Immune function


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Immune function

The state in which the body recognizes foreign materials and is able to neutralize them before they can do any harm.
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If the trials end positively, interleukin-2 will become the first therapy directed specifically at increasing cell number and improving immune function.
Further studies should examine whether a mix of depression and cigarette smoking accompanies impaired immune function in women, note Jung and Irwin.
After being treated with the anticortisol drug, those patients experienced an improvement in their immune function.
We suspect that an inhibited personality style caused some of the men both to conceal their homosexuality and to suffer decreased immune function after HIV infection.
After infection with HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, people usually experience a period of good health before a devastating decline of immune function results in a host of opportunistic infections.
The gene's protein resembles phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI-3 kinase) and other well-known enzymes involved in immune function, cell death, and cell division, says Shiloh.
Early morning awakening and other sleep problems may contribute to the loss of immune function observed by other researchers (SN: 4/6/91, p.
This is the first time anybody's done a good, controlled study looking at the direct effect of contaminant exposures on immune function or ability to resist disease," says Ferrick, codirector of the International Program for Marine Mammal Health at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif.

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