Posts Tagged ‘immune function’

Adipose Tissue and Inflammation in Obesity

April 6, 2022 — The immune activity and inflammation linked to adipose tissue in obesity is getting a lot of attention. Part of this is due to the interaction of inflammation, obesity, and the risks of COVID-19. But even more interesting is the insight into obesity itself. The insight comes from new study in Science Translational Medicine. In short, […]

How Obesity Causes Some Cancers

June 9, 2021 — Obesity can cause cancers. But how does this work? And is obesity getting in the way of reducing deaths from cancer? New research sheds light on these questions. It points to the role of immune function in both diseases. It also offers clues for the path to better solutions. Myeloid Cells and Immune Function Much […]

Speculative Fear About Obesity and a COVID Vaccine

August 7, 2020 — Sarah Varney at the Kaiser Health News has a gift for us. A hypothetical concern about a hypothetical vaccine that hypothetically works – unless you have obesity. Our world’s “salvation hinges on a vaccine,” she says. But “the obese” are going to screw it up. They “could undermine the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine.” We […]

Obesity and Immune Response in Kids with COVID-19

June 6, 2020 — Age, by far, is the most important risk factor for bad outcomes with COVID-19. But after that, it’s become clear that obesity is an important risk for bad outcomes. In children, of course, serious cases are relatively rare. But lately they have been cropping up more frequently in the U.S. Now, a new report in […]

Chow Down to Boost Your Immune System?

April 4, 2020 — Lies are convenient when the truth is unpleasant. Right now, we’re faced with a number of unpleasant truths, so lies are popping up like springtime flowers. The virus that’s plaguing us will “miraculously” disappear, says a politician. “Stock up on these nine healthy foods to boost your immune system,” says CNBC. Unfortunately, both of those […]