What’s inflammation? How to decrease your disease risk

February 25, 2015 10:00 AM

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What’s inflammation? How to decrease your disease risk

Imagine you smash your thumb with a hammer. You might shake your thumb instinctively, but, of course, that won’t help. This familiar swelling process is inflammation.

When you hurt yourself, you experience acute inflammation, but it’s only half of the picture. Despite the pain, this is the good kind of inflammation that helps you heal, and it means your immune system is doing its job.

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