Famous Thymus

Stevie Turner

I’m currently recovering from my third upper respiratory tract germ since Christmas.  I know that the radiotherapy might have knocked out my immune system for a while, so not to be outdone,  I decided to do some research on how to give it a little bit of a boost.

Strangely enough I found that the immune system generally declines more slowly with age in women compared to men.  This is because immunity to disease is linked to the thymus gland, which shrinks faster with advancing years in men than it does in women.  We don’t hear much about the poor old thymus, so I’m going to give it 5 minutes of fame in this blog.

The thymus gland is a small organ which can be found just under the sternum, in-between the lungs.  It programmes immature T-cells in the bone marrow (T-cells fight off viruses and bacteria) into mature cells…

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