Immune System


The scoop on your body's Department of Defense

We live in a world filled with bacteria, viruses, and other deadly pathogens. In fact, many of them are trying to invade your body right now. If this thought makes you nervous, feel reassured that your body has its own Department of Defense - your immune system. This network works hard round the clock to protect you from harmful invaders. When a pathogen launches an attack, your immune system organizes a beautifully coordinated counter-attack to destroy the pathogen and keep you healthy. Unfortunately, your immune system can make mistakes, including: not destroying diseased or harmful cells (infections and cancer), reacting to non-harmful substances (allergies), or going rogue and attacking your own cells (autoimmune diseases). The immune system is fascinating and complex, and we want to share with you what's going on in the field of immunology.

Antimicrobial Peptides: Your Body's Homeland Security

Antimicrobial Peptides: immune foot soldiers that are quick-acting, deadly, and on the front lines

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How do we survive infections when some types of bacteria can double their population as quickly as a run of a sitcom episode (twenty minutes) while our adaptive immune system takes a few days to produce antibodies and T cells in our defense? What defenses does our body use in the meantime to keep the infection under control?

Grains of Truth: Who Actually Needs to Go Gluten Free

Autoimmunity, Sensitivity, and Allergy: The Three Groups that Need to Go Gluten Free

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Most of us can remember hearing about new diet fads like juicing, the raw foods diet, and the baby food diet. Yet another common diet trend is the gluten free diet. However, this trend is different: some people actually need a gluten free diet for their health. In this article, we explore the differences between Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy.