Anxiety / Stress Immune System / Vaccines

Could gut bacteria explain the link between stress and autoimmune disease?

New evidence could explain why stress is a risk factor for autoimmune disease. A recent study in mice reveals that persistent social stress changes gut microbiota, or microorganisms, in ways that can trigger certain immune responses. Why does stress influence the risk of autoimmune diseases? Autoimmune conditions develop when the immune system attacks the body’s […]

Immune System / Vaccines

How stopping cell death may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis

Research in mice now shows that a specific cell death mechanism can lead to rheumatoid arthritis. Stopping this mechanism could help prevent this condition from developing, the authors argue. Researchers uncover a key cellular mechanism involved in RA that has potential therapeutic implications. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune condition characterized mainly by pain […]

Immune System / Vaccines Lupus

How to recognize the early signs of lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune condition that can cause pain, problems in multiple organs and systems of the body, inflammation, and complications that range from minor to life-threatening. In autoimmune conditions such as lupus, the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, more than 1.5 million people in the United […]

Immune System / Vaccines

Is sugar the key to treating lung problems?

New research conducted in mouse models suggests that the availability of glucose (a simple sugar) in the lung environment could influence the immune response. The study’s authors believe that we may be able to use this information to develop better therapies for respiratory diseases. Could sugar inhalation therapy become a viable treatment for respiratory conditions? […]

Anxiety / Stress Immune System / Vaccines

How to stop getting sick

Chronic stress or sleep deprivation are factors that can often cause people to keep getting sick. Although simple lifestyle changes are sometimes enough to improve these issues, this is not always the case. Frequently getting sick can be disruptive as well as uncomfortable. It may also lead to more serious health complications over time. For […]