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Study: Environment trumps genetics in shaping immune system

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WASHINGTON – How your immune system does its job seems to depend more on your environment and the germs you encounter than on your genes, says new research that put twins to the test to find out.

After all, the immune system adapts throughout life to fight disease, said Stanford University immunologist Mark Davis, who led the work.

And while young children’s immunity may be more influenced by what they inherit from mom and dad, Thursday’s study showed genetic influences waned in adulthood.

“Experience counts more and more as you get older,” said Davis, director of Stanford’s Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection.

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Scientists know there is tremendous variation in how the immune systems of healthy people function. Davis asked if that’s more a matter of nature or nurture, by comparing…

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Minimize your chances of contracting the flu


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(KTVI)- The flu increases this week in intensity and is spreading according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you want to catch it, step into the office and kitchen with us. We don’t have it but the germs may be waiting for you here.

Germ expert Donna DuBurg from SLU tells us how to protect ourselves from the flu in 2015.

Helpful tips:

1. Wash your hands. It`ll protect you from all sorts of nasty bugs, from influenza to one of the hundreds of common cold viruses. Viruses and bacteria are most often carried on your fingers – they can live on surfaces such as table tops and get carried to the eyes, nose or mouth.
How can you protect yourself from the flu in 2015?
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How can you protect yourself from the flu in 2015?

A quick rinse isn`t enough…

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