Recovery is the result for most coronavirus patients.
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Officially, not that many people have recovered from the coronavirus. An epidemiologist explains what has to happen for a COVID-19 survivor to get a clean bill of health.
Try to get outside during daylight to set your circadian rhythms.
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To boost your immune defenses against corona and other viruses, one of the most effective things you can do is maintain your natural circadian rhythms. Here's how to do that.
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (pink dots) on a dying cell.
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The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, spreads faster than the H1N1 influenza virus and is much deadlier. SARS-CoV-2 is particularly skilled at keeping cells from calling out for help.
A person who has recovered from COVID-19 donates plasma in Shandong, China.
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Before a vaccine is available to teach your immune system to ward off the coronavirus, maybe you can directly use molecules that have already fought it in other people.
A test that detects antibodies against the coronavirus behind COVID-19 would reveal those people who have already encountered the virus - and therefore who might be ok to resume normal life.
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
Traditional vaccines can take years to create. Rather than immunizing people with viral proteins, the new approach gives the molecular instructions that allows the body to make its own vaccine.
Stress about the coronavirus pandemic can actually increase your risk of infection, but exercise can alleviate the immune system’s stress response. Above, a lone jogger in Ottawa, on March 17, 2020.
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The immune system can respond to stress in ways that harm health. But there's a stress-buster that can help keep you calm and healthy: exercise.
A Mediterranean diet is good for your gut health.
Your gut plays an important role in building your immune defences. Don't neglect it.
A nursing home resident who tested positive for the virus visits through the window with her daughter.
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Different demographics are more or less vulnerable to serious complications from the coronavirus. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.
If your child has accidentally eaten something you thought they were allergic to, but doesn't have a response, they may have grown out of their food allergy. Here's the safest way to check.
It’s an age-old battle between parents and kids.
Leaving your coat at home on a cold winter day doesn't automatically mean you're going to get sick. But it could make you more susceptible to germs.
Increased scientific understanding of the role microbes play in humans and other animals has led to the development of probiotics to improve heath.
From dietary supplements to poop transplants, probiotics are now a multi-billion dollar market.
Researchers discovered a cream could stop the spread of deadly viruses from mosquitoes.
The cream was found to boost the body's anti-viral immune response, stopping mosquito-borne viruses in their tracks.
Chest x-ray of a person with TB infection in both the right and left lungs.
There are more effective ways to give the tuberculosis vaccine.
The emotion of lassitude might help your body fight off infection by making certain adjustments.
Fighting off infection comes with predictable psychological and behavioral features. Now researchers suggest an emotion coordinates this response to help you get better. They call it 'lassitude.'
The humble peanut. Tasty for most, treacherous for some.
Dr Dwan Price
Peanut allergens have multiple allergenic traits that set them apart from other nuts.
Tens of millions of people worldwide suffer from migraines, according to the World Health Organization.
Many migraine headaches are triggered by certain foods. Recently, a lot of attention has focused on gluten. An expert explains how a piece of bread can cause pain in your head.
Delivering DNA to immune cells is the trickiest part of developing new gene-based therapies.
Researchers are trying to boost the power of our immune system by genetically altering our white blood cells and transforming them into super-soldiers to fight cancer.
A viral invasion is revealing how the genome has its own immune system to fight off attacks.
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Koala retrovirus is a menace to koalas, but by watching it at work scientists are finding out how the genome defends itself
A schoolteacher in the midst of receiving a full pe'a, the traditional Samoan tattoo generally worn by males.
An anthropologist works in American Samoa, taking advantage of the island's longstanding tattoo culture to tease out the effects tattoos have on the body's immune function.