccines or Allergy Immunotherapies Trigger Multiple Sclerosis or Other Autoimmune Diseases?

Introduction: Allergies and autoimmune conditions are both immune system issues, so it is natural to explore their possible connections. Let us start with some definitions from wikipedia Allergy:  A hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system to substances in the environment. Such substances are called allergens. Allergens (pollens, peanuts,..) can be common …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Study shows Kiwi fruit effective in reducing cold and flu symptoms duration

IN BRIEF: Study shows Kiwi fruit effective in reducing cold and flu symptoms duration

OK, we are nearing spring in the Norther Hemishere, but the Southern is going into winter… So we should  know that the Kiwi fruit is shown to have beneficial properties against upper respiratory infections, according to a study published in the journal of nutrition [1] Two caveats The study was done on …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Autoimmune Risk From Vaccine Adjuvants Very Low, But There

IN BRIEF: Autoimmune Risk From Vaccine Adjuvants Very Low, But There

From the Lupus Journal [1]: “Giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica after influenza vaccination: report of 10 cases” These 10 cases of inflammatory rheumatic diseases developed within 3 months of influenza vaccination (Inf-V). Clearly the vaccine was given to hundreds of millions worldwide, so this occurrence is very low indeed. Since that …Read the Rest

IN BRIEF: Bladder Infections Antibiotic Cefpodoxime found inferior to Ciproflaxacin

IN BRIEF: Bladder Infections Antibiotic Cefpodoxime found inferior to Ciproflaxacin

Bladder Infections are common in women. They are even more common in women with medical conditions like Diabetes , Multiple Sclerosis, and/or wheelchair users.  It is serious business because of the possibility of recurrences.  The antibiotic of choice is  Ciproflaxacin (Cipro)as discussed in our previous post Status of treatments for Urinary …Read the Rest

Antibiotics Can Damage Your Digestive Tract: Can Probiotics Help?

Antibiotics Can Damage Your Digestive Tract: Can Probiotics Help?

Most everybody has had to take antibiotics for infections or other. Antibiotics kill bacteria, that’s what they do. Unfortunately,  there are in your gut good, benign and beneficial bacteria as well as the noxious bacteria you took the antibiotics against. Usually the person’s digestive system will be resettled by the …Read the Rest

Status of treatments for Urinary Tract Infections With Emphasis On Wheelchair Users

Status of treatments for Urinary Tract Infections With Emphasis On Wheelchair Users

Many Urinary Tract Infections  (UTI) are fairly common, particularly for people with conditions or diseases that keep them in a wheelchair such as Spinal cord Injuries or Multiple Sclerosis because individuals may have bladder storage and/or voiding dysfunction [1]. Many times the infections are associated with the use of catheters. …Read the Rest

Are Probiotics Gut Bacteria Good or Bad For Multiple Sclerosis Or Other Autoimmune Diseases?

Are Probiotics Gut Bacteria Good or Bad For Multiple Sclerosis Or Other Autoimmune Diseases?

In a stunning results, researchers at the Max Planck Institute ( Yes, they do not do only fundamental physics..) propose that, quoting from  [1-3]; “…Natural intestinal flora involved in the emergence of multiple sclerosis” . In other words, “…Beneficial intestinal bacteria can activate immune cells and trigger the overreaction of …Read the Rest

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