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Can dark chocolate protect against the effects of kidney disease?

Can a few squares of dark chocolate a day help fight complications in cases of chronic kidney disease (CKD)? Given the beneficial effects of cocoa on cardiovascular health, the microbiota and the brain, this may well be the case.   Theobroma cacao is the botanical name for the cacao tree;...
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Is the intestinal microbiota involved in some strokes?

Cerebral cavernous malformations, or cavernomas, are malformations of blood vessels in the brain. Abnormally dilated, they form ball-shaped conglomerations. Some forms, called familial, are made more likely by recently identified genetic mutations. Generally asymptomatic, cavernomas can sometimes ca...
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The intestinal microbiota involved in metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and diabetes: an elevated waist measurement, hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL cholesterol,  increased blood pressure and fasting blood glucose. Changes in the intestinal microbiota have previously been associ...
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