Viral and bacterial infections are not the only causes of inflammation of body tissue. It has been known for some time that certain fat molecules in our bloodstream can also trigger an inflammatory response. Patients with higher levels of these fats in their blood have a significantly greater chance of dying early from kidney damage or vascular disease. This causal link has now been clearly demonstrated by an international team of researchers led by Dr. Timo Speer of Saarland University. The research team was able to show how these fat molecules interact with body cells and how they can mobilize the body’s own immune system to damaging effect.