STATES CHRONICLE – The latest scientific research data has proved to confirm the oldest motherly advice: staying warm fights the common cold.
The research was conducted at Yale University through a study which monitored and observed the human airways cells under different conditions. The human airways cells are tasked with the production of interferons, proteins part of of the immune system. Interferons are the human body’s response to the common cold.
Data was gathered from observed several sets of human airways cells infected with the cold virus at different normal temperatures ranging from cold to normal, to warm. The study states that in the cases of warm and normal temperatures the cold virus could not replicate. The interferons quickly disposed of the virus.
The results of the research confirm the belief that the brain will allocate different resources to the body as they are needed. In order to overclock the human airways pathways the brain will at first have to cause the body to heat up.
If the body has been, however, constantly warmer than its usual core temperature, the brain will skip the step and use a fraction of the saved resources to faster and better generate interferons.
Although it had not been in the study’s original spectrum of observation, researchers also noted that, in the cases of warm or higher than normal temperatures, RNAseL activity was enhanced. RNAseL is an enzyme tasked with attacking and destroying viral genes.
A previous research study performed at Yale University focused on laboratory mice. That study demonstrated that, when subjected to lower than core body temperatures, the dispatch of interferons was slower, and that their attacks against the common cold virus were weaker. During the lower temperature experiments, interferons in mice were unable to win against the virus.
In addition, by the conclusion of that experiment, due to the lower temperatures the virus had multiplied and entirely overtaken the laboratory mice’s airways cells.
The researchers have already scheduled different experiments. Nevertheless, gathering the data from the current study and the previous one has proven to demonstrate three immunological ways to target the cold virus. Each way influences the immune system differently but positively. With additional data from further studies, researchers believe that a more effective treatment for the common cold will be coming.
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