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Inflammation

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    Tonya O.
    US
    Tonya O.

    Discussion of inflammation and causes

    Tonya O.
    US
    Tonya O.

    What is the definition of inflammation?

    Sabrina S.
    GB
    Sabrina S.

    There a various types of inflammation that can manifest themselves in different ways (bruising and injury, infection, cold and flu). It occurs when the body senses danger and send out immune cells to the area (to either help repair damage or destroy bacteria or virus). Inflammation is therefore good today but dangerous tomorrow and in the long term- getting the flu once now can increase the risk of heart disease and cancer in a few decades time just because of the inflammation associated with it. In a study where people with high cholesterol were given statins to prevent its synthesis, it was very effective. The same study for health people led to less heart disease and -40% less cancer cases. Statins also helped people with swine flu by preventing their lungs from collapsing due to inflammation. The key is to PREVENT NOT TREAT disease where possible. This can be don by having flu jabs, considering statins and aspirin also.

    Zachary B.
    US
    Zachary B.

    What is inflammation?

    Muhammed Faiz S.
    ZA
    Muhammed Faiz S.

    A brief discussion on inflammation which is a term that most people think is just the reddening of the skin, when in actual fact, is a lot more. Inflammation can occur during a lot of day to day activities such as playing a sport and bumping into someone/something, having the flu and having your throat inflamed, having a foot infection which causes reddening of the toes. Inflammation is actually the body's way of sending its 'army' to take care of a potential threat. This army is called the immune cells. Having inflammation and active immune cells may be a great thing for today, but it may also have negative ramifications later on in life, maybe a decade or 2 from now. Coming down with a flu may increase your chances of developing cancer or heart disease later on in your life. There is a drug called "statin" which is usually used to block cholesterol in the body, but studies show that people who took this drug, had less chances of developing cancer (reduced by 40%) and also reduced chances of heart disease. There are other forms of drugs which would usually be overlooked but actually benefit us in the long run by reducing the chances of negative conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's etc. examples of these drugs are Aspirin and astonishingly, the flu shot/vaccine. So this lecture shows us that the long-term effects of conditions such as inflammation and fevers are not entirely known by medical professionals, but families should discuss with their doctors if they should take these drugs which may change the future of their health conditions.

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