Navigation Links
Mere Sight of Sick Person May Boost Immune System
Date:4/29/2010

Slideshow of ill people triggered greater response than pictures of gun-wielding men

THURSDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) -- Just seeing a sick person may give your immune system a boost, a new study claims.

Canadian researchers showed participants two sets of slides on two different days. The first set was neutral, displaying pictures of furniture. The second set was either a slideshow that showed photos of people with pox, blowing their noses, sneezing and other obvious signs of illness, or a slideshow of people with guns.

Before and after each slideshow, blood samples were taken from the volunteers. The researchers added bacteria to the blood samples to test for immune response. The participants who saw the slide show of sick people had a stronger immune response than those who viewed the pictures of men aiming guns at them.

A strong immune response to the sight of people who are sick may have been an evolutionary adaptation, according to the University of British Columbia researchers.

"It seems like it's probably good for the immune system to be responding especially aggressively at times when it looks like you are likely to be coming into contact with something that might make you sick," study author Mark Schaller said in a news release.

The findings appear online April 26 in the journal Psychological Science.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has more about the immune system.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Association for Psychological Science, news release, April 26, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. New model of skin cancer provides insights on second-most common type of cancer
2. Daniel Simon, MD Urges People with Diabetes to Protect Sight by Getting Diabetic Eye Exam
3. New Hampshire Community Colleges Choose Rapid Insight for Data Reporting Needs
4. Researchers find new insights into inherited retinal disease
5. Anesthesia Healthcare Partners CEO to Speak at Upcoming Healthcare Conference to Offer Insight on Managing Costs in Healthcare Services
6. University HealthSystem Consortium Offers Value Analysis Professionals Insightful New Resources
7. Insightra Medical Launches the Freedom(TM) Ventral Hernia Repair, an Innovative New Way to Deploy Sublay Implants for Ventral Hernias Without Suturing
8. New insight into selective binding properties of infectious HIV
9. Brandeis studies evaluate visionary approach to improving eyesight
10. Nearsightedness on the Increase
11. Hallmark Insights' Employer Survey Reveals Cost-Savings Benefits of Health & Wellness Programs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... via seating is proud to ... task chair specifically designed for clinical areas. Genie Copper Mesh is a crossover ... Cupron® to provide customers with a game changing chair that is affordably priced,” ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Silver Birch of Hammond, a new assisted lifestyle ... than four acres of land at 5620 Sohl Avenue in Hammond, serves older adults ... includes 125 studio and one-bedroom apartments. Each of the private apartments at Silver Birch ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... Cross”: the personal journey of Bob Massey and his faith in the Lord. “THE ... Massey. Bob Massey is small in stature but big in character. As Johnny ... others is apparent in all of his life decisions. , “I’m in the eightieth ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Water damage to the ... Jersey School District had left education officials with a number of critical issues to ... the flooring had to be accomplished with little or no disruption to class schedules. ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... , ... Altec Products, Inc., a leader in enterprise document management ... conference in San Diego, CA. , At nVerge 2017, Altec will be highlighting ... enhance their Sage ERP solutions by providing improved visibility and control to the entire ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Demonstrating its commitment ... of directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers ... membership. Biopharmaceutical companies will now have to meet ... to be eligible to join PhRMA. ... board is sending a clear message that being ...
(Date:5/8/2017)... 2017 MACRA replaces the outdated sustainable ... service reimbursement. Black Book Research crowdsource-surveyed 8,845 physician practices ... The Market for MIPS Compliance Technology is Booming ... with 3 or more clinicians seek to buy Merit-Based ... the magnitude of the changes, the hunt is on ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... , May 5, 2017  May is Stroke Awareness ... of the most important methods to prevent a stroke: ... Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, undetected and uncontrolled ... Omron, the global leader in personal heart health ... elimination of heart attack and stroke and is advancing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: