Immune Response


  • New Insights on an Ancient Plague Could Improve Treatments for Infections
    Dangerous new pathogens such as the Ebola virus invoke scary scenarios of deadly epidemics, but even ancient scourges such as the bubonic plague are still providing researchers with new insights on how the body responds to infections. In a study published online Sept. 18, ...More
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  • Commensal Bacteria Help Orchestrate Immune Response in Lung
    Studies in mice demonstrate that signals from the bacteria that harmlessly—and often beneficially—inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract boost the immune system's ability to kill a major respiratory pathogen, Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a paper ...More
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  • New Defense Mechanism Against Viruses Discovered
    Researchers have discovered that a known quality control mechanism in human, animal and plant cells is active against viruses. They think it might represent one of the oldest defense mechanisms against viruses in evolutionary history. When it comes to defense against ...More
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  • Scientists Search for Ebola Immune Response Targets
    The effort to develop therapeutics and a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) requires a complex understanding of the microorganism and its relationship within the host, especially the immune response. Adding to the challenge, EVD can be caused by any one of ...More
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  • Unusual Immune Cell Needed to Prevent Oral Thrush, Researchers Find
    An unusual kind of immune cell in the tongue appears to play a pivotal role in the prevention of thrush, according to the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who discovered them. The findings, published online today in the Journal of Experimental ...More
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  • Team Identifies Important Regulators of Immune Cell Response
    In a collaborative study, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology have developed a more effective method to determine how immune cells called T cells differentiate into specialized ...More
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  • War Between Bacteria and Phages Benefits Humans
    In the battle between our immune systems and cholera bacteria, humans may have an unknown ally in bacteria-killing viruses known as phages. In a new study, researchers from Tufts University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners In Health, Haiti's National Public Health ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • OTC Pain Reliever May Restore Immune Function in Old Age
    New research involving mice suggests that the key to more youthful immune function might already be in your medicine cabinet. In a report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology scientists show that macrophages from the lungs of old mice had different responses to ...More
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  • New Analysis of Old HIV Vaccines Finds Potentially Protective Immune Response
    Applying the benefit of hindsight, researchers at Duke Medicine have reanalyzed the findings of two historic pediatric HIV vaccine trials with encouraging results. The vaccines had in fact triggered an antibody response -- now known to be associated with protection in ...More
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  • Antibiotics in Early Life May Alter Immunity in the Long Run
    New University of British Columbia research found that receiving antibiotic treatments early in life can increase susceptibility to specific diseases later on. Most bacteria living in the gut play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system, but antibiotic ...More
    August 18, 2014 Posted in News
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