Tagged: immune system

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

Want to pimp your immune system? Take a holiday - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 13, 2016

By Fulvio D’Acquisto, Queen Mary University of London Going on holiday, having a fun night out with friends, or simply relaxing at home with a good book – these activities make us feel good. Now, for the first time, we have evidence that they also do us good. Our latest study shows that our surroundings and lifestyle can have … Read More

Antibody injections could be stepping stone to HIV vaccine - Guest Work

Guest Author May 10, 2016

By Ivy Shih, The Conversation Imagine a seasonal jab of antibodies that could neutralise the HIV virus. Such an injection could prove to be next best alternative to an HIV vaccine, which has proven elusive to date. American and German researchers have demonstrated that by injecting macaques with neutralising antibodies, they successfully shielded the monkeys from HIV infection … Read More

Breast milk is not a substitute for vaccination. - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Jul 02, 2013

It is not uncommon to find folks promoting breastfeeding as a way to boost their children’s immune systems as an alternative rather than an adjunct to vaccination. On the West Coast, this philosophy is hindering the regions efforts in achieving high enough vaccine coverage to prevent disease as noted in the Herald this week. When it comes to prevention … Read More

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