Are we healthier in the summer?

In Situ

The human immune system reacts according to seasons based on gene expression, according to a new study. Original image from Flickr, Creative Commons licensing applies. The human immune system reacts according to seasons based on gene expression, according to a new study. Original image from Flickr, Creative Commons licensing applies.

Two months and twenty degrees change the face of Chicago. In March, doors and closed and heat is on; everyone is wrapped in coats and lips pressed together in a grumpy expression. Few people talk to each other, hurrying home to nestle beneath blankets in high apartments, angrily watching the snow come down as they drink weak coffee and urge the spring to hurry with sighs. They frequently check their email from notices from the doctor about their antidepressant medication and antibiotics.

In May, children are everywhere. White legs poke from beneath sundresses, laughter comes from the patios decorating every sidewalk and, it seems, fewer people are home sick. The city comes to life with music, festivals, drinking and active living. There is no empty…

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