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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Immune System Genes May Change With the Seasons: Study

Altered activity could explain why some diseases are worse in some months than others, researchers say
By Robert Preidt
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) --
When the seasons change, your immune system
response may also change, British researchers report.
These findings might explain why conditions such as
 rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease are worse in
the winter than in the summer, the new study finds.
The researchers from the University of Cambridge
analyzed genes from more than 16,000 people worldwide, including those
from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. They found that the
activity of nearly one-quarter of the genes differed according to the time
of the year. Some are more active in winter and some are more active in
summer, the research revealed.
Seasons also affect our immune cells, and the co/.../

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