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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that bacteria which cause periodontal disease can disarm the immune system.  They found that these bacteria inhibit immune cells from fighting off disease while causing inflammation to surrounding tissues. Diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome,  colon cancer and other inflammatory disease can be linked to the bacteria.

“Scientists are beginning to suspect that keystone pathogens might be playing a role in irritable bowel disease, colon cancer and other inflammatory diseases,” Hajishengallis said. “They’re bugs that can’t mediate the disease on their own; they need other, normally non-pathogenic bacteria to cause the inflammation.”

 

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