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Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 2002 Jan;9(1):182-3.

Feed a cold, starve a fever?

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Laboratory for Experimental Internal Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands. g.r.vandenbrink@amc.uva.nl

Abstract

An English old wives' tale advises us to "feed a cold and starve a fever." Here we report that the nutritional status modulates the T helper 1 (Th1)-Th2 balance of activated T cells in human volunteers. Food intake resulted in increased levels of gamma interferon production, whereas food deprivation stimulated interleukin-4 release.

PMID:
11777851
PMCID:
PMC119893
DOI:
10.1128/cdli.9.1.182-183.2002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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