Every week we discover inspiring, informative, and sometimes shocking health-related news. From new studies to insightful analysis, here is what you need to know this week:

  • The ancient practice of examining the human tongue to evaluate full-body health is being embraced by modern medicine. This method, utilized in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years, is now being successfully developed for remote, computer-aided medical diagnostics. AIP Conference Review
  • Probiotics have been shown to successfully treat high blood pressure in a new study of mice. The Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria strains were able to return blood pressure to normal levels in hypertensive mice. American Society of Microbiology
  • The gut microbiome is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study shows “that Alzheimer’s symptoms can be transferred to a healthy young organism via the gut microbiota, confirming a causal role of gut microbiota in Alzheimer’s disease.” Brain
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency may be a trigger for inflammation. New research indicates that lower levels of vitamin B12 in the blood are correlated with higher levels of two inflammatory markers, which are linked to various health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and neurological disorders. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture