×
E-PAPER ▾

E-paper

HEALTH & FITNESS

Gut bacteria linked to multiple sclerosis

| | New York
Gut bacteria linked to multiple sclerosis
The composition of gut bacteria -- the presence of microbiota in the digestive tracks -- at a young age may contribute to the onset and further progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) disease, a new study found.
 
MS is a disabling disease that affects the immune system of the body, whereby the nerve cells of the spinal chord and brain gets damaged.
 
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stated that the gut bacteria along with multiple sclerosis at a young age could also trigger other diseases in later life.
 
"The findings could have therapeutic implications on slowing down MS progression by manipulating gut bacteria," said Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, professor at the Rutgers University in New Jersey.
 
The research team transplanted MS-associated risk genes, taken from real patients, into genetically-engineered mice.
 
At first, when the genetically modified mice were put in a sterile, germ-free environment, they did not develop multiple sclerosis.
 
But when the mice were exposed to a normal environment that would normally contain bacteria, the mice did develop MS-like disease and inflammation in their bowels, which further suggested that the presence of gut bacteria can be counted as a risk factor for triggering multiple sclerosis disease development.
 
The results found that the younger mice were more prone to develop multiple sclerosis than the older mice.
 
 
 
 
 

TOP STORIES

Sunday Edition

View All

Court proceedings end in a lighter vein

20 May 2018 | PNS

New Delhi: “Now, let us enjoy our holidays,” this is how the Supreme Court concluded the hearing on the Karnataka power row on Saturday. The courtroom burst into a bout of laughter as Justice AK Sikri, who headed the three-judge Bench, made the jovial remark ...

Read More

STATE EDITIONS

View All

Modi visits J'khand today, to review aspirational districts' dev

25 May 2018 | Santosh Narayan | Ranchi

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Jharkhand visit on Friday sits with the Deputy Commissioners and officials of the 19 aspirational districts it would boost hope of speedy development of the areas that have been in the red zone. It is learnt that all the DCs concerned have been told to be ready with crisp presentations highlighting not only the good works done in their areas identified but also...

Read More

Page generated in 0.2118 seconds.