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Immune Response

  • Herpes Virus Weaves Itself Into the DNA Transferred from Parents to Babies
    Parents expect to pass on their eye or hair color, their knobby knees or their big feet to their children through their genes. But they don't expect to pass on viruses through those same genes.New research from the University of Rochester Medical Center shows that some ...More
    September 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Innate Immune System Targets Asthma-Linked Fungus for Destruction
    BLACKSBURG, Va. – A new study shows that the innate immune system of humans is capable of killing a fungus linked to airway inflammation, chronic rhinosinusitis and bronchial asthma. Researchers at Mayo Clinic and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) have ...More
    September 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Most Vaccine-Allergic Children Can Still be Vaccinated Safely, Hopkins Experts Say
    With close monitoring and a few standard precautions, nearly all children with known or suspected vaccine allergies can be safely immunized, according to a team of vaccine safety experts led by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Writing in the September issue of ...More
    September 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Role for Body’s Natural Killers
    Scientists at the University of York have discovered a new role for a population of white blood cells, which may lead to improved treatments for chronic infections and cancer.Natural Killer (NK) cells are abundant white blood cells that were recognized more than 30 years ...More
    August 27, 2008 Posted in News
  • White Blood Cell Uses DNA 'Catapult' to Fight Infection
    SALTLAKECITY – U.S. and Swiss scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how a type of white blood cell called the eosinophil may help the body to fight bacterial infections in the digestive tract, according to research published online this week in Nature ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • How Flesh-Eating Bacteria Attack the Body’s Immune System
    “Flesh-eating” bacteria are able to survive and spread in the body by degrading a key immune defense molecule, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The ...More
    August 13, 2008 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Why Treatment Isn't Effective for HIV
    University of Minnesota researchers have answered a key question as to why antiretroviral therapy isn't effective in restoring immunity in HIV-infected patients. Once a person is infected with the virus, fibrosis, or scarring, occurs in the lymph nodes – the home of T ...More
    August 5, 2008 Posted in News
  • HIV Conquers Immune System Faster Than Previously Realized
    DURHAM, N.C. – New research into the earliest events occurring immediately upon infection with HIV-I shows that the virus deals a stunning blow to the immune system earlier than was previously understood. According to scientists at Duke University Medical Center, this ...More
    July 18, 2008 Posted in News
  • Animal Study Identifies New DNA Weapon Against Avian Flu
    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have identified a potential new way to vaccinate against avian flu. By delivering vaccine via DNA constructed to build antigens against flu, along with a minute electric pulse, researchers have immunized ...More
    July 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How Measles Virus Spreads in its Host
    Measles, one of the most common contagious diseases, has been thought to enter the body through the surface of airways and lungs, like many other major viruses. Now, Mayo Clinic researchers and their collaborators say that’s not the case, and some medical texts will ...More
    June 23, 2008 Posted in News