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A parasite wants to live with you, and to do that it needs to convince your body’s immune system to ignore it. Sebastian Kaulitzki/Shutterstock

Bugs as treatment: coming to a clinic near you…

When you’re sick, you want the most effective treatment to help get you back on your feet. But what if that involved bugs? Maggots and leeches have been used for decades and are still supplied to hospitals…
The innate immune response causes the common signs of inflammation including swelling, pain, heat, redness and loss of function. Brandon Daniel/Flickr

Explainer: how does the immune system work?

The immune system is critical for protecting against illness-causing organisms, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi, which are collectively known as pathogens. Without it, we would quickly become infected…
The immune system is often the reason we feel unwell when we have an infection. Flickr/uneduex

Explainer: what is the immune system?

The immune system is an integral part of our body, keeping us safe from diseases – from the common cold to more severe illnesses such as cancer. The immune system is often the reason we feel unwell when…
Our immune system is constantly talking to our brain, keeping it updated on any changes to our health. Image from shutterstock.com

Addiction and the brain: how the immune system takes over

How do you know you are sick? No, really… Think about it. If you have suffered through another winter of coughs and sniffles, and you are about to be hit by the spring allergies, you will know the feeling…

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