By Leah Kivivali, La Trobe University
Inflammation. When most of us think of inflammation, we probably think about a swollen joint or swelling around a wound, but can inflammation also affect our brains. Ultimately, inflammation is good. It’s the process whereby our body eradicates invading pathogens and helps us fight disease. However, inflammation can turn bad when the signalling to turn it off after the threat has gone doesn’t work.
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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.
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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.
Continue reading Fibrosis: an overlooked companion of inflammation
By Ian O’Neill, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich, UK
Over the past two decades the research into the ‘microbiome’ has increased substantially and has revealed that there are complex ecosystems of microbes living on or within us from birth.
Continue reading Lending a helping hand: Can probiotics treat inflammatory bowel disease?