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The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things. Now We Know Why

When babies in the African countries of Guinea Bissau and Uganda were given the tuberculosis vaccine, something remarkable happened. Instead of the vaccine only protecting against the target bacteria – Myocbacterium tuberculosis – the tuberculosis vaccine offered broad protection against a range of unrelated infections, including respiratory infections and serious complications such as sepsis.   Australian researchers have […]

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Covid-19, Gender And Immune Response: What’s The Relationship? (Part Two)

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Covid-19

Long COVID-19 and other chronic respiratory conditions after viral infections may stem from an overactive immune response in the lungs

Viruses that cause respiratory diseases like the flu and COVID-19 can lead to mild to severe symptoms within the first few weeks of infection. These symptoms typically resolve within a few more weeks, sometimes with the help of treatment if severe. However, some people go on to experience persistent symptoms that last several months to […]

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Covid-19, Gender And Immune Response: What’s The Relationship?

This is the first installment in a two part series which analyzes biological sex differences in immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection. This article focuses primarily on Covid-19 related viral entry as well as innate and adaptive immune responses Covid-19 and their correlation to epidemiological evidence. Part two will highlight the role of sex hormones in […]

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Study Suggests We Have This STI to Thank For The Evolution of Grandmothers

The arms race between the human immune system and gonorrhea might have had the useful side effect of promoting healthy brain tissue later in life. This tiny boost to cognitive health in our twilight years might have played a small role in ensuring grandmas were sharp-minded enough for evolution to keep them around.   While […]

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Where Does ‘Brain Fog’ Come From? New Evidence Could Solve The COVID Mystery

A small new study published Tuesday by scientists at the US National Institutes of Health suggests that the immune response triggered by coronavirus infections damages the brain’s blood vessels and could be responsible for long COVID symptoms.   ​The paper, published in the journal Brain, was based on brain autopsies from nine people who died […]

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Social Stress Has Been Linked to Accelerated Immune Aging. Here’s What You Need to Know

As people age, their immune systems naturally begin to decline. This aging of the immune system, called immunosenescence, may be an important part of such age-related health problems as cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as older people’s less effective response to vaccines.   But not all immune systems age at the same rate. In […]

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Our Blood Could Be Coming From a Previously Unknown Source, Mouse Study Suggests

Our bodies are so complicated that even the most vital and well-studied systems are still throwing up surprises.  Blood, for instance, may have not just one, but two types of cellular origins within forming mammalian bodies, a study in mice has just revealed.   “Historically, people have believed that most of our blood comes from […]

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Ingenious Technique Leads to Kids Having Kidney Transplants Without Immune Suppression

Organ transplants can quite literally save lives, but they also come with strings attached – often including a lifetime of immunosuppression drug treatments required to keep the immune system in check, lest it reject the transplanted organ as a foreign invader.   Now scientists are reporting on three successful kidney organ transplants, carried out in […]

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Technology

Apple is the safest play in consumer hardware but isn’t immune to this one ‘growing risk’

Apple Inc. faces risks from an expected slowdown in tech spending, but it’s still the safest play among consumer-hardware names, according to Morgan Stanley. “While low- and mid-range consumer spending data points have been deteriorating for months,” Morgan Stanley analyst Erik Woodring noted that high-end spending has been more resilient. That could change, however, as […]