Salt linked to immune rebellion in study

Jennifer Jung-Eun Kim

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Date: March 6th, 2013

Abstract:

            Early laboratory findings suggest that the amount of salt in our diet could be involved in driving our own immune systems to rebel against us, leading to diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Experts say that the findings are interesting and plausible, but are not a cure for people with multiple sclerosis. Now researchers believe they have the first evidence that the amount of salt in our diet may also be contributing.

            It is interesting that a study of a specific disease lead to the research of the potential risks of salt, which is an essential part of our diet. Seeing the scientists make connections between different studies, reminded me of the idea that networks are everywhere.

            Today, with the vast amount of information that we have access to globally, if greater discoveries were made on the consumption of salt, this information would spread, and it may change our standards such as the % daily value of sodium.

 

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21685022

Global Issue: Health

Primary Design Lens: Medical Research

Secondary Design Lens: Eating Habits

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One Response to Salt linked to immune rebellion in study

  1. Barbara says:

    Jennifer, the ideas that research is networked is interesting. Can you elaborate and provide some specific details? Maybe we can discuss this when we meet today.

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