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Heat Waves Due to Climate Change Could Target Immune System

Heat Waves Due to Climate Change Could Target Immune System

A group of researchers at the University of Tokyo conducted research on mice to reveal that heat waves can reduce the body response to flu.

The researchers investigated the effects of high temperature on mice who were infected with influenza virus. The experimented conducted by the team revealed astounding claims that could impact the future of vaccinations and nutrition. The study holds that climate change could affect immunity to influenza had not been studied before. The research is a peer-reviewed experimental study with mice and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Latest Articles.

Takeshi Ichinohe, Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo and lead researcher of the study, said: “Flu is a winter-season disease. I think this is why no one else has studied how high temperatures affect flu.”

The researchers used young adult female mice for the experiment and placed them at either refrigerator-cold temperature (4 degrees Celsius or 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit), room temperature (22 C or 71.6 F), or heat wave temperature (36 C or 96.8 F). They ten infected these mice with flu and observed the response in its immune system.

They concluded that the infected mice did not respond effectively in the immune systems of mice in hot rooms. They found that the mice affected by the high heat condition took more time to respond between the immune system recognizing influenza virus and its eventual cure.


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