There’s not enough evidence yet to support the AstraZeneca CEO’s statement. But it is theoretically plausible.
During pregnancy, the body’s specialized immune cells must learn to recognize the fetus as part of the self so that they don’t attack it.
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How the immune system learns not to attack a developing fetus and placenta is important to understanding pregnancy and its common complications, like miscarriage.
White blood cells dying.
The survival of the human body is a fine balancing act between cell growth and cell death. Understanding our cells’ complex “licence to die” could give us new ways to combat disease.
Our study revealed breastfed babies had twice the number of regulatory T cells.
Until now, researchers haven’t quite known why the immune systems of breastfed babies are better equipped.
Some people’s blood can mount an immune response against SARS-CoV-2, even if those blood samples were taken from before the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Is coronavirus over in some cities?
There is speculation about whether a population can achieve some sort of immunity to the virus with as little as 20% infected.
The relationship between the coronavirus and human genetics is murky.
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Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19.
A rare type of inflammatory disease that causes repeated bouts of high temperatures can run in families. Here’s what we know so far.
Some changes are more noticeable than others during pregnancy.
Understanding how pregnancy changes some of the body’s fundamental systems could help treat cancer and other diseases.
You might feel terrible. But your runny nose, sore throat and aches are signs your body is fighting the flu virus. And that’s a good thing.
How can a tiny flu virus make you feel so bad, all over? Here’s what’s behind your high temperature, muscle aches and other flu symptoms.
As people’s bodies age, so do their blood cells. This affects immunity and an ability to withstand certain cancer treatments. A recent study in mice suggests that those cells can be rejuvenated.
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.
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Finding ways to use our immune system to fight cancer could pave the way for personalized cancer treatment. But to get there, we need to overcome some pretty big obstacles.
Head and neck cancer underway.
Immune cells in the blood primarily defend us against infection. But we’re now learning that these cells can also keep us free from cancer. Patients with less efficient immune systems such as organ transplant…
HIV is a cunning virus. It integrates itself into the genes of a host cell and after treatment with anti-retroviral therapy (ART) is able to evade detection by hiding out in hidden reservoirs. ART can…
Researchers have improved their understanding of high-risk genes responsible for the development of rheumatoid arthritis…
The cellular and molecular generators of pain are fundamentally different between males and females.
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It’s long been a household debate: who really is the stronger sex, men or women? It’s no secret that physically, men often outperform women. But women have long argued that the gruelling experiences of…
We are still learning about the benefits of breast milk and breast feeding.
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Breastfeeding may be an ancient practice but we are learning new things about it all the time. My colleagues and I, for instance, have recently found that the lactating breast has the amazing ability to…