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Why does over-exercising upset your immune system?

Why does over-exercising upset your immune system?

It doesn't: There is no scientific data to support the claim that over exercising has any effect on the immune system. By definition over exercising would be an amount of exercise that is causing an adverse effect and this is usually muscle and/or joint damage rather than any adverse effect on the immune system. ...Read more

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Does having rituximab lower your immune system afterwards?

Does having rituximab lower your immune system afterwards?

Yes: Rituximab is an antibody which affects white blood cells. It is used to treat a variety of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. It is a long lasting medication which can lower your immune system many months after you receive it. Check with your doctor about how to minimize infections after you receive rituximab. Best to avoid immunization with live vaccines 6+ months after a dose. ...Read more

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Why does lack of sleep hurt your immune system?

Why does lack of sleep hurt your immune system?

Sleep and immunity: Sleep does play a big role with many systems in our body. It does not actually get weaker it is simply that if the body is tired, the defense systems within the body will not be as alert. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect my immune system?

Many ways: Alcohol slows down the white blood cells that fight infection, catch and actually eat and kill various germs, and also decreases the production of antibodies and other important humors (cytokines etc.) produced by other kinds of white cells. They make individuals more prone to various infections, especially respiratory, because of smoking and sedating people so they aspirate, and w. Unusual germs. ...Read more

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Does your immune system lower during pregnancy?

Does your immune system lower during pregnancy?

Pregnancy & immunity: There are modifications of the immune system during pregnancy mostly caused by increased cortisol levels. Although important in maintaining the pregnancy, these are usually not clinically significant in disease or tumor protection. ...Read more

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Why does the cardiovascular system need the nervous system?

To adapt: to changing physiological demands. As an example heart rate goes up in response to fright or fight. ...Read more

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Does having rituximab lower your immune system?

Does having rituximab lower your immune system?

Yes: Rituximab is directed against an antigen found on lymphocytes (cd20). It attaches to this antigen and causes destruction of the lymphocyte. Its action is indiscriminate therefore the lymphocyte population is transiently decreased leading to a lowering of the function of the immune system for brief periods of time. ...Read more

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What effect does pancuronium have on your nervous system?

What effect does pancuronium have on your nervous system?

Relaxes muscles: It is an injectable skeletal muscle relaxer. It should be used only by an anesthesia provider as it causes prolonged paralysis of muscles and will stop ones breathing. ...Read more

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How does being overweight compromise the immune system and why?

Theoretical,unproved: See the following abstract from the national institutes of health: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/8281221 it's very technical-just pay attention to the first & last sentences. In summary: obesity may reversibly impair a certain type of white cell (lymphocytes) but clearly, considering that almost half the usa is obese, the effect is minor if it occurs at all. ...Read more

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Why does the respiratory system improve when exercising?

Why does the respiratory system improve when exercising?

Strength, efficiency: Exercise strengthens the muscles of respiration, they also become more efficient and conditioned through exercise as well. ...Read more

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I know that not sleeping enough hurts your immune system, but does sleeping more boost your immune system?

I know that not sleeping enough hurts your immune system, but does sleeping more boost your immune system?

Only if you need it: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Too much sleep is just as bad as not enough sleep. Balance is the key. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affects the respiratory system and why?

How does alcohol affects the respiratory system and why?

Through the brain: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which can affect the centers in the brain that regulate respiration. Consequently, breathing may slow and not keep up with demand, especially when asleep. Also, alcohol lowers your defenses against aspiration, contributing to pneumonia. Lastly, alcohol can make sleep apnea worse making it further difficult to breathe. ...Read more

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If MS attacks your nervous system, does it also affect your heart?

If MS attacks your nervous system, does it also affect your heart?

Does not cause: Ms doesn't directly cause any type of heart disease, and the only effect on the heart might be the slowing of the pulse within the first six hours after taking the oral medicine gilenya, (fingolimod) which does not persist. ...Read more

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Does hookah pen lower your immune system and make you more susceptible to diseases?

Does hookah pen lower your immune system and make you more susceptible to diseases?

No evidence: you have nicotine only and I am aware of no evidence that this has a immunological effect. However the nicotine has other effects on the blood vessels to your heart and brain. It is safest to abstain ...Read more

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What happens if our nervous system doesn't work properly?

What happens if our nervous system doesn't work properly?

We get dysfunctions: Failure of either peripheral or central nervous functions can disturb our walking, balance, sensation, strength, functions of bowel or bladder, and if brain failure, coma, seizures, confusion and delirium as a few examples. ...Read more

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Does rituximab lower your immune system?

Yes: Rituximab (rituxin) is a monoclonal antibody to cd20 an antigen located on lymphocytes. One consequence of using this drug is a drop in lymphocyte numbers (bad cells and good cells). This decline lowers the effectiveness of the immune system for a period of time. ...Read more

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How does the endocrine system work with the immune system to get diabetes?

How does the endocrine system work with the immune system to get diabetes?

Antibodies: In type one diabetes, our own body's antibodies go haywire and attack the islts of langerhans of the pancreas. Islet of langerhans cells produce insulin. By the antibodies destroying the panceatic cells, no or little Insulin is produced and diabetes occurrs. ...Read more

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What is it called when your immune system attacks your skeletal system?

What is it called when your immune system attacks your skeletal system?

Autoimmune: I presume you meant your joints and not the bones. Joints are often the target of an autoimmune disorder. Consulting a rheumatologist would be your best bet. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's are the more common conditions. ...Read more