Category Archives: Immune System

Understanding plants’ immune systems could lead to better tomatoes, roses, rice

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Spring is just around the corner and for millions of Americans, that means planting a garden with plenty of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes. However, some of the plants will be infected by bacteria, leading to stunted … Continue reading

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Sleep deprived? Naps might help your immune system

(Reuters Health) - Getting too little sleep is linked to poor health, but short naps might partly offset that effect, a small study suggests. Sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on brain function, metabolism, hormones and the immune system. … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding shapes immune system: Henry Ford Hospital researchers

DETROIT – Henry Ford Hospital researchers say that breastfeeding and other factors influence a baby’s immune system development and susceptibility to allergies and asthma by what’s in their gut. The striking findings from a series of studies further advance the … Continue reading

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Immune System Promotes Digestive Health by Fostering Community of “Good” Gut Bacteria

Newswise — As many as 1.4 million Americans suffer from uncomfortable abdominal cramping and diarrhea that come with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These conditions, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are associated with an imbalance among the thousands … Continue reading

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7 immunity-boosting foods

Your immune system plays a key role in overall health and wellness. Unfortunately, your immune health can be compromised by destructive free radicals and oxidative stress from environmental and lifestyle factors. Eating foods rich in immune-boosting nutrients is essential to … Continue reading

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Binge drinking disrupts immune system in young adults, study finds

MAYWOOD, Il. - Binge drinking in young, healthy adults significantly disrupts the immune system, according to a study led by a researcher now at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Depending on their weight, study participants drank four or … Continue reading

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Cancer and the Immune System: A Double-Edged Sword

Newswise — During cancer development, tumor cells decorate their surfaces with sugar compounds called glycans that are different from those found on normal, healthy cells. In the Sept. 15 online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of … Continue reading

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Immune system link to mental illness identified

Children with high everyday levels of a protein released into the blood in response to infection are at greater risk of developing depression and psychosis in adulthood, according to new research which suggests a role for the immune system in … Continue reading

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Why people over 60 are prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies

Newswise — There’s a good reason people over 60 are not donor candidates for bone marrow transplantation. The immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and a UC San Francisco … Continue reading

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Fasting may help protect against immune-related effects of chemotherapy and aging

While chemotherapy can save lives, it can also cause many side effects, including the depletion of immune cells. Also, even in the absence of chemotherapy, normal aging takes a heavy toll on the immune system, leading to immune deficiencies and … Continue reading

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Sepsis contributes to as many as half of all hospital deaths in US, study says

ATS 2014, SAN DIEGO ─ Although it’s present in only a tenth of all patients who are admitted to the hospital, sepsis contributes to up to half of all hospital deaths in the U.S., according to a study presented at … Continue reading

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Zinc supplementation boosts immune system in children, Cochrane Review finds

Zinc supplements reduce diarrhoea and other infections in malnourished children, and may prevent death, according to a new study published in The Cochrane Library. The study is the first Cochrane systematic review to focus on zinc as a means to … Continue reading

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How to inhibit the response of your own immune system

With the help of simple techniques like breathing exercises, meditation and repeated exposure to cold you can activate the autonomic nervous system and inhibit the response of your immune system. Researchers from the Radboud university medical center have provided the … Continue reading

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