Older People May Be Protected From Influenza By Their Saliva

Spit. Drool. Dribble. Saliva is not normally a topic of polite conversation, but it may be the key to explaining the age and sex bias exhibited by influenza and other diseases, according to a new study. Published in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research, it provides new insights into why older people were better able to fight off the new strains of "bird" flu and "swine" flu than younger people. Zheng Li and colleagues explain that saliva does more than start the process of digesting certain foods. Saliva also contains germ-fighting proteins that are a first-line defense against infections...
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Source: Microbial Pathogenesis - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: Virology - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Virology Source Type: research
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Source: Women Birth - Category: Midwifery Authors: Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research
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Source: Biomed Res - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Biomed Res Int Source Type: research
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