All terribly fascinating:
In 2009, Dr Goetzl studied a group of 50 elderly adults through the National Institute on Aging, examining their levels of key cytokines (proteins that either attack viruses or bacteria or cause inflammation that leads to decline in health).
He discovered that truly healthy 70-80-year-old women had the same levels as healthy 20-year-olds.
However, some elderly men and frail women who showed increased levels of inflammatory diseases and weakened defences against infections tended to have lower levels of the first two cytokines, which are protective, and higher levels of inflammatory cytokines.
Lenalidomide appeared to raise these levels.
Be interesting to see how it interacts with auto-immune diseases though: like arthritis, just as one example…..