MS is an autoimmune disease in which elements of the immune system begin to damage the brain and spinal cord.
The causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) are complex, but recent research found Epstein Barr virus, the same virus that causes mononucleosis, is an environmental trigger for MS.
The stress of exercising while sick could potentially make our immune cells less effective.
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As little as 30 minutes of exercise five times a week can benefit your immune system.
Viewing immunity as a carpet that we weave together evokes labour and artistry, and suggests we have a role in crafting something rather than simply being acted upon by a virus.
The metaphor of a collective “carpet of immunity” invites us to imagine immunity as a collaborative project, spreading out to protect those for whom the end of mandates means increased vulnerability.
Immunologists are studying how the SARS-CoV-2 virus interacts with antibodies in the immune system.
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COVID-19 has taken away so much. An immunology researcher describes the good it may leave behind.
Rapid HIV test.
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The drug pembrolizumab reveals where latent HIV is hiding.
Nucleic acid vaccines use mRNA to give cells instructions on how to produce a desired protein.
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DNA and mRNA vaccines produce a different kind of immune response than traditional vaccines, allowing researchers to tackle some previously unsolvable problems in medicine.
Regret can increase stress and negatively affect one’s physical health.
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Remorse and sorrow from a bad choice can haunt you for years, even decades. But there are evidence-based ways to move past regret.
If it’s been six months since your second COVID vaccine dose, it’s time to book in for your booster. Here’s why.
Many vaccine formulations are tweaked for patients of different ages.
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First CDC signed off on a COVID-19 vaccine for adults, then teens. Now US children ages 5 to 11 are officially eligible for shots. Here’s the science on why each group needs to be considered separately.
Protection from infection wanes over time. So boosters will offer extra protection and hopefully reduce the spread of the virus even further.
Exercise is still one of the best ways to boost longevity.
Life-extension therapies may be coming sooner than you think.
But the immune cells that vaccination spurs do last a long time.
The estimated lifetime costs of antiretroviral therapy for someone who acquires HIV at age 35 is $358,380.
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People with HIV need to take daily medication to keep the virus at bay. A study has found that a new treatment combination could boost immunity and control virus levels even after stopping medication.
Several thousand protestors opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine march through the streets of midtown Manhattan in New York on Sept. 18, 2021.
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A growing body of research shows that nutrition, sleep, exercise and a host of other lifestyle choices can help optimize the immune system. But they are no substitute for life-saving vaccines.
It’s unclear whether the patients were already predisposed to these diseases, or the infection unmasked a process that had already begun. Or perhaps the infection triggered a completely new illness.
New discovery could help scientists develop more targeted drugs and vaccines.
Emergency medical technicians aid a COVID-19 patient at his home in Louisville, Kentucky. Like much of the U.S., Louisville is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 patients requiring emergency transport to medical facilities.
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Medications to treat COVID-19 are in no way a substitute for the vaccine. But under the right circumstances, some show great promise for helping patients.
People getting vaccinated may still have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, like why it takes two doses — and then two weeks — to take full effect.
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A medical student answers questions he gets asked at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic: Efficacy versus real-world effectiveness, immune response and how the mRNA vaccines compare to vaccines already in wide use.
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.
Despite rampant misinformation, studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe for both the mom and baby.
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A COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility – but it can protect you from the dangerous complications of contracting the virus.