Six ways to support your gut and immune system this winter

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A healthy gut is key for overall health and affects so much more than just our digestion. With links to mental health, heart health, sleep, skin conditions and more, it’s no wonder the gut is often referred to as our ‘second brain’.

And did you know the health of your gut can also have a big impact on your immune function?

“Around 70% of your immune system is actually located in your gastrointestinal tract” says Corin Sadler, nutritionist at Higher Nature (highernature.com). “This means they are very closely linked and, in many ways, one in the same.

“So a healthy

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Johnson & Johnson one-shot coronavirus vaccine generates immune response, few side effects

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By Maggie Fox | CNN

Early stage trials of Johnson & Johnson’s experimental coronavirus vaccine show it generated an immune response in nearly all volunteers, with minimal side-effects, after a single dose.

The company expects to report details of more advanced trials later this month and is hoping to apply for authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration soon after.

Researchers who tested the vaccine in a combined Phase 1-2 trial — mostly meant to show safety — found either one or two doses of the vaccine generated both antibody and T-cell responses against the coronavirus. The trials were

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Low immune system: Signs, symptoms, and causes of weakened immunity

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There are many reasons why you might have a weakened immune system. Some you can control, such as your diet, stress levels, and the amount of sleep you get. If you’re immunocompromised or required to take certain medications (like chemotherapy drugs), however, you may have less control over your immune system. 

According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, there are an estimated 10 million people living with a compromised immune system in the United States. 

“There’s no magic pill for improving the immune system,” says Abisola Olulade, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician. Instead, Olulade says limiting your

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Model analyzes how viruses escape the immune system | MIT News

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One reason it’s so difficult to produce effective vaccines against some viruses, including influenza and HIV, is that these viruses mutate very rapidly. This allows them to evade the antibodies generated by a particular vaccine, through a process known as “viral escape.”

MIT researchers have now devised a new way to computationally model viral escape, based on models that were originally developed to analyze language. The model can predict which sections of viral surface proteins are more likely to mutate in a way that enables viral escape, and it can also identify sections that are less likely to mutate, making

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Researchers find how cancer can be killed by body’s own immune system

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A new way to help the body’s immune system get past that deception and destroy cancer, has been found by a University of Missouri researcher.

“Normally, your body’s immune cells are constantly on patrol to identify and destroy foreign entities in the body,” said Yves Chabu, an assistant professor in the Division of Biological Sciences.

“Normal cells put up a ‘don’t-eat-me’ molecular flag that is recognized by immune cells, thereby preventing the destruction of normal tissues. But some cancers have also developed the ability to mimic normal cells and produce this ‘don’t eat me’ signal. As a consequence, the immune

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