Items tagged as "immune system"
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 [...]Created by Nick Hanson
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 [...]Created by Dana Sparks
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 [...]Created by Dana Sparks
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