Is the cure really worse than the disease? The health impacts of #lockdowns during #COVID-19

Summary boxRestrictive non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19 (known as ‘lockdowns’) are associated with health harms However, it is challenging to determine whether lockdowns have caused the harms or whether these harms are a direct consequence of the underlying health disaster of the pandemic Careful analysis of excess mortality suggests that lockdowns are not associated with large …

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#Gut-microbiota-targeted #diets modulate human immune status

Diet intervention with systems profiling reveals links in diet-microbiome-immune axis•High-fiber diet changes microbiome function and elicits personalized immune responses•Fermented-food diet increases microbiome diversity and decreases markers of inflammation SummaryDiet modulates the gut microbiome, which in turn can impact the immune system. Here, we determined how two microbiota-targeted dietary interventions, plant-based fiber and fermented foods, influence …

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