The DNA of Christmas

I hope Santa has been good to you, and you’re not too frazzled and stressed. It happens every year around this time… right after the holidays, I get quite a few patients who come to my Wellness Center who have gotten sick. Stress can make an illness that you might have fought off with very few symptoms much worse. I read a study from Carnegie Mellon University about this. They put subjects through a stress test, and then infected them with influenza. They found those who had the most stress actually got sicker, and had more intense symptoms.1 By simply boosting your immune system, you can protect yourself. And of course there are the usual immune boosters like vitamin C or echinacea… But there is another nutrient that can help your immune system that you might not realize is a very powerful immunity booster. If you had visited my wellness center years ago, you would have seen many jars of herb and plant mixtures and extracts in jars lining the shelves. Many of the plants I had discovered, researched and used in my practice just weren’t available like some are now. So I would compound them for my patients myself. One of these was astragalus. It’s one of my favorite anti-viral and immune-boosting herbs. Astragalus is a unique herb because it helps you face that double threat. A number of clinical studies give us evidence that it has the power to regulate immune response.2,3 But it also fights fatigue and helps you adapt to stress – whether ...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Anti-Aging Nutrition DNA herbs nutrients telomerase Source Type: news

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In this study, we investigated a COVID-19 cohort in Shanghai, China. We screened viruses include Human parainfluenza virus 1, Human parainfluenza virus 2, Human parainfluenza virus 3, Human parainfluenza virus4, Influenza A virus, Influenza B virus, Human rhinovirus, Human metapneumovirus, Human respiratory syncytial virus, Human Bocavirus, Human adenovirus, Human Coronavirus 229E, Human Coronavirus NL63, Human Coronavirus HKU1, Human Coronavirus OC43; bacteria include Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Moraxella catarrhalis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Legionella pneumophila, Group A Streptococcus, Haemophilus influenza, Staphylococ...
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The endemic common respiratory pathogens are more prevalent than SARS-CoV-2 in the SARS-CoV-2 non-epidemic areas of this research. Detection of the pathogen is the unique means for definite COVID-19 diagnosis. PMID: 32965014 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Source Type: research
Background: Avian Influenza viruses cause significant health concern to both animal and human health globally. Wild birds are the natural reservoirs of these virus. In Bangladesh, unregulated trafficking and hunting of wild birds, rehabilitation practices of wild birds into captivity increasing risk of transmission influenza, adeno and other viruses into captive birds and animals. But viral diversity of captive wild birds is still unexplored in Bangladesh. Hence the aim of this investigation was to decipher the diversity of viruses in rescued and captive wild birds at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park, Gazipur, Bangladesh.
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: 0544 Source Type: research
The cleverest of enemies thrive on surprise attacks. Viruses—and coronaviruses in particular—know this well. Remaining hidden in animal hosts for decades, they mutate steadily, sometimes serendipitously morphing into more effective and efficient infectious agents. When a strain with just the right combination of genetic codes that spell trouble for people makes the leap from animal to human, the ambush begins. Such was the case with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus behind COVID-19, and the attack was mostly silent and insidious at first. Many people infected with SARS-CoV-2 remained oblivious as they served as the v...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Magazine Source Type: news
AbstractA subset of patients with Covid-19 presents with negative RT-PCR screening but suspect CT findings. Using four commercially available anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG immuno-assays, we found this subset constituted 9.2% of all consecutively admitted outpatients with Covid-19 in our hospital. Clinical specificity for Covid-19 of some N protein-based immuno-assays was suboptimal, as positive results were observed in control patients with recent common human coronavirus, influenza B and adenovirus infections.
Source: Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Many types of viral infections can involve the human cardiovascular, such as Coxsackievirus, parvovirus B19, adenovirus, influenza virus, human herpes virus, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, hepatitis C virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) [1], and even severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is currently circulating worldwide [2]. Zika virus (ZIKV), a type of RNA virus belonging to the family Flaviviridae and genus Flavivirus, was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in February 2016 by the World Health Organization due to the severe damage it causes to the nervous system.
Source: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology - Category: Cytology Authors: Tags: Letter to the editor Source Type: research
Conclusions: Viral etiology in hospitalized children with ALRIs in Nagasaki, Japan, was similar to that in many other countries. Enterovirus D68, which was recently recognized as a causative agent of severe ALRIs, was also identified in this study area. Severity of ALRIs may depend on underlying disease rather than type of etiologic virus.
Source: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Original Studies Source Type: research
As the world reels from illnesses and deaths due to COVID-19, the race is on for a safe, effective, long-lasting vaccine to help the body block the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The three vaccine approaches discussed here are among the first to be tested clinically in the United States. How vaccines induce immunity: The starting line In 1796, in a pastoral corner of England, and during a far more feudal and ethically less enlightened time, Edward Jenner, an English country surgeon, inoculated James Phipps, his gardener’s eight-year-old son, with cowpox pustules obtained from the arm of a milkmaid. It was widely belie...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Coronavirus and COVID-19 Health Infectious diseases Vaccines Source Type: blogs
AbstractRespiratory tract infections (RTI) can take a serious course under immunosuppression. Data on the impact of the underlying pathogens are still controversial. Samples from the upper (n = 322) and lower RT (n = 169) were collected from 136 children and 355 adults; 225 among them have been immunocompromised patients. Exclusion criteria were presence of relevant cultivable microorganisms, C-reactive protein>  20 mg/dl, or procalcitonin>  2.0 ng/ml. Samples were tested by PCR for the presence of herpesviruses (HSV-1/-2; VZV; CMV; HHV6; EBV), adenoviruses, bocavir...
Source: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
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Source: virology blog - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: This Week in Virology adenovirus COVID-19 FDA vaccine guidance Operation Warp Speed SARS-CoV-2 viral viruses Source Type: blogs
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