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Today's daily science fact is about plaque and heart disease.
There is a causal link between tooth plaque and certain types of heart disease.
The reason is immune. The immune system identifies bacterial invaders based on proteins in their membrane (proteins the immune system reacts to are called antigens), and some bacteria that cause and live in plaque have proteins very similar to those in the cells that make up heart valves. If these bacteria get into the bloodstream through damaged gums (which is more likely to happen if they build up in plaque), there is a slight chance that the immune system will end up mounting a defense against its own heart cells, and slowly damage the heart.
Is it herpes awareness week?
In the past 24 hours, sixteen people have liked or reblogged the Daily Science Fact about herpes ( http://dailysciencefacts.tumblr.com/post/27104912276/todays-daily-science-fact-is-about-herpes ). Only one like and no reblogs have not been about herpes. Two new people have started following Daily Science Facts, presumably due to herpes.
Why is herpes so damn popular all of a sudden?!
DSF is looking for new contributors!
Currently, all of DSF’s contributors are biologists, which doesn’t allow for much variety in our facts. DSF is looking for a science fan or scientist in a non-biology discipline to contribute one fact per week. This would involve posting the fact on this page and our sister Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/DailyScienceFacts). It’s not essential to be a professional scientist; interest and knowledge is enough.
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