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Interferons Protect Body Viruses
Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on ...Read more
Unclear question: Immune system normally makes all types of antibodies in very small amounts. Vaccines increase the amount of antibodies to the antigens in the vaccine. ...Read more
Hepatitis B infectio: Not being of black, hispanic and asian origin is one barrier to acquisition of hepatitis b virus (hbv) infection. Other factors include later age at first intercourse, abstinence and monogamous relationship. Because of the implementation of routine HBV vaccinations of infants in 1992 and adolescents in 1995, the prevalence of HBV infection has declined. In taiwan- from 10% in 1984 to 1% in 1994. ...Read more
It can....: Get it treated! you can use the liquid you can also try oral Cimetidine (400 mg three times a day for 12-16 weeks). This is very safe and had the side effect of getting rid of warts for many people of adult size and weight (japma november 1, 1995 vol. 85 no. 11 717-718 ). It seems to boost the immune system and help get rid of warts. ...Read more
Do inactivated rabies vaccines elicit cell mediated immunity(t-cells) aside from just antibody production?
Activated rabies vac: Yes. They activate dendritic cells and presumptively enhance immune function in that fashion. J virol 2011 feb; 85(4) :1634-44. ...Read more
Unfortunately: that tough castle wall is not impenetrable. ...Read more
Yes: The 2011-2012 seasonal influenza vaccine was designed to protect against influenza a h3n2, influenza b and the h1n1 strain of influenza. Each year, the vaccine is designed to protect against the three strains that are predicted to be the most common in the upcoming influenza season. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet and exercise: A balanced diet with plenty of leafy green vegetables supports your immune system. Consider organic vegetables in a salad and juiced. Exercise every day however you like helps too. Stress reduction with meditation is a big help. This is such a good time in your life to develop these good habits. Also, live cheaply so you'll never get trapped in a job you no longer love. All the best. ...Read more
If colds are caused by rhinovirus mainly, why doesn't our inmune system have defenses against it? (like measles).Does this virus change everyear?.
Many viruses: The "common cold" is caused by many viruses, though, as you point out, rhinovirus is the most common accounting for 30–80% of colds in a given season. Others include a type of picornavirus with 99 known serotypes, coronavirus, influenza viruses, adenoviruses, human parainfluenza viruses, human respiratory syncytial virus, enteroviruses and more. ...Read more
Yes and no: There is often some immune response to cancers. We pathologists can often see it under the microscope. Almost all cancers evade it eventually. Immune enhancers are highly effective for a minority of melanomas and kidney cancers. The immune response, especially to oat cell carcinoma, can make a person horrendously sick (blind, insane, more). Ignore any 'pop' immune enhancers for cancer. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Does the eye, if exposed to viruses/bacteria/cancer fluids, have any protective mechanisms? Like the way one's immune system attacks viruses in blood?
Yes: If viral antigens or epitopes are expressed on the surface of the infected cell, then yes. They may "fix complement" leading to lysis. ...Read more
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