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Immune Response

  • Older Men More Likely Than Women to Die After Pneumonia
    Differing biological response to infection between men and women may explain higher death rates among older men who are hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The findings, published online in the Critical Care Medicine journal, may have important ...More
    April 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Why Anti-HIV Antibodies are Ineffective at Blocking Infection
    Some 25 years after the AIDS epidemic spawned a worldwide search for an effective vaccine against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), progress in the field seems to have effectively become stalled. The reason? According to new findings from a team of researchers from ...More
    April 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Updated Guidelines for HIV-Associated Opportunistic Infections Released
    The first complete update in five years of the U.S. guidelines for preventing and treating HIV-associated opportunistic infections has been released by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in cooperation with the HIV Medicine ...More
    April 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Evidence Explains Poor Infant Immune Response to Certain Vaccines
    For years, researchers and physicians have known that infants' immune systems do not respond well to certain vaccines, thus the need for additional boosters as children develop. Now, in a new study from the University of Missouri, one researcher has found an explanation for ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Immune System's Role in Hepatitis C Recurrence After Liver Transplantation
    A new study pinpoints certain aspects of the immune system that may play a role in the recurrence and progression of hepatitis C virus (HCV) after liver transplantation. The study is in the April issue of the journal Liver Transplantation.HCV, which can lead to cirrhosis ...More
    April 1, 2009 Posted in News
  • Strategy for Fighting Persistent Bacterial Infections is Discovered
    Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a promising strategy for destroying the molecular scaffolding that can make Pseudomonas bacterial infections extremely difficult to treat in cystic fibrosis patients, wearers of contact lenses, and burn victims. Jerry ...More
    March 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Investigating the Link Between Flu and Pneumonia
    A joint venture from researchers from the Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg, and the Karolinska institute in Sweden have taken an in-depth look at the connection between flu infection and pneumonia. ...More
    March 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Goodbye Needle, Hello Smoothie for Disease Protection
    Instead of a dreaded injection with a needle, someday getting vaccinated against disease may be as pleasant as drinking a yogurt smoothie. A researcher from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has developed a new oral vaccine using probiotics, the ...More
    March 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • TB Breakthrough Could Lead to Stronger Vaccine
    A breakthrough strategy to improve the effectiveness of the only tuberculosis vaccine approved for humans provided superior protection against the deadly disease in a pre-clinical test, report scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Nature ...More
    March 3, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Discovery Gives TB Vaccine a Shot in the Arm
    A new article appearing in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology may lead to improvements in the efficacy of the current tuberculosis vaccine. Specifically, a team of Italian researchers discovered a new role for type I interferon, in which it improves ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News