The Biochemist Blog

Can your diet reduce inflammation?

By Richard V. Miller, Princeton University, USA

Inflammation helps us in the short term by combating infections and other stresses. But over the long term, we do not want too much inflammation. Chronic inflammation plays a role in disorders like arthritis, lupus, and even cancer.

Fibrosis: an overlooked companion of inflammation

By Conor Sugden, University of Liverpool

Inflammatory mechanisms and processes contribute to the pathogenesis of a number of conditions – one of which is fibrosis. Inflammation and fibrosis are intrinsically linked, and much about their complex relationship is still unknown. Whereas a healthy inflammatory response is necessary for successful wound healing, a prolonged response often precedes tissue fibrosis.