Friday, 30 April 2010

Inflammation

A little nugget from OnMedica; "Blood enzyme level strongly tied to CHD risk". Thankfully the paleo crowd have had the wisdom of Art Ayers to call upon to warn about both the consequences of chronic inflammation and anti-inflammatory diets long before The Lancet put out such a cautionary message.

The article notes,
  • But the authors stress that further studies are needed “because blood pressure and cholesterol themselves were not as strongly associated with heart disease in this study as has been reported previously”.

Wow, did you catch that admission? “[B]lood pressure and cholesterol themselves were not as strongly associated with heart disease in this study as has been reported previously”.

One other article that caught my attention can be found here. It looks like astrocytes can swell up and misfunction, which leads to epilepsy. And what is the role of the astrocytes?

  • The astrocyte is known to have a wide range of functions, including supplying nutrients to other brain cells, and even helping the brain cope with damaged nerve cells.

Supplying nutrients. Interesting eh?

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