Bacteria may be already defending you against flu

Bacteria may be already defending you against flu

Influenza virus, the causative agent of flu, primarily targets the respiratory tract and infects epithelial cells here. The epithelial cells of the nose and throat are enveloped by complex bacterial communities, leading Foxman and colleagues to hypothesize that this respiratory microbiome might interact with the virus – and could play...

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A genetic variant predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis, maybe you have it yourself.

A genetic variant predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis, maybe you have it yourself.

Scientists have discovered a genetic variant that predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis. It’s surprisingly common—but if you carry it, you likely will never know. The research also revealed genetic mutations that rob the immune system of its ability to combat more ubiquitous germs of the same bacterial family,...

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Healthier families with infections at bay!

Healthier families with infections at bay!

Infections are transmitted by air (saliva droplets, respiratory secretions, coughing, sneezing, talking) and / or contact. This contact can be direct with organic fluids (respiratory secretions, urine, blood, feces, wounds …) or through contaminated objects (toys, table, utensils, …). Washing hands with soap and water is the most important and...

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