Why you're stiff in the morning: Your body suppresses inflammation when you sleep at night

On August 10, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research published online in The FASEB Journal, describes a protein created by the body’s “biological clock” that actively represses inflammatory pathways within the affected limbs during the night. This protein, called cryptochrome, has proven anti-inflammatory effects in cultured cells and presents new opportunities for the development of drugs…

Nitric oxide protects against parasite invasion and brain inflammation by keeping the blood brain barrier intact

African trypanosomiasis is called ‘sleeping sickness’ because when the infection is untreated, trypanosome parasites will invade the brain and cause disruption of sleeping patterns and irreversible neurological damage. A study published in PLOS Pathogens reports that in a mouse model of trypanosome disease, nitric oxide (NO) plays an unexpected…

Better sleep and tai chi reduce inflammation and promote health

On November 5, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Inflammatory processes occur throughout the body, with a primary function of promoting healing after injury. However, when too active, these inflammatory processes can also damage the body in many ways, and may contribute to heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and other significant medical problems. Stress, including sleep disturbance, is…