Tagged: immune system

How well your immune system works can depend on the time of day - COVID-19

Guest Author Jun 04, 2021

Annie Curtis, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences   When microorganisms – such as bacteria or viruses – infect us, our immune system jumps into action. It’s highly trained to sense and eliminate infections and clear up any damage caused by them. It’s typically assumed our immune systems work the exact same way regardless of whether an infection occurs … Read More

When Scientists Become Allergic To Their Research - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 09, 2021

Hannah Thomasy Bryan Fry’s heart was pounding as he stepped back from the snake enclosure and examined the bite marks on his hand. He had just been bitten by a death adder, one of Australia’s most venomous snakes. Its neurotoxin-laced bite could cause vomiting, paralysis and — as the name suggests — death. Fry, at the time … Read More

Immunity to COVID-19 may not last. This threatens a vaccine and herd immunity - COVID-19

Guest Author Jul 17, 2020

Nigel McMillan, Griffith University How is the world going to go back to the days when we could grab a coffee, see a movie, or attend a concert or footy game with anyone? Opinion suggests there are two options: an effective vaccine, or herd immunity via at least 60-80% of people becoming infected. Either one of these options requires that … Read More

Night owls may have 10 percent higher risk of early death, study says - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 24, 2018

Kristen Knutson, Northwestern University and Malcolm von Schantz, University of Surrey This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Do you wake up bright eyed and bushy-tailed, greeting the sunrise with cheer and vigor? Or are you up late into the night and dread the sound of your alarm clock? … Read More

Does running a marathon increase your risk of infections? - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 23, 2018

James Turner, University of Bath and John P Campbell, University of Bath This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. It is commonly believed that some forms of exercise, such as endurance events, suppress your immune system and leave you at risk of infections, like the common cold. However, our … Read More

Explainer: what is lupus and how is stress implicated? - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 13, 2018

Eric Morand, Monash Health This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Thanks to Selena Gomez and Dr House, most of us have heard of lupus. But most of us don’t know what it is, and until recently, none of us were sure whether stress could be a risk … Read More

How tattoos stay put thanks to a war with your immune system - Nano Girl

Michelle Dickinson Mar 16, 2018

Humans have marked their bodies with permanent tattoos for thousands of years to show off their social status, religious beliefs, declarations of love or just an appreciation of art.  For years tattoos were thought to stay in the skin because a dye was injected deep into the dermal layer of the skin staining the skin cells or fibroblasts located there.  … Read More

Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 23, 2018

Noortje Uphoff, University of York This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Poverty remains a widespread problem. In the UK, 30% of children are growing up in poverty. More than half of these children are in working households, and poverty is on the rise even for children whose parents … Read More

Why are only some viruses transmissible by blood and how are they actually spread? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 28, 2017

David Griffin, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and Thomas Schulz, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity Since the 1980s, most of us have been aware we need to be careful when coming into contact with the blood of others, because some viruses can be transmitted in this way. But why is … Read More

How our immune system causes heart disease - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 24, 2017

Rahul Kurup, Heart Research Institute Heart disease is among the leading causes of death globally and imposes a significant burden on the health-care system. We know some of the causes of heart disease: smoking, unhealthy diet, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and genes. But there are also a lot of people who die from heart … Read More

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