Recipes to help support a strong immune system amid COVID-19, flu season

Recipes to help support a strong immune system amid COVID-19, flu season

  • December 1, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the flu season, behaviors such as quality sleep, exercise and regularly washing one’s hands are vital to improving your immune system. But when it comes to food, knowing what nutrients you need to fortify your health can make all the difference. 

“The flu season is upon us and keeping yourself healthy is of paramount importance,” said Brian Downs, an urgent care physician at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. “Eating a nutritious diet and regular exercise are the keys to maintaining a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system can help you fight off common colds and the flu.”

Downs recommends looking at three categories: fruits and vegetables; proteins and whole grains; and vitamins and minerals. 

“Protein sources such as lean meats, dairy, eggs and legumes are especially important because they supply the amino acids that your body needs to build the components of your immune system,” he said, adding that everyone also needs at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables to receive adequate vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 

Here are some recipes to consider trying: 

Immunity-boosting ‘shots’

Whether you’re looking to stave off colds and the flu or if you’re starting to feel under the weather, make an immune booster shot. 

“Whenever I start feeling like I’m coming down with something, I make an immune booster shot and get a bit of rest. I’ve done this for years and whenever I have, I have never gotten fully sick,” said recipe developer Cheryl Malik on, which offers clean eating, healthy recipes. 

Malik’s shot recipe is jam-packed with immune-boosting ingredients such as ginger, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits; lemon, which supplies a healthy dose of Vitamin C; garlic, known to reduce cold-like symptoms; and honey, a natural sweetener that soothes sore throats. 

The trick to this recipe is to incorporate fresh ingredients for maximum benefits and drink immediately after making the drink. 


Prep time: 5 mins 

Servings: 1 


  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 navel orange
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Dash of real sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Grind of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Natures Intent, with “the Mother”, organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon hot water


  1. Mince the garlic and set aside for 10 minutes to give the enzymes a chance to form, ensuring maximum benefits, said Malik.
  2. Whisk together the honey, turmeric and hot water until the honey is incorporated and smooth.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients. 

Chicken veggie soup

You can never go wrong with a colorful, hearty soup, if you fill it with a variety of vegetables. 

Take this chicken soup recipe from Anna Leszczynska, an educator in the Kaiser Permanente Center for Healthy Living, which includes parsnips, carrots, celery and onions.

Anna Leszczynska, MS, RD, an educator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Healthy Living, suggests a chicken recipe to help improve one’s immune system. Courtesy of Leszczynska

Parsnips, for example, are a great source of vitamins C and K, as well as fiber and folate. Carrots can protect immune cells from free radical damage and celery can help fight off infections with its antimicrobial properties, which boosts immunity. 


Prep time: 1 hr and 45 mins

Servings: 2-4 


· ½ organic chicken

· 4 medium carrots (peeled and cut into medallions)

· 4 celery stalks (cut into 2” pieces) and celery root sliced (optional)

· 2 parsnips (peeled and cut into medallions)

· ½ large onion – can be caramelized or charred

· 4 bay leaves

· All spice

· Salt and freshly ground black pepper

· 10 – 12 cups of water

· Fresh flat chopped parsley (added on the end)


1. Wash chicken under cold water and put into a large pot, cover with cold water and add a pinch of salt, bay leaf and allspice.

2. Cook on low heat for about an hour.

3. Remove foam/scum with the spoon while cooking.

4. Add vegetables.

5. Cook an additional 45 min – 1 hr.

6. Serve hot with boiled potatoes or noodles or barley with lots of black pepper and chopped parsley.

Get a meal plan going 

If you’re trying to get ahead for the week, try setting up meal prep with foods that target what you’re trying to achieve. To support a strong immune system, try incorporating foods that are high in vitamin C, such as bell peppers or kiwi; and zinc, such as beans, grains and beef. 

Here’s a simple meal prep idea to keep in mind, courtesy of Leszczynska: 

First thing in the morning: On an empty stomach, drink a cup of hot water with freshly squeezed lemon juice from half a lemon.

Breakfast: Plain kefir or Greek yogurt, oatmeal with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, a kiwi and green tea with ginger and honey.

Lunch: Ginger miso-grilled salmon on a bed of lentils and sauerkraut.

Snack: Broccoli and bell peppers with garlic hummus.

Dinner: Chicken soup with carrots, celery, onions, potatoes and freshly chopped parsley.

Dessert: Carrot pudding.

Liquids: Drink at least 8 cups of fluids in between meals: ginger tea with honey, green tea, green juice, and water.

11 Ways to Feel Better Every Day

11 Ways to Feel Better Every Day

  • December 1, 2020

Some days are easy breezy. You wake up in a great mood, your hair looks terrific and the sun is shining. Other days you wake up and drink all the coffee, hate your clothes, stub your toe and wonder how you’re going to get through the day. To reduce the latter and increase the former, take action!

Happiness, like so many other things, must be cultivated and actively pursued. Here are eleven ways to up your happy factor. Try a couple and see how you feel.   

Seek mental health care.

This is at the top of the list for a reason. We can talk all day about making gratitude lists or exercise, but if your brain chemistry is out of whack, or if you are experiencing a clinical depression or other mental illness, you need medical care. That may be talk therapy, or it may be medication, but getting treatment for a mental malady is just like getting treatment for a physical one. And just like you wouldn’t try to eat fiber or apply sunscreen to heal a broken leg, you shouldn’t suffer with a mood disorder or mental health issue, either, or try to treat it with tactics that can’t work.  

INTEGRIS offers free mental health screenings as well as comprehensive services for people of virtually every age. Whatever you’re struggling with, we want to help you find the path back. Learn more here.

Sleep enough.

Most of us spend one-quarter to one-third of our lives asleep. The amount of sleep we need varies slightly by individual, but the importance of healthy sleep habits is clear. Without enough quality sleep, our minds and bodies just don’t work as well. In the short term, even after one or two terrible nights’ sleep can affect your memory, judgement and reflexes. You’re at greater risk of crashing your car.  In the long term, sleep deprivation can cause weight gain, increase your risk of diabetes, elevate your blood pressure and weaken your immune system. Plus it will make you cranky.

There are two types of sleep, rapid eye-movement (REM) and non-REM, and four stages. We cycle through all four cycles multiple times a night.

Stage 1 non-REM sleep is a quick stage, just a few minutes. It takes from you to go from being awake to being asleep. This is relatively light sleep, and your heartbeat, breathing and eye movements slow down in this stage.

During Stage 2 non-REM sleep, things slow down even more as your body prepares to enter deeper sleep. Body temperature cools and movements stop. You spend most of your asleep time in this stage.

Stage 3 non-REM sleep is deep rest. You need Stage 3 sleep to feel refreshed. This is also when your body repairs your bones and tissue. 
REM sleep happens several times per night, usually initially after about an hour and a half. You dream during REM sleep. Your eyes move back and forth, but your arms and legs are essentially paralyzed which keeps you from acting out your dreams. REM sleep increases brain activity and promotes learning.

Think you might have a sleep disorder? Take our quiz, or contact INTEGRIS Sleep Disorders Centers, we are expertly trained in sleep medicine to evaluate test results and develop a treatment plan to resolve sleep related issues. Our board-certified sleep specialists and registered sleep technologists are here to help you get a better night’s rest, beginning with state-of-the-art sleep studies, which are conducted on site. 

A sleep study is a simple, outpatient procedure that monitors multiple aspects of your sleep and gives your physician critical information required to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. For your convenience, night and day evaluations are offered to meet your busy lifestyle.

Eat plenty of fiber.

 Want to live longer, maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of certain cancers and lower your risk of heart disease? Also, not to be indelicate, but you’ll have better bowel movements. So eat more fiber. There are two kind: soluble and insoluble. 

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and turns into a gel inside your colon, where it is digested. The gel blocks some of the fat and cholesterol you’ve eaten from being digested and it slows how fast you digest carbohydrates. That helps keep your blood sugar levels steady. Eating plenty of soluble fiber can also lower the risk of heart disease. Great sources of soluble fiber include black beans, brussel sprouts, asparagus, sweet potatoes, avocados, apples and carrots.

Insoluble fiber does not digest or dissolve, it just cruises through your digestive tract picking, um, material up along the way, which you then eliminate when you poop. Your mom might have called insoluble fiber ‘roughage.’ It keeps you feeling fuller longer, which allows you to eat less. This is also the stuff that helps you avoid or treat constipation, by moving your digestion along. Plenty of insoluble fiber can be found in foods like cauliflower, dark leafy greens like spinach or kale, nuts, peas, pears or lentils.

Go outside.

Even 20 minutes spent outside, in your yard, a park or on a walk, can change your mood for the better.  Studies have shown that stepping outside lowers stress, heart rate and blood pressure. It can boost creativity and optimism. Best of all? It’s free, and right outside your door.


Walk, bike, run, swim, play Bocce ball, dance or try some yoga. Get moving and you’ll release feel-good hormones AKA endorphins, which your body will literally make for you any time you ask it to by exercising. 

Do something creative.

Daily creativity is great for your mood and sense of wellbeing. I’m not saying you have to write the great American novel or paint a mural, although you’re welcome to! Or you could learn to knit, take up cooking, sing a song or doodle a little picture. Gather pretty leaves and make a collage. You get the idea.  

Practice a little escapism.

Sometimes you just need to tune out and ignore all of the ‘shoulds’ in your life. Turn your to-do list face down and think about something totally different. This is what trashy novels read in the tub, Hallmark movies and escapist podcasts like NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts were made for! 

Help someone.

Whether you volunteer regularly or help your elderly neighbor take his trash out, doing for others is a known, studied, powerful way to increase your life satisfaction, boost happiness, find meaning and connect. For a quick boost, write someone a thank-you note or a quick hello, or pay for the coffee of the person in the drive-through line behind you. Kindness is also incredibly contagious! It creates a virtuous circle. Doing good/giving makes us happy, which makes us want to do/give more, which makes us happier.

Pet a dog (or cat).

Interacting with animals can raise our oxytocin levels, calm us down, lower our blood pressure and make us feel loved. Author and animal expert Karen Winegar sums it up beautifully: “The human-animal bond bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart and emotions and nurtures us in ways that nothing else can.” 


What if I told you that if you commit to meditate 5-10 minutes a day on most days you’ll feel calmer, more focused and happier? Can I guarantee it? No. Almost, though. For the vast majority of people who try it, the practice of meditation works. Meditation requires no equipment and it’s free to all. People notice short-term benefits, including improved circulation, less anxiety and stress, lower blood pressure and blood cortisol levels, increased feelings of well-being and peace… even bliss! We’ve assembled a terrific guide to starting a meditation practice.


In the short term, cracking up with your bestie or rewatching that hilarious scene can ease tension, release a burst of feel-good hormones, AKA endorphins and stimulate your heart and lungs. In the longer term, laughter can give your immune system a boost. When you’re happy, your body releases stress and illness-fighting neuropeptides. Check out Rotten Tomatoes’  “150 Essential Comedy Movies to Watch Now” and get your giggle on. 


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Immune system against COVID-19

Boost Your Immune System To Fight COVID-19

  • December 1, 2020

The prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has infected over 62.26 million people around the globe. The causative agent of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has spread all over the world. It is quite challenging to control the spread of the infectious agent and cope up with the pandemic crisis. A healthy immune system enables individuals to fight coronavirus infection.

Boost Your Immunity

The human body has an immune system that works as a defense system against several pathogens, for instance, viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. 

To protect the body against numerous pathogens, the immune system modifies itself to come up with a more-effective version containing several specialized cell types. These modified cells work in collaboration with one another to fight against the invading organism that may cause harm to the body.  

As the immune system remains active throughout the day, nutrients are its essential requirement. Nutrients aid in the proper functioning of the immune cells, thus defending the body against pathogens

Nutrients may be micronutrients or macronutrients, which include numerous vitamins and trace elements that provide sufficient energy to the cells of our defense system, ultimately reducing the risk of disease. 

ALSO READ: 5 Health Effective Foods That Can Help Boost your Immunity

An efficient immune system may play a leading hand in combating the coronavirus. The role of nutrition in boosting immunity is studied by researchers at the School of Human Development and Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton. 

The findings of the research enlighten that good nutrition is directly proportional to boosting immunity, published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health.

Natural Immune System

The defense system of the body is a compilation of numerous complex networks of cells and proteins that works in collaboration to protect the body from pathogenic organisms. 

The immune system at the entry of antigens forms antibodies against the specific antigen that fight off the disease-causing organisms. The immune system is capable of keeping a record of the various invading pathogens. Thus, recognizing the antigen and killing it if it invades the body again. 

The ability of the immune system to recognize an antigen that has previously invaded the body is known as immunological memory. This efficient system quickly triggers the immune response before the pathogens produce their detrimental effects. 

Various environmental and physical factors alter the immune response of the body. Immunosenescence is the weakening of the immune system with the process of aging. 

Immunosenescence – Immune System Alteration

In immunosenescence, several immune cells decrease in number, including lymphocytes, dendritic cells, neutrophils, monocytes, macrophages, and Natural killer cells.

The decrease in the formation of immune cells from the bone marrow is one of the factors leading to immunosenescence. 

Older people are at a higher risk of severe coronavirus infection due to immunosenescence

Apart from aging, obesity also leads to a decline in immunity. The reduced immune system in obese people accounts for the impairment in immune-cell functioning. The cells whose functioning is influenced include Lymphocytes and natural killer cells.  

Moreover, obesity also leads to a decline in antibodies and interferon production. As a result, pre-disposing obese people to severe coronavirus infection. 

 Furthermore, vaccination may not work effectively in an obese individual. An increase in the blood concentration of various inflammatory mediators may also occur in obesity. Thus, causing low-grade inflammation.

Moreover, in some scenarios, the infection causes the defensive system to trigger to a large extent, resulting in a cytokine storm. The enhanced inflammatory response makes the individual more susceptible to severe COVID-19. 

ALSO READ: Obesity With COVID-19 Increases Mortality Rate

Eating Healthy Aids Fight Off COVID-19

The immune system functions actively at all times. However, some of the invading antigens trigger the activation of cells. These cells’ activation leads to a significant increase in immunity by a corresponding increase in the energy-producing substances, for instance, glucose, fatty acids, and amino acids. 

The gene expression of cells influencing the immune system is directly regulated by some nutrients, including vitamin A and D. 

These essential vitamins play vital roles in different phases of immune cell formation, such as maturation and differentiation. Furthermore, these also enable the responsiveness of immune cells.

The body is protected from oxidative stress by the naturally occurring antioxidants in the human body. Vitamin C and E come under the classic antioxidant vitamins. Moreover, it also includes various antioxidant enzymes such as catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase.

Conclusively, a well-nourished body with the essential nutrients is crucial to boost the immunity that aids in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. 


Here’s How This Root Vegetable Can Help Boost Immunity; Know Ways To Add To Your Winter Diet

  • December 1, 2020

Beetroot Health Benefits: Here's How This Root Vegetable Can Help Boost Immunity

Beetroot contains potassium which can help regulate blood pressure


  • Beetroot is loaded with iron, vitamin C and fibre
  • Adding beetroot to diet can help prevent anemia
  • Beetroot juice can offer multiple health benefits

Beetroot is one of the healthiest root vegetables. It is loaded with multiple health benefits for your overall health. Beetroots are well-packed with essential nutrients including fibre, potassium, vitamin C, iron, folate and many healthy plant components. Beetroot can help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, prevent anemia and promote skin health. But you might be surprised to know that beetroot can help boost immunity as well. A strong immune system helps your body fight against several diseases and protects your body against infections. During the winter season cold, cough, sore throat, fever and other flu-like symptoms are quite common. A healthy immune system can help prevent these as well as assist in fighting against these effectively. In this article, expert shares the benefits of beetroot for your immune system and how to add it to your winter diet.

Beetroot health benefits: Can beetroot boost immunity? Let’s find out

Mehar Bakshi who is a Delhi-based dietician explains, “During winters, chilly temperatures, dry winds, and low humidity tend to make people more susceptible to cold and flu. However, strengthening the immune system can help ward off viruses and keep infections at bay. One can start improving their gut health by adding beetroot to their winter diet. The extraordinary veggie is a powerhouse of nutrition packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Rich in iron and vitamin C, eating beetroots can help to create healthy red blood cells in the body and battle against infections.”


Beetroot is loaded with vitamin C that can help boost immunity, skin health and more
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Beetroot helps promote gut health by improving good bacteria quantity. It is also rich in vitamin C. These properties contribute to a healthy immune system.

Also read: Hypertension Diet: Can Beetroot Help Control High Blood Pressure? Expert Explains How It Works

How to add beetroot to your winter diet?

You can add beetroot to your diet in several ways. Choose fresh beetroots to add to your salads, smoothies, soup and much more. Dietician Mehar says, “Treat yourself with a glass of beetroot smoothie or roasted beetroot salad every day to support your hard-working immune system.”


Also read: Beetroot And Spinach: Your Go-To Food For Healthy Eyes; Health Benefits And Nutrition Facts You Must Know

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

Best Foods To Boost Immunity

Best Foods To Boost Immunity

  • December 1, 2020


With COVID spiking in our community on top of the usual flu season, we need to do all the recommended things to prevent spread. Additionally, there are food choices that can help boost our immune systems to prevent or fight off infections. Dr. Linda Jager, Functional Medicine Physician of Iowa Cancer Specialists in Davenport, and nutritionist, Dr. Teresa Pangan are PSL guests to would like to share how foods can either be an enemy or ally to our immune system. The following topics are addressed during this segment:

  • Food Choices can Protect and Strengthen Our Immune System
  • Inflammatory Response
  • Trouble with Immune System
  • Average American Diet compared with Harvard Healthy Plate
  • Best Foods to Eat

The groups of foods we want to eat are foods rich in vitamins and minerals naturally, those with antioxidants are great at putting out fires of excess inflammation – they stand up against inflammation that goes on beyond the normal healthy response. So these will be

· citrus foods and fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E.

· then lots of fruits and vegetables that are full of key vitamins and minerals for immune system.

· lastly, eat plenty of phyto-compounds (can only get from plants). They help these pathways that are triggered when the armies are sent out to overtake an intruder. They help you fight better and heal better and prevent chronic inflammation.

So these immune rich foods are going to be primarily vegetables and fruits and in their whole or close to whole form.

Instead, a much better plate would be the Harvard Healthy Plate. You will notice that ½ of your plate should be plants- with vegetables and fruits. A quarter whole grains and a quarter quality proteins. Fat is very small (off to the side of the visual). And for drink – water.

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Health Care Brand Receives Positive Reviews for Newly Launched Immune Booster Called Moyas Wellness

Health Care Brand Receives Positive Reviews for Newly Launched Immune Booster Called Moyas Wellness – Press Release

  • December 1, 2020
Health Care Brand Receives Positive Reviews for Newly Launched Immune Booster Called Moyas Wellness

December 1, 2020 – With the coronavirus triggering increased demand for stronger immune systems, the team at Moyas Wellness Solutions has today launched “Moyas Wellness”. The immune system-boosting product is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other natural ingredients that improve and maintain immunity against germs and diseases. According to a report from On Health, the ingredients contained in Moyas Wellness are proven to boost immune systems.

Moyas Wellness Solution has been founded to help individuals improve their wellness and maintain optimal health with the help of immunity boosters. Apart from health products, Moyas Wellness Solution also offers a plethora of laboratory services.

The immunity booster capsules and powder from Moyas Wellness carry essential vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins C & D, magnesium, zinc, and powerful antioxidants such as plant extracts of Echinacea, Elderberry, and Cordyceps. With these multi-system protectors, it is easy to keep the body balanced and protected, ready to fight germs anytime.

“Our immunity support supplements contain antioxidants and plant extracts that defend all body systems against infections and help them regulate properly,” says a spokesperson for Moyas Wellness.

Maintaining a strong immunity and timely and regular testing are two ways to ensure emergencies don’t strike without announcement or take one by surprise. Immunity boosters are thus hogging the limelight today like at no other time. Luckily, medical science has learned about what ingredients can help improve and maintain everyday immunity against common pathogens, bacteria, and viruses.

Staying healthy through preventive measures is quite often the smartest way to keep healthcare expenditures under control. Moyas Wellness aims to offer products that allow people to switch to healthy behavior and lifestyles, with immunity boosters and timely lab tests. Wholesale and affiliate inquiries are welcome.

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Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Market to Inspire a Growth up to US$ 40,882.6 Million by 2026 – Coherent Market Insights

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Market to Inspire a Growth up to US$ 40,882.6 Million by 2026 – Coherent Market Insights

  • December 1, 2020

Global Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Market – Insights

An immune checkpoint inhibitor is a type of drug that blocks proteins called checkpoints that are made by some types of immune system cells, such as T cells, and some cancer cells. PD-1/PD-L1 and CTLA-4/B7-1/B7-2 are some of the checkpoint proteins found on T cells or cancer cells. On the basis of functioning, immune checkpoint inhibitors are divided into programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) inhibitors, programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitors, and cytotoxic t-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4) inhibitors. Certain immune checkpoint inhibitors are used for the treatment of cancers such as non-small cell lung cancer, lymphoma, skin cancer, and breast cancer. These inhibitors target the immune system of the body instead of the tumors and enable the immune system to recognize and target cancer cells. Iplimumab, Nivolumab, Rituximab, Blinatumomab, Proleukin, Gardasil, and Kymriah are some of the commercially available immune checkpoint inhibitors.

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Global Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Market: Drivers

Development and launch of novel immune checkpoint inhibitors is expected to boost growth of the global immune checkpoint inhibitors market over the forecast period. Immune checkpoint inhibitors offer lesser adverse effects compared to conventional cancer therapies such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and others. This in turn has prompted market players to focus on developing immune checkpoint inhibitors that are customized to attack or block particular targets. For instance, Iplimumab, a human monoclonal antibody blocks cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4. Moreover, agents focusing on specific immune regulatory checkpoints programmed death-1 (PD-1) and programmed death ligand-1 and 2 (PD-L1) such as Nivolumab, Atezolimumab, and Pembrolizumab are being used for cell lung cancer. In April 2017, Genentech USA, Inc. received the U.S. FDA accelerated approval for TECENTRIQ (atezolizumab) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC), who are not eligible for cisplatin chemotherapy. The product is currently in phase 4 clinical syudy.

Moreover, R&D in immune checkpoint inhibitors is also expected to boost growth of the global immune checkpoint inhibitors market. For instance, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) report, 2016, currently, over 130 biotech and 20 pharma companies are developing immuno-oncology therapies. Moreover, according to the New York-based, Cancer Research Institute (CRI), 2017, currently 2,004 immuno-oncology agents including 940 in clinical stage and 1,064 in preclinical stage are under development.

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The global immune checkpoint inhibitors market size was valued at US$ 10,543.8 million in 2017, and is expected to witness a robust CAGR of 11.8% over the forecast period (2018 – 2026).

Global Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Market: Restraints 

High cost of immuno-oncology therapies is expected to hinder growth of the global immune checkpoint inhibitors market. For instance, Keytruda (Pembrolizumab), a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of various types of cancer cost around US$ 2,250 for a vial of 50 mg.

Table No.1: Atezolizumab (Tecentriq) Years of Approval and Indications

Year of Approval Atezolizumab (Tecentriq) Indication
2016 Urothelial Carcinoma
2016 Specific Type of Metastatic Lung Cancer
2017 Initial Treatment for Certain People with Advanced Bladder Cancer
2018 Initial Treatment of Metastatic Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
2019 Combination With Abraxane Accelerated Approval for People With PD-L1-Positive, Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Source: Company Annual Reports

Global Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Market: Competitive Landscape   

Major players operating in the global immune checkpoint inhibitors market include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Merck & Co., Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, AstraZeneca Plc., Novartis International AG, ImmunOs Therapeutics AG, Immutep Ltd., NewLink Genetics Corporation, Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and Pfizer, Inc.

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Global Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Market: Key Developments 

Major players in the market are focused on collaborating with educational institutes for R&D in oncology treatment. For instance, in 2016, AbbVie and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center entered into a three-year agreement for focusing on immune system’s complete potential to fight against cancer.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci's Advice for a Healthy Immune System During COVID

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Advice for a Healthy Immune System During COVID

  • December 1, 2020

When the number of COVID-19 cases exploded last year, so did the number of products and services promising to bolster your immunity. You couldn’t get away from talk of IV vitamin infusions, mushroom extracts, and drinkable immune-boosting “shots.” You also couldn’t get away from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who became a household name after four decades of trying to make sure Americans don’t get sick. Ever the straight shooter, he explains that you can’t buy a good immune system. “If you don’t smoke, you only drink in moderation, you get a good night’s sleep, have a healthy diet, you exercise, and you do something to reduce stress, that’s going to keep your immune system healthy, not any of these dietary supplements and herbs and other things.” How he takes his own advice:

Do what you have to do. Then de-stress.

“I can’t alleviate stress during the day, because my day is one big stress period from morning to evening,” Dr. Fauci says. “So when I get home in the evening, I do a power walk for about three and a half to four miles, and that generally decompresses my stress. The other day, I was walking along Massachusetts Avenue, and son of a gun, I saw a fox run out of somebody’s yard into the woods.”

Know the exception to the “vitamins won’t help” refrain

When Dr. Fauci mentioned in September that he takes vitamin D and that low levels of that vitamin affect your susceptibility to infection, people heard “I take D” as “you should take D.” Not how it goes. “If you are deficient in D, then taking vitamin D supplements is important. If you have normal levels, it doesn’t make any difference,” he says. A doc can check your vitamin D levels via a blood test.

Start with a good breakfast

While no specific foods boost your immunity, Dr. Fauci says, an overall balanced diet can help you stay healthy. He aims for balance but sometimes errs “in the timing”; he can forget to eat dinner unless his wife reminds him. So he gets the day off to a good start with “a pretty consistent healthy breakfast—usually pomegranate juice and egg whites on an English muffin.” Lunch is light; busy nights can mean a takeout salad or salmon burger.

Sleep—or at least nap

We’re gonna give the doctor a bit of a pass on his own advice here, since his sleep took a hit to lower the disease hit for the rest of us. When COVID-19 first spiked, “I was getting a ridiculous amount of sleep, like three or four hours a night. Now I get anywhere between five and six, which is not bad,” he says, but “it’s not optimal.” On the occasion he has a half hour between appointments, “I’ll lie on my couch in my office and take a power nap.”

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Keep COVID-19 away

Dr. Fauci wears a mask, washes his hands all the time, and “compulsively” sanitizes them. If you’re getting tired of being cautious, “you have to realize the seriousness of the situation,” he says. Currently, the U. S. has more than 250,000 deaths, “and the end is not in sight. That’s enough incentive to be diligent, I think.” But he knows it’s hard. “Don’t be discouraged. I think you should realize that it will end. Hang in there.”

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