Immune system and pregnancy

The immune system defends our body from alien organisms (or part of them). Sometimes it works properly, fighting bacteria, which can cause diseases. Other times it is too sensitive and recognize as “non-self”, and therefore dangerous, some harmless particles such as pollen, causing allergies. When a woman become pregnant, an “alien” organism grows inside her.Continue reading “Immune system and pregnancy”

Antioxidants in red wine

Italians LOVE wine. Italy ranks first in the top 15 wine-producing and third in the top 15 wine-consuming countries. In 1995, Frankel and collaborators demonstrated that antioxidants and phenolic compounds present in wine contribute to keeping low the level of low-density lipoproteins (LDL). LDL is often called “bad cholesterol” and is the main responsible forContinue reading “Antioxidants in red wine”

Why do children look like their parents?

“She looks exactly like you”, “She has her father’s eyes”, “That’s your nose”. That is only a small collection of sentences heard by me (and by all new parents). What does determine the features of our faces? Last week, Zanella and collaborators from European Institute of Oncology, published a paper on Science Advances about theContinue reading “Why do children look like their parents?”