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Mayo Clinic IDs Immune System Glitch Tied to Fourfold Higher Likelihood of Death

ROCHESTER, Minn. — May 30, 2012.  Mayo Clinic researchers have identified an immune system deficiency whose presence shows someone is up to four times likelier to die than a person without it. The glitch involves an antibody molecule called a free light chain; people whose immune systems produce too much [...]

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Light Chain Study

In this Medical Edge Radio episode, Mayo Clinic Dr. Vincent Rajkumar explains a recent study looking at the body's immune system, especially as it relates to some cancers. To listen, click the link below. Light Chain Study

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Knowing the Signs and Surviving Sepsis Our bodies are very good at fighting infection.  The immune system reacts and attacks bacteria and viruses that make us sick. But sometimes the immune reaction is so strong that it damages the body. This is called a septic reaction or sepsis, and the mortality rate associated with it can be high. Doctors at [...]

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Tuesday Q & A: Shingles more common after age 50, but can affect younger people

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was diagnosed last year, at the age of 38, with shingles. What causes someone who is relatively young to get shingles? Does this mean I am more likely to get it again? Should I get the vaccine at this point or wait until the recommended age of [...]

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Immune System 'Light Chain Glitch' Tied To Higher Likelihood Of Death

Mayo Clinic researchers have identified an immune system 'glitch' that reveals people whose immune systems produce too much of an antibody molecule called a free light chain are far more likely to die of a life-threatening illness like cancer, diabetes or cardiac and respiratory disease than those whose bodies make normal levels.  The study [...]

Created by Dana Sparks

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