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    No, you can’t be ‘so healthy’ that you’re naturally immune to COVID

    Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we imagine you’ve heard this one before: To avoid getting COVID, what you really need to do is eat healthy food, exercise and get plenty of sunshine. As the highly contagious delta variant begins to infect more young and healthy people, a screenshot of a tweet circulated widely on Instagram and revived this harmful misconception. Like a lot of popular misinformation, the claim springs from a kernel of truth: Healthier individuals do usually have better outcomes if they get infected with COVID-19. But no amount of healthy living is a substitute for  

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    Food for thought about the immune drivers of gut pain

    Pain evolved to alert us to and protect us from actual or potential tissue damage. There are three common forms: nociceptive pain, which is associated with the detection of damaging stimuli; inflammatory pain, associated with inflammation or infection; and chronic pain, which is a maladaptive, long-term form of pain1. Writing in Nature, Aguilera-Lizarraga et al.2 report evidence from mice and humans indicating a previously unknown mechanism that contributes to chronic gut pain. When an individual has an obvious injury, such as a broken arm, we can readily appreciate that they are in pain. But if the  

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