Viruses can get into cells in several ways. Figuring out how to stop them from entering in the first place is a key to developing better vaccines and stopping future pandemics.
Dietary supplements claim to be able to ‘boost your immune system’ to combat disease. But attaining immune balance through a healthy lifestyle and vaccination is a safer bet to keep in good health.
Slimy snot is an important part of how your immune system wards off germs and fights back from infection.
Itch-sensing neurons in your skin are intertwined with your immune cells. Counterintuitively, the molecule that connects them triggers responses that both worsen and improve skin conditions.
The human body has been making antivirals for eons, long before scientists did. A protein in your cells called viperin produces molecules that work similarly to the COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir.
The bacterium that causes Lyme disease is a master of disguise, changing its appearance to evade the immune system as it moves from the ticks that carry it to humans or animals.
The heat and chills that come with fever are not only uncomfortable but also metabolically costly. Increased body temperature, however, can make all the difference when you’re sick.
Women are more likely to develop chronic diseases driven by the immune system.
Africa is suffering from a silent, but costly, epidemic of fungal infections.
People with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome 21. Understanding the effects of those triplicated genes could help improve the health of those with Down syndrome and other medical conditions.
Recent research has shown there’s a link between multiple sclerosis and Epstein-Barr virus. A new study brings us closer to understanding the nature of this connection.
Further exploring this connection could potentially lead to better treatment of the condition.
The gut microbiome plays a big role in mediating how the immune system responds to perceived threats, which include the body’s own nerves.
Three quarters of Australians are living with HSV-1, with cold sores tending to appear at the most inconvenient times.
As tempting as it is, it is not possible to “supplement” oneself out of a bad lifestyle.
Here are some simple things you can do everyday to help your immune system fight off infections.
During the 1918 flu pandemic, white people died at similar rates to Black Americans, according to a new study – a very different pattern than what occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An effective nasal vaccine could stop the virus that causes COVID-19 right at its point of entry. But devising one that works has been a challenge for researchers.
Food allergies have been linked to behavioral and mood disorders, including depression, anxiety and ADHD.
Inflammation is a complicated and important part of how the immune system responds to threats to the body. But when the inflammatory response goes awry, it can lead to serious problems.