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4 April 2005: OBESITY BOOSTS DEATH RISK OF INFLUENZA
LOS ANGELES: Obesity apparently reduces laboratory mice's ability to turn on immune systems necessary for controlling influenza infection, US researchers reported Monday.The findings indicate that obesity

Presented at an American Society of Nutritional Sciences meeting this weekend in San Diego, California, the study is the first of its kind to examine the effects of obesity on the immune response to infection with influenza. Numerous marked alterations seen in the mice's immune response suggest that the growing obese population is at increased risk for immune dysfunction during influenza infection, which may lead in humans to increased mortality as it did in the mice, according to Melinda A. Beck, an associate professor who led the study.

Source: Xinhuanet

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