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Immune Response May Highlight Gender Differences

The designation “man flu” began as a joke to acknowledge the eye-rolling observation among women that the men in their lives consistently complain more and feel and act sicker than they do, given the same diagnosis. New research, however, may vindicate males: gender differences in immune system responses may actually provide…

Chronic Inflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease

Chronic Inflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease

As medical researchers continue to make progress in understanding the causes and mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it appears that AD may be another example of an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s own immune system turns on itself in a case of mistaken identity.

Viruses May Be Harmful, Helpful, or Passengers

Viruses May Be Harmful, Helpful, or Passengers

One of the best estimates we have for the average total number of cells in the human body is 37.2 trillion. It sounds like a lot, until you consider that the average number of microbes in an adult human is estimated at 20 times the number of cells in the body. That would equal approximately 744 trillion microorganisms. In other words, we humans are vastly more microbial than cellular in nature. Each of us is, essentially, one giant germ.

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