It’s well-known that women live longer than men’in Canada, the average life expectancy for a woman is 83; for a man, it’s 79. Researchers have discovered one possible reason: Women’s immune systems age more slowly than men’s. Japanese researchers studied 162 healthy male and 194 healthy female volunteers, ranging in age from 20 to 90 years old. They analyzed the participants’ blood, and found that T cells and B cells declined at a slower rate in women than men. The T cells play a central role in immune-system function, while our B cells produce antibodies. The study was published in a 2013 issue of the journal Immunity & Ageing.
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If you lace up the latest high-tech shoes and fuel for a workout with a ‘sports’ drink in hopes of improving your performance, you may want to re-think your exercise strategy.A new study from Oxford University and the British Medical Journal shows there is little evidence to support the claims made by companies selling performance-enhancing […]
The CBC is reporting today that Ontario hospitals will soon make reporting of superbugs like C. difficile mandatory.Okay, that’s a start—albeit a late one, given that such reporting is already mandatory in hospitals in the U.S. and in Britain. But what about other Canadian provinces? It’s not only in Ontario that incidents of this superbug […]
When I woke up to reports that Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier Danny Williams went to the U.S. to undergo heart surgery, you can probably guess what question popped into my head. Maybe a similar question floated through your mind when you read the reports in today’s papers. And perhaps, like me, you felt conflicted about […]
Antidepressants that work for one person may not work for another. A new test that personalizes drug prescription could solve the problem
This is a light, cheesy soufflé topping with a tasty base of baby spinach leaves. Serve for a summer lunch with crusty bread and a green salad.