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Immune Response

Can Humans Sniff Out Sickness?

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science

Humans may be able to smell sickness, or at least detect a distinct odor in the sweat of people with highly active immune systems who are responding ...

Are You Okay? You Smell Like Cytokines.

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

The healthy would have a better chance of surviving an epidemic if they could identify its first victims -- while they are still looking well -- and steer clear. Unfortunately, those early churnings of the immune system are far too subtle to detect. Or maybe not.

What You Should Know About Bacteria On Your Body

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have long known that bacteria living on and in our bodies outnumber our cells -- which themselves sum up to a number that exceeds any hope of real understanding -- by 20 to one. We are a rounding error in our own skin.