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What Is Chronic Immune Suppression?

The immune system is a vital piece of the health puzzle. It acts as a defender against all types of infections and illnesses while also encouraging overall health throughout the body by warding off disease and chronic ailments such as cancer. The system is a collection of glands, organs, and tissues working together toward optimal health.

The immune system is always “on”, continuously working to keep you healthy and safe. However, the immune system can become faulty or stop working as it should. When this happens, it is often referred to as immune suppression – the action of the system is hindered or suppressed. Since the immune system does so much for the health of the body, when it isn’t able to work as hard as it should, it can lead to other health problems.

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Epstein-Barr Virus: Understanding The Stages Of Infection

Epstein-Barr virus is a relatively common infection that’s part of the herpesvirus family. That’s not to say, however, that the symptoms and stages of Epstein-Barr virus infection are the same as other viral infections in the same category. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is spread through bodily fluids like saliva and is contagious – therefore, it’s important to be aware of the stages of EBV in order to recognize the condition and make a correct diagnosis.

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The Link Between Epstein-Barr Virus And Cancer

Is there a link between Epstein-Barr virus and cancer? The answer to this question can be complicated. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a common virus from the herpesvirus family. In fact, medical experts estimate that over 90% of the world’s population has come into contact with EBV. The high infection rate may be primarily due to the fact that once the virus passes into the body – through saliva or other bodily fluids – it stays there for life.

Typically, EBV won’t cause any issues. Many people with an EBV infection may not know they have it at all! In teenagers and young adults, EBV may develop into “the kissing disease” (mononucleosis), which passes with time. However, Epstein-Barr virus and cancer have also been linked. It’s important to discuss the association between these two conditions in order to be aware of the risk factors and the warning signs.

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The Link Between Microbiota And Immunity

The human body is host to trillions of microorganisms collectively known as the microbiome, which resides mainly in the gut. Recent scientific discoveries have illuminated the pivotal role of the microbiome in shaping our immune system’s development, function, and overall health. As it turns out, the link between microbiota and immunity is strong – the body’s microorganisms are vital in terms of gut health, but also the health of the entire body due to the massive role they play in its various functions and systems.

This symbiotic relationship between the microbiota and immunity is being studied extensively, as it holds good insights for preventing and managing various chronic diseases. Medical researchers continue to unearth new facts about the role the microbiome plays in overall health, especially where immunity is concerned. With this new information, people can understand more clearly the connection between different aspects of health, such as the gut and the immune system. But what is the role of gut microbiota in immunity, exactly? And how do microbes boost the immune system?

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