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.
Syringe image via www.shutterstock.com
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.
Jeannette Rapicavoli/UC Riverside
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.
Measles immunization campaign poster display at the Eradicate Measles Exhibit in 1972.
CDC/ Don Lovell via Public Health Image Library
When the measles vaccine was introduced, it was associated with reductions in more childhood disease deaths than were actually caused by the measles. How does that work?
Ok, when will it come back?
Plucking hairs from the scalp causes surrounding hairs to regenerate, and could be a novel treatment for alopecia sufferers.
Avoiding peanuts is currently the only way to prevent allergic reactions.
Rates of food allergies have increased over recent decades and are at an all-time high. While we don’t know the full extent of the allergy epidemic, the rate of hospitalisation for food allergies has quadrupled…
The bacteria living in your gut have more to do with your immune system than you might think.
Your intestines are home to many different kinds of bacteria (and some non-bacterial organisms as well). Together they’re called the “gut microbiome.” They come from the food you eat – and whatever else…
Addictive drugs generate immune-like signals within the brain.
Cocaine is a popular recreational drug that makes users energetic, confident and talkative. It’s also highly addictive and dependence-producing. Australians rank fourth in the world in cocaine abuse rates…