Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Is A Bacterial Infection The Leading Cause Of Death In The US?

From "Bacteria eyed for possible role in atherosclerosis" on ScienceBlog:
Dr. Emil Kozarov and a team of researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have identified specific bacteria that may have a key role in vascular pathogenesis, specifically atherosclerosis, or what is commonly referred to as “hardening of the arteries” — the number one cause of death in the United States.
The data suggest that a chronic infection may underlie the process of atherosclerosis, an infection that can be initiated by the systemic dissemination of bacteria though different “gates” in the vascular wall — as in the case of a septic patient, through intestinal infection. The data support Dr. Kozarov’s previous studies, where his team identified periodontal bacteria in carotid artery, thus pointing to tissue-destructing periodontal infections as one possible gate to the circulation.

1 comment :

  1. You will be recovering soon such that this infection will not affect you more. If you are taking medicines according to the doctor prescriptions. Therefore you will recover soon.