This Chart Shows You How You’ll Probably Die

Wondering how you’re most likely to die? Skip the online quizzes and morbid daydreaming, and sate your curiosity with this grim government chart.

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I just got my genetic testing back, so I have all kinds of new, way more exotic stuff to worry about. 😀

Universal Flu Shots May Be Impossible, Thanks to Duped Immune Cells

Ditching annual flu shots for a single stick that can protect year after year may be even harder to do than scientists thought—thanks to our own bamboozled immune systems.

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The major point of the study was to determine if regular, annual flu shots could actually be compromising the body’s ability to target the stalk.  If a vaccine was released that targeted something else, that may well give the body the leg-up it needs to out-compete the native-grown immune response.

Remember that a vaccine isn’t telling the body how to react.  The vaccine merely introduces to the immune system some aspect of the virus so that when the virus really shows up, the machinery is primed and ready to go.

Unfortunately for us, the destroyed bits of virus that make up the current flu shot are reacted to by going for the easiest target, i.e. the heads. A vaccine consisting of just the stalks with something that stimulates the immune cells to grab on, would do the trick.  But that’s where the hard work lies.

New Study Reveals Just How Sick Families With Kids Get

If you have kids, you invariably get sick more often—but how often, exactly? A new study by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine reveals that big families have viral infections for an amazing 87 percent of the year.

Source: New Study Reveals Just How Sick Families With Kids Get

Kids, especially young ones, pick up everything.  The only avenue I could see skewing the findings in the study would be for people who work in healthcare.  I don’t think I’ve ever been sicker than when I worked in a hospital, and that was on the maternity ward.

The study confirms what we’ve known, but provides nothing of real value.  Is anyone going to stop having kids because of this?

Typical American Diet Can Damage Immune System

…Many reports have observed that heavier patients appear more likely to come down with infections during a hospital stay, acquire weaker protection from vaccinations and, as with River, suffer more complications from the flu.

Weight alone may not be the entire explanation. A tantalizing line of evidence suggests that unhealthful foods — fatty, salty, sugary, processed foods — may disrupt the body’s defenses in a way that promotes inflammation, infection, autoimmune diseases and even illnesses like cancer.

Source: Typical American diet can damage immune system

I think it was QI (highly recommended) where I heard about the study into hereditary genetics, how what grandparents ate was believed to affect grandchildren.