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Immune Response


  • Getting Less Sleep Associated With Lower Resistance to Colds
    Individuals who get less than seven hours of sleep per night appear about three times as likely to develop respiratory illness following exposure to a cold virus as those who sleep eight hours or more, according to a report in the Jan. 12 issue of Archives of Internal ...More
    January 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tuberculosis Bacteria Co-Opt Body's Defenses to Gain Foothold
    Tuberculosis bacteria can commandeer the body's defenses in the early stages of infection and redirect them for their own offensive strategies, according to results reported today in the scientific journal Cell.The dense granulomas characteristic of TB were originally ...More
    January 9, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Study Finds More Effective Treatment for Pneumonia Following Influenza
    Scientists at St. Jude Children's ResearchHospital have demonstrated a more effective treatment for bacterial pneumonia following influenza. They found that the antibiotics clindamycin and azithromycin, which kill bacteria by inhibiting their protein synthesis, are more ...More
    January 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibodies Take 'Evolutionary Leaps' to Fight Microbes
    A new report in the January 2009 issue of the FASEB Journal explains for the first time how humans keep up with microbes by rearranging the genes that make antibodies to foreign invaders. This research fills a significant gap in our understanding of how the immune system ...More
    January 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Peering Inside the Skull of a Mouse to Solve Meningitis Mystery
    NYULangoneMedicalCenter scientists and their collaborators at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., have discovered an unexpected cause for the fatal seizures seen in mice with viral meningitis, an infection of the central nervous system, according to a study ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Immunity Stronger at Night Than During the Day
    The immune system's battle against invading bacteria reaches its peak activity at night and is lowest during the day. Experiments with the laboratory model organism, Drosophila melanogaster, reveal that the specific immune response known as phagocytosis oscillates with the ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Mathematical Models of Adaptive Immunity
    More than 5 million people die every year from infectious diseases, despite the availability of numerous antibiotics and vaccines. The discovery of penicillin to treat bacterial infections, along with the development of vaccines for previously incurable virus diseases such ...More
    December 11, 2008 Posted in News
  • Interferon Needed for Cells to “Remember” How to Defeat a Virus
    Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have determined that the immune-system protein interferon plays a key role in “teaching” the immune system how to fight off repeated infections of the same virus.The findings, available online and in the Dec. 15 issue ...More
    December 3, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Key to Keeping Killer T Cells in Prime Shape for Fighting Infection, Cancer
    Like tuning a violin to produce strong, elegant notes, researchers at The Wistar Institute have found multiple receptors on the outside of the body’s killer immune system cells which they believe can be selectively targeted to keep the cells in superb infection- and ...More
    December 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop New Strategy for Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Drugs
    Bavituximab, an antiviral drug developed by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers, shows promise as a new strategy to fight viral diseases, including potential bioterrorism agents. In a study appearing in the December issue of Nature Medicine, groups of guinea pigs ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News