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Gut bacteria may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease
New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers behind the study, the results open up the door to new opportunities for preventing and treating the disease.

Because our gut bacteria have a major impact on how we feel through the interaction between the immune system, the intestinal mucosa and our diet, the composition of the gut microbiota is of great interest to research on diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Exactly how our gut microbiota composition is composed depends on which bacteria we receive at birth, our genes and our diet.

By studying both healthy and diseased mice, the researchers found that mice suffering from Alzheimer’s have a different composition of gut bacteria compared to mice that are healthy. The researchers also studied Alzheimer’s disease in mice that completely lacked bacteria to further test the relationship between intestinal bacteria and the disease. Mice without bacteria had a significantly smaller amount of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. Beta-amyloid plaques are the lumps that form at the nerve fibres in cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

To clarify the link between intestinal flora and the occurrence of the disease, the researchers transferred intestinal bacteria from diseased mice to germ-free mice, and discovered that the mice developed more beta-amyloid plaques in the brain compared to if they had received bacteria from healthy mice.

Source and further reading:
http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/gut-bacteria-may-play-a-role-in-alzheimers-disease

Article:
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep41802

Infographic via The Huffington Post

#neurobiology #neuroscience #research #gutbacteria 
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There are many theories about the origin of money, in part because money has many functions, but why exactly would people choose to use this system instead of others?
#history #money #ancientorigins

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Peering toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band, our Cassini spacecraft took this amazing image. This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings. Cassini snapped this image with its wide-angle camera on March 31, 2017. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2teDevy
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I can hear them lyrics now: "Shake, shake, shake, Senora, shake your body line
Shake, shake, shake, Senora, shake it all the time
Work, work, work, Senora, work your body line
Work, work, work, Senora, work it all the time..."
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Light traffic

"Not too many cars use this road at night, but there are a few, and here one passes over the bridge over Wirreanda Creek, south of Hawker, South Australia under the Milky Way. Shot during astro twilight for the sky colour."

Credit: Ian Inverarity
Location: Wirreanda Creek, south of Hawker, South Australia
Image Date: June 24, 2017

+Ian Inverarity
+CSIRO science image
+Commission for Dark Skies

Technical details: Sigma lens, processed in Lightroom with a daylight white balance for colour in the stars.

#Astronomy #Panorama #Science #Space #Stars #MilkyWay #Galaxy #Cosmos #Universe #SolarSystem #Astrophotography #Photography #Art #Earth #Australia #STEM #Education #LookUp
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Interesting...a conscious universe...why not?

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USS Constellation
RIP
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