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Baking soda: A safe, easy treatment for arthritis?

Baking soda: A safe, easy treatment for arthritis?

Baking soda has been used as a home remedy for generations due to its antacid properties. Yet its benefits run even deeper, and new research may explain why it is an effective aid in the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis. How can this kitchen staple change the body’s inflammatory response? Baking soda, also […]

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Why do I always feel sick?

Why do I always feel sick?

Everyone feels sick sometimes, but in some circumstances, a person can feel sick all or most of the time. This feeling can refer to nausea, catching colds often, or being run-down. A person might feel sick continuously for a few days, weeks, or months due to a lack of sleep, stress, anxiety, or a poor […]

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Can this biochemical ‘switch off’ inflammation?

Can this biochemical ‘switch off’ inflammation?

Macrophages are cells that play a key role in inflammation. And now, new research — led by Trinity College Dublin in Ireland — has found a previously unknown process that can switch off the production of inflammatory factors in macrophages. Scientists find an ‘off-switch’ for inflammation in macrophages (depicted here). The researchers suggest that the […]

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What are flu vaccines made of and why?

What are flu vaccines made of and why?

Flu shots contain numerous ingredients in very small quantities. They often include a deactivated flu virus. Each of the ingredients work together to ensure that the vaccine is safe and effective. Influenza viruses are always changing, which means that the flu vaccine is updated every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend […]

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Tips for a healthy immune system

Tips for a healthy immune system

The immune system defends the body against infection. Although it works effectively most of the time, sometimes our immune system fails, and we become sick. Are there ways we can boost our immune system and prevent illness? We find out. Our immune system protects us from infection and disease, but is there a way we […]

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Cancer, infection, and autoimmunity in 2018: Will we win the war?

Cancer, infection, and autoimmunity in 2018: Will we win the war?

Vaccines proved to be a game changer in modern medicine. The fight isn’t over yet, however; cancer, infectious diseases, and autoimmune conditions still plague humanity to this day. Might 2018 see the tipping point in this war? Biomaterials can be used in a number of ways in the development of vaccines and immunotherapy. Imagine a […]

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Innovative technique developed to produce antibodies

Innovative technique developed to produce antibodies

Researchers have developed a novel approach to generate human antibodies rapidly in the laboratory. This groundbreaking method not only speeds up the production of antibodies to treat many diseases, but it could also be used in the development of new vaccines. Generating antibodies rapidly in a laboratory could help to treat a wide range of […]

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Swine flu vaccine not likely to increase risk for overall birth defects

Swine flu vaccine not likely to increase risk for overall birth defects

Researchers could not completely rule out an increased risk for specific defects. The H1N1 influenza vaccine, Pandemrix, administered in pregnant women in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy does not seem to be associated with an increased risk for overall birth defects when genetic and environmental factors are considered. However, risk increases for specific birth […]

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‘Immune Camouflage’ may explain H7N9 influenza vaccine failure

‘Immune Camouflage’ may explain H7N9 influenza vaccine failure

The avian influenza A (H7N9) virus has been a major concern since the first outbreak in China in 2013. Due to its high rate of lethality and pandemic potential, H7N9 vaccine development has become a priority for public health officials. However, candidate vaccines have failed to elicit the strong immune responses necessary to protect from […]

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Confidence in government linked to willingness to vaccinate

Confidence in government linked to willingness to vaccinate

Study looked at 2009 swine flu vaccine use in United States A new study suggests that confidence in government may play a key role in the public’s willingness to get at least some vaccines. The study re-analyzed national survey data from 2009 that examined Americans’ views on a then-new vaccine for the H1N1 virus – […]