Author Archives: Francisco Fernandez, MD

Viruses Can Make You More Attractive to Mosquitoes

According to a recently published study, Zika and Dengue fever viruses alter the scent of mice and humans they infect, making them more attracted to bite the host.  Dengue viruses are spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Almost half of the world’s population, about 4 billion people, live in […]

New Drug Candidate for Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a form of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects more than 5 million patients worldwide. Studies have indicated that UC development is a long-term process that includes various unclear etiologies. There is accumulating evidence that shows that dysbiosis (irregular gut microbiota composition) is associated with the progression of UC. Recently […]

Even Before Eating by Watching Our Food, There is an Inflammatory Response in Our Brains

Insulin secretion is regulated by multiple factors, and although the direct effects of glucose acting on pancreatic β cells constitute the most prominent stimulus of insulin secretion, other mechanisms such as neuronal stimulation and incretin hormones may account for as much as 70-80% of the total insulin response to a meal.  There is something called […]

Use of Acupuncture for Chronic Headaches

The use of acupuncture involves using very thin needles and inserting them through the skin at strategic points on your body. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine and is most commonly used to treat different pain conditions, but has also been used for other medical conditions and stress management.  Traditional Chinese medicine […]

New Antibody Analysis Predicts Severe-COVID-19 Outcomes

After more than a year from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still a lack of personalized predictors of the course of the disease and its outcomes. Also, the immunological drivers of mortality and survival outcomes within severe COVID-19 patients remain unclear. Recently, a group of researchers led by the University of Pittsburgh, […]

Cold Vitamin D and Fish Oil Help Preventing Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are characterized by an inflammatory response to self-tissues and are the 3rd cause of morbidity in the industrialized world and a leading cause of mortality among women. They are chronic conditions that continue to increase their prevalence with age and are major societal and economic burdens due to the lack of effective treatments.  […]

High Cholesterol Undetected in 2 out of 3 Stroke Patients

A stroke, often called a brain attack, occurs when something bloods the blood supply to a part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death.  There are two […]

Particles in Air Pollution Can Get Into the Brain and Cause Harm

Air pollution is still a significant threat to public health globally. In the past decades, the lung and cardiovascular systems have been considered the principal organs affected by air pollution as evidenced by numerous epidemiological and experimental findings. Recent evidence also suggests brain injuries arising from extended exposure to polluted air and the consequent neurodegenerative […]

Increasing Protein While Dieting Leads to Healthier Eating

People with overweight or obesity often have poor-quality diets that lack the necessary nutrients, with excessive amounts of added sugars and saturated fats and a poor amount of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes. This can lead to a higher risk of chronic disease.  According to studies, a weight loss of 5 to 10% […]