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Men who had both mumps and measles as a child were 29% less likely to die from a heart attack
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Men who had both mumps and measles as a child were 29% less likely to die from a heart attack during a 19-21 year follow-up than men who did not have either of these diseases according to a study of 43,689 men and 60,147 women aged 40-79 years at baseline.
“Despite this possibility, the fact remains that the more infections people acquire during childhood, the lower their risk of mortality from [cardiovascular disease], possibly due to the induction of regulatory T cells,” the authors of the paper noted.
“In conclusion, measles and mumps infections were associated with decreased risks of mortality from [cardiovascular disease].
“In addition, people with a history of more infections were likely to have lower risks of mortality from [cardiovascular disease].”
Kubota Y, Iso H, and Tamakoshi A. Association of measles and mumps with cardiovascular disease: The Japan Collaborative Cohort (JACC) study. Atherosclerosis, 2015 Aug; 241(2): 682-686.
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