And the good news is that the treatments may already exist.
Meet Toxoplasma gondii.
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Scientists are making the terrifying useful.
Researchers are trying to understand how maternal immune responses might contribute to certain neurological disorders in offspring.
A pregnant woman's immune response may be a risk factor for some neurological conditions like autism and schizophrenia in the baby later on.
Let me hear your body talk …
Working out is always good for you – until it's not.
Next time just work with your body clock.
Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley
Stay away from viruses in the early morning – and in winter.
A pump for pain control, with highly addictive drug fentanyl via Wikimedia.
New evidence suggests that opioids cause the immune system to run amok and, surprisingly, increase pain. Does this mean that opioids might be contributing to the chronic pain epidemic?
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
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Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
One-third of the world’s population is latently infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis.
Scientists have found proteins in the body that promote lung inflammation which helps the bacteria that causes TB to spread throughout the lung.
Feeling the burn.
It can take the body up to three weeks to fully recover from the strain of running a marathon, so here's some foods that are scientifically proven to help aid recovery.
Several indigenous child-rearing practices have helped babies develop strong immune systems to ward off allergies. These should be actively promoted.
Babies more likely to have allergies later were born with hyperactive immunity.
New research has found children who are born with overly active immune cells are more likely to develop allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat and other common foods.
Being too clean isn't what's making us sick. It's the loss of biodiversity in the bacteria and organisms that live in our bodies and work with the immune system.
The original antigenic sin has made fighting diseases really difficult.
Innovative initiative aims to inspire pupils on the continent to take up careers in science.
The reservoirs of dormant HIV have been the main barrier to a cure.
Researchers have found a promising way of kicking the AIDS virus out of its hiding place in infected cells, potentially removing the main obstacle to curing HIV.
People who have big weekends tend to take more sickies at work.
There's no doubt chronic alcohol abuse changes the body's infection-defence system. But here's what the research says on whether a binge-drinking weekend can make people more susceptible to illness.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of infections in early life.
A Harvard University researcher last week suggested western women stop breastfeeding after a couple of months to reduce the risk of passing potentially harmful toxins on to infants via breast milk.
Candida albicans lives in the mouth or digestive tract of 50% of people.
A seemingly harmless oral fungus can get out of hand but there aren't as many drugs as you may think to deal with it.
The immune system protects us from the constant onslaught of viruses, bacteria and other types of pathogens we encounter throughout life. But it can sometimes misbehave.
A plant heavily colonized by a bacterial pathogen.
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Vaccines aren't just for animals anymore. Research shows priming plants with pathogen-derived compounds strengthens their immune systems and enhances protection against future attack.
Depression isn’t a single condition with a single cause.
While there may be a connection between inflammation and depression, one doesn't necessarily lead to the other.