Leukocytes

Obesity May Impair Immunity, Arteries

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People who are obese (more than 20% over ideal weight) are more likely to have impaired immune systems, says a recent joint study from Appalachian State and Loma Linda Universities. This supports previous reports that obese persons suffer more infectious illnesses than those of normal weight do.

Moreover, the obese women in the study exhibited elevated blood levels of leukocytes and neutrophils--specialized immune cells--which may contribute to the increased risk of heart disease seen in those who are overweight.

Immunomodulation by SanPharma Fungal Metabolic Products

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Objective: In the present study, a series of fungal metabolite products from SanPharma (Dohren, Germany) were tested for effects on human peripheral blood leukocytes in vitro using standard immun...

Modulation of Cytokine Synthesis in Human Leukocytes by Individual Components of a Combination Homeopathic Nasal Spray

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Modulation of Cytokine Synthesis in Human Leukocytes by Individual Components of a Combination Homeopathic Nasal Spray

Keywords: Antihomotoxic therapy, cytokines, immune system

Abstract

Using whole blood cultures, the individual components of the antihomotoxic preparation Euphorbium compositum nasal spray were studied with regard to their ability to influence responses of human immune system cells. There was considerable variation in the modifying effects of the different samples on the release of mediators by leukocytes.

Can Nutrition Limit Exercise-Induced Immunodepression?

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Prolonged exercise and heavy training are associated with depressed immune cell function. To maintain immune function, athletes should eat a well-balanced diet sufficient to meet their energy, ca...

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