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California woman could be first to recover from HIV without drugs or surgery, study says

Loreen Willenberg, 66, is only the third patient ever to recover from HIV, but the first without drugs or surgery. Researchers say her body 'locked away' the virus in her genome.
Representational image| A magnified coronavirus illustration in a lab inside the Pasteur Institute | Adrienne Surprenant/Bloomberg

Can you catch Covid from a recovered male sexual partner? And other such questions

The mounting evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 can infect immune-privileged sites, and linger on for a while.
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T cells, B cells and the range of the human body’s immune response — A simple decoder

The human immunity system is a complex network of responses that rely on the interplay of blood cells, including T and B cells, to defeat pathogens such as the coronavirus.
One of the common misconceptions about vitamin supplements and other nutraceuticals is that they boost one's immunity | Representational image | Polina Tankilevitch | Pexels

Immunity boosters are a myth — why you shouldn’t believe claims that promise to fight Covid

There is no scientific evidence to support claims of companies selling 'immunity boosting' foods which supposedly enhance immunity. The body's natural process is already working.
A health worker collects a sample of a patient in Gurugram Saturday, July 4, 2020. | PTI

Immunologists must drive the Covid-19 discussion, not headline-hunting epidemiologists

In Episode 522 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta draws on an article by Beda M. Stadler, an eminent biologist from Switzerland, to underline the importance of studying the immune system for Covid.
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Coronavirus isn’t the killer, our immune response is

An overreaction from the immune system — or a cytokine storm — can endanger a person fighting off an infection. Which is why it is crucial in Covid treatment.
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Chinese study finds different immune responses in Covid patients, could help develop vaccine

The novel coronavirus triggers responses from both innate and acquired immunity in our bodies, which could provide leads for vaccine development.
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Catherine Carver’s ‘Immune’: A book that leaves you fascinated by your own body

Physician Catherine Carver introduces the reader to the defence system of the human body through conversational language and shocking statistics.

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