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BBC news: "Acne may protect against disease"

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Acne may protect against disease -- this is the title of an article I just came across on the BBC news website.

Here are some quotes:

"P. acnes is what we call an adjuvant - when it triggers an immune response it does so non-specifically so that it enhances immunity to unrelated antigens (proteins that act on white blood cells) including bacterial, viral, parastic and tumour cells."

"Acne may simply be the price we pay for the optimum performance of a natural defence mechanism."

"One day we may all be popping pills of P. acnes in a bid to stay healthy."

If having acne will help me fight cancer, that's cool... I still wish I had clear skin though.

The article can be found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/1630307.stm

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