Immune Response

  • Lungs Respond to Hospital Ventilator as If It Were an Infection
    When hospital patients need assistance breathing and are placed on a mechanical ventilator for days at a time, their lungs react to the pressure generated by the ventilator with an out-of-control immune response that can lead to excessive inflammation, new research ...More
    July 19, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Shows How Aging Impairs Immune Response
    Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have uncovered one of the mechanisms by which aging may compromise the ability of the immune system to fight infections and respond to vaccines. The study, conducted in aging mice, shows that ...More
    July 18, 2012 Posted in News
  • Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of Link Between Immune System Irregularities and Autism
    Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) pioneered the study of the link between irregularities in the immune system and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism a decade ago. Since then, studies of postmortem brains and of individuals with autism, ...More
    July 17, 2012 Posted in News
  • Innate Immune System Protein Provides a New Target in War Against Bacterial Infections
    Research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists has identified a possible new approach to defeating bacterial infections by targeting an innate immune system component in a bid to invigorate the immune response. In this study, researchers demonstrated that ...More
    July 2, 2012 Posted in News
  • TB Treatment Paradox: Mouse Studies Show Body's Own Response Helps TB Bacteria Survive
    Inhibiting a key immune response in mice during initial multi-drug treatment for tuberculosis could — paradoxically — shorten treatment time for the highly contagious lung infection according to new research from Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the Center for TB ...More
    June 28, 2012 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals Flu-Fighting Role for Well-Known Immune Component
    University of Georgia scientists have discovered a new flu-fighting role for a well-known component of the immune system. Kimberly Klonowski, assistant professor of cellular biology in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and her colleagues found that ...More
    June 26, 2012 Posted in News
  • Scientists Detect New Immune Alert Signal
    New discovery expands our knowledge as to when the mammalian cell detects an incoming viral attack – and what the cell does to protect the body. The new finding may improve vaccine efficiency and could provide better treatment of recurrent infections Researchers from Aarhus ...More
    June 22, 2012 Posted in News
  • Immune System Circuitry That Kills Malaria in Mosquitoes is Identified
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have determined the function of a series proteins within the mosquito that transduce a signal that enables the mosquito to fight off infection from the parasite that causes malaria in humans. Together, these ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Long-Ignored Enzyme is Key to Killing Infectious Bacteria
    New research shows that an enzyme that has long been considered relatively useless to the immune response instead has an important role in setting up immune cells to kill infection-causing bacteria. Ohio State University scientists have determined that this enzyme, called ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • Immune Cells in the Gut May Improve Control of HIV Growth
    The findings of a new study in monkeys may help clarify why some people infected with HIV are better able to control the virus. They also may pinpoint a target for treatment during early HIV infection aimed at increasing the supply of certain immune cells in the gut, which ...More
    June 11, 2012 Posted in News