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Ditch western food for Mediterranean to keep your gut happy. It’s a hub for your immunity

Keeping your tummy happy is extremely important for a well-functioning immune system. A diverse range of natural diets can help with that.
A sweet shop employee places a sign in front of their 'Immunity Sandesh', in Kolkata in June | ANI

3rd Covid wave fears should make Indians cut down on sugar, salt and alcohol

A single food or supplement won't boost your immunity overnight. A whole foods-based nutritious diet is crucial to maintaining optimal function of immune system.
A health worker shows a box containing a bottle of Ivermectin, a medicine authorized to treat patients with mild, asymptomatic or suspicious Covid, in Cali, Colombia | Photographer: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

It’s not Ivermectin but the human immune system that can fight Covid better

Most people who get better attribute their recovery to a drug, but what actually save them is their immune system which will work even better with more widespread vaccination.
Representational image| A magnified coronavirus illustration in a lab inside the Pasteur Institute | Adrienne Surprenant/Bloomberg

Immunity lasts at least 1 year for recovered Covid patients, study of bone marrow shows

A US study looked at bone marrow of recovered Covid patients and found plasma cells that can specifically recognise the spike protein of the coronavirus, upto 11 months after infection.
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California woman could be first to recover from HIV without drugs or surgery, study says

Loreen Willenberg, 66, is only the third patient ever to recover from HIV, but the first without drugs or surgery. Researchers say her body 'locked away' the virus in her genome.
Representational image| A magnified coronavirus illustration in a lab inside the Pasteur Institute | Adrienne Surprenant/Bloomberg

Can you catch Covid from a recovered male sexual partner? And other such questions

The mounting evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 can infect immune-privileged sites, and linger on for a while.
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T cells, B cells and the range of the human body’s immune response — A simple decoder

The human immunity system is a complex network of responses that rely on the interplay of blood cells, including T and B cells, to defeat pathogens such as the coronavirus.
One of the common misconceptions about vitamin supplements and other nutraceuticals is that they boost one's immunity | Representational image | Polina Tankilevitch | Pexels

Immunity boosters are a myth — why you shouldn’t believe claims that promise to fight Covid

There is no scientific evidence to support claims of companies selling 'immunity boosting' foods which supposedly enhance immunity. The body's natural process is already working.
A health worker collects a sample of a patient in Gurugram Saturday, July 4, 2020. | PTI

Immunologists must drive the Covid-19 discussion, not headline-hunting epidemiologists

In Episode 522 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta draws on an article by Beda M. Stadler, an eminent biologist from Switzerland, to underline the importance of studying the immune system for Covid.
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Coronavirus isn’t the killer, our immune response is

An overreaction from the immune system — or a cytokine storm — can endanger a person fighting off an infection. Which is why it is crucial in Covid treatment.
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Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.