Not All Fat is Bad: Fat Cells Boost Immune System

January 2, 2015 2:13 PM

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Not all fat is bad fat. Scientists have found that when it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly on what lies beneath: fat cells.

"It was thought that once the skin barrier was broken, it was entirely the responsibility of circulating (white) blood cells like neutrophils and macrophages to protect us from getting sepsis," said Richard Gallo, the principal author of the new study, in a news release. "But it takes time to recrui...

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