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Hormonal Changes During Physiological Development Can Alter Immune Response To Viruses And Infections

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October 22, 2001
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Why men and women respond differently to infections caused by viruses or other parasites remains a mystery. How the immune system adopts certain strategies towards particular illnesses has not been determined. Examining gender characteristics, hormones and genes, and how they interact with immunology could provide answers to these questions.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- It is generally recognized among immunologists that males of all species have lower immunity than females. Men are more susceptible to a variety of infections, such as dysentery, gonorrhea, and malaria; and to certain cancers. Females are at greater risk of illnesses caused by an overactive immune system, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, diabetes ulcerative colitis, and arthritis.


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American Physiological Society. (2001, October 22). Hormonal Changes During Physiological Development Can Alter Immune Response To Viruses And Infections. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/10/011022030942.htm
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