Thursday, March 10, 2016


By rights, I should refuse to publicise this study.  On the other hand, out of respect and love for the work of Steven Spielberg, I have been thinking of having an "ET on a flying bike" tattoo, positioned so that my butt can look like the moon it's flying over:*
There's no known cure for the common cold, but receiving multiple tattoos can strengthen your immunological responses, potentially making you heartier in fighting off common infections, according to research by a trio of University of Alabama scholars. 
*  I may not be being serious.

1 comment:

John said...

The abstract doesn't provide enough information but I'd be wary of elevating an innate immune response because that can entail increased inflammatory status. That can improve the immunological response to bacteria but can also have unfortunate long term consequences. Also note the conditional ... It is possible that individuals with healthy immune systems heal faster, making them more likely to get multiple tattoos. ... That is, self-selection at play.