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Disrupted immune system? Avoid getting a tattoo

Disrupted immune system? Avoid getting a tattoo

If your immune system is not strong and healthy, then you might experience unexpected side effects after getting a tattoo done — so suggests the case of a woman who sought treatment for mysterious and persistent pain in her left hip, knee, and thigh. If you have any reason to doubt the functioning of your […]

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Using spider silk to boost our immune systems

Using spider silk to boost our immune systems

New research showcases an innovative method of delivering vaccines straight to our white blood cells, strengthening the immune system against cancer and serious infections. Spider silk was the inspiration in a new study that showcases a more effective type of vaccine. Immunotherapy, which is a widely used form of treatment against cancer, boosts the body’s […]

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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 […]