Your Immune System

Your Immune System Articles

Do I need a shingles vaccine booster?

The shingles vaccine becomes less effective over time, but currently there is no approved booster shot available. To ensure protection at the time of greatest risk, people should get the vaccine at age 60 or older. (Locked) More »

Sniffing out sinus relief

Chronic sinusitis strikes when inflammation leads to swelling within the lining of the sinuses. This can interfere with normal drainage, cause mucus buildup, and make it hard to breathe through the nose. Over-the-counter treatments and home remedies can often control the problem, although surgery is sometimes needed for severe cases. (Locked) More »

Teaching T cells to fight cancer

Immunotherapy, one of the fastest-growing cancer treatments, helps the immune system better target and kill cancer cells by focusing only on the cancerous cells while sparing the healthy ones. One of the most innovative immunology therapies is chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, which is custom-made for individuals and their specific cancer. It can be an alternative for people who are resistant to chemotherapy, or diseases that don’t respond well to the treatment. (Locked) More »

Fighting inflammation at the meal table

Gut bacteria, which are influenced by an individual’s diet, play a role in inflammation. An eating plan based on unprocessed plant-based foods—fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains—is linked to lower levels of inflammation. More »

Surviving the flu season

Even if the flu shot isn’t a perfect match for the virus, vaccination still lowers the chance of getting influenza and reduces symptoms for those who do. Fluzone High Dose and Fluad are more effective for people 65 and older. (Locked) More »

Can gut bacteria improve your health?

About 100 trillion bacteria, both good and bad, live inside your digestive system. This population is known collectively as the gut microbiota. Emerging research suggests certain species and strains of gut bacteria can help prevent or treat diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and heart disease, as well as help improve mood by lowering levels of stress and anxiety. A balanced, healthy diet that includes high-fiber and fermented foods can help your gut bacteria system thrive. (Locked) More »

The best foods for vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are as essential for living as air and water. Not only do they keep your body healthy and functional, they protect you from a variety of diseases. Vitamins and minerals get thrown together, but they are quite different. Vitamins are organic substances produced by plants or animals. They often are called "essential" because they are not synthesized in the body (except for vitamin D) and therefore must come from food. More »