One day, this worm may save your life

An arm of anti-inflammatory research is looking at _Schistosoma mansoni_, a worm that infects humans in tropical areas. As it turns out, people infected with this worm are much less likely to develop conditions, for example asthma-like conditions in the lungs, which result from an inappropriate inflammation. However, becfore you grab your own _S. mansoni_, do realize that it modulates the human inflammatory response for a reason — so it can do its parasitic thing. Beneficial anti-inflammatory qualities aside, the worm can take you down.

However, as this worm gives up its secrets, we’ll have another tool against inappropriate inflammatory responses, at least of the type your body gives off.

Now, we just need something that protects us from the inappropriate inflammatory response that Orac gives off when he’s challenged.

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