A New Approach for Crohn's
Week of October 9

Crohn's disease causes abdominal pain and crampingTrying to find a restroom when you’re out can be a hassle, but if you have Crohn’s disease, it’s an emergency. That’s why several states now have laws requiring stores to open their employee restrooms to Crohn’s patients when there’s not a public one.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammation of the gut, especially the large and small intestines. It involves diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, abdominal pain, and in severe cases, colon cancer. Drugs to control the disease suppress the immune system and they can have serious side effects... More »

Medieval Antibiotic
Week of October 2

Medieval AntibioticDrug companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a new antibiotic. We seriously need them as bacteria become increasingly drug resistant. So imagine finding a new antibiotic in a centuries old medieval text!

The ninth century British tome held an eye salve that not only works but works against one of today’s superbacteria, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. When translated, the recipe calls for equal parts garlic, onion or leek, minced in a mortar for two minutes and mixed with wine from an historic English vineyard... More »

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