immune system

Can you drink alcohol with antibiotics?

Many people believe that mixing alcohol and antibiotics is not safe. Is it dangerous? What are the risks of drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics? Antibiotics are drugs that target bacteria to treat and prevent infections. There are many types of oral antibiotic. Not all antibiotics interact with alcohol, and doctors give…

Using the immune system to combat addiction

According to new research, harnessing specific proteins that the immune system produces may lead to improved treatments for addiction, which is a notoriously difficult condition to treat. In 2011, at least 20 million people in the United States had an addiction, excluding tobacco. An estimated 100 people per day die from drug overdose,…

Growing up with animals could make you more resilient as an adult

A rural upbringing with lots of contact with animals might ensure immune system and mental resilience to stress more effectively than a pet-free city upbringing. This was the conclusion of new research that was led by the University of Ulm in Germany and is now published in the journal PNAS. This study is…

What does your birthday have to do with immune disorders?

The month in which babies are born can affect how their immune systems develop, and even how vulnerable they are to autoimmune diseases. Scientists studying the neurological disorder multiple sclerosis, in which the body’s own immune cells destroy the protective coating around nerves and can lead to paralysis and loss…