Addressing the increased risks of certain diseases among those with Down syndrome could help improve their quality of life.
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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.
Endometriosis can cause a range of painful symptoms.
Further exploring this connection could potentially lead to better treatment of the condition.
Multiple sclerosis involves the immune system attacking the protective myelin sheath of neurons.
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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.
Exercising regularly, and spending time outdoors can improve your health.
As tempting as it is, it is not possible to “supplement” oneself out of a bad lifestyle.
Most of us are eager to avoid getting sick this time of year.
Here are some simple things you can do everyday to help your immune system fight off infections.
In this November 1918 photo, a nurse tends to a patient in the influenza ward of the Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Md.
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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.
Nasal vaccines for COVID-19 are still in early development.
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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.
Asymptomatic sensitization may lead people to continue consuming food allergens, causing hidden neurological issues.
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Food allergies have been linked to behavioral and mood disorders, including depression, anxiety and ADHD.
Insect bites or stings, like the one on this person’s hand, are a manifestation of inflammation.
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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.
Rheumatoid arthritis leads to painful joint inflammation, often in the hands and wrists.
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A new species of bacteria that doesn’t normally live in the gut may trigger an immune response so strong that it spreads to the joints.
Heavy metals can be toxic to plants - and humans, too.
Plants have evolved several ways to deal with heavy metals that might otherwise poison or kill them.
A new theory of Alzheimer’s disease reassesses the role of beta-amyloid in the brain.
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Alzheimer’s may not be primarily a disease of the brain. It may be a disorder of the immune system within the brain. Beta-amyloid may not be an abnormal protein, but part of the brain’s immune system.
Evidence is growing there are changes to your immune system that may put you at risk of other infectious diseases.
Exposure to diverse microbes boosts our immunity, while spending time in nature restores wellbeing. And COVID reminds us of the risks of new viruses when we intrude on and degrade natural habitats.
Bacteria can team up with viruses to cause coinfections.
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Coinfections with bacteria can make viral infections even deadlier. Researchers have identified a protein in immune cells that may play a role in fighting both types of pathogens.
New remedies are needed as rates of multi-drug resistant TB rise.
As antibiotics lose their power to treat some forms of TB, interest in the antibacterial powers of curdlan is rising.
The appearance of hives can vary with skin color.
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Hives are an allergic reaction and can sometimes be a sign of a more serious immune response.
The immune system usually stays dormant in the lungs in times of health.
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While a strong immune response is essential to fight against viral infection, an immune system that continues to stay active long after the virus has been cleared can lead to lung damage.