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Immune Barrier Protects Fetus from Viral Attack Follow- Up #2

While my recent post about a placental estrogen receptor pointed to the mechanisms by which mom’s systems can protect a developing fetus from inflammation, immune changes during pregnancy can also benefit mom.  Medical scientists have long recognized that mothers tend to have milder autoimmune disease …

Immune Barrier Protects Fetus from Viral Attack Follow-Up #1

My recent post described a newly identified mechanism by which mom’s placenta protected the developing fetus from mom’s viral infections. Here you can read about how the unhindered interferon pathway leads to major damage during Zika virus infection.  This virus creates life altering brain damage …

Cells Involved in Allergies Also Play a Key Role in Survival

Mast cells seem to be everywhere and do everything.  In this study, they appear to help us survive starvation by inducing ketogenesis, the burning of fats when we do not get carbohydrates in our diet. Alessandra Misto, Gustavo Provensi, Valentina Vozella, Maria Beatrice Passani, Daniele …