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Immune Response

  • NIH Scientists Identify How Normally Protective Immune Responses Kill Neurons
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists studying inflammation of the brain have discovered why certain immune responses, which typically help cells recognize and fight viral and bacterial infections, can sometimes be harmful to the brain. Many brain disorders involve ...More
    2 days ago Posted in News
  • Flu Infection Reveals Many Paths to Immune Response
    A new study of influenza infection in an animal model broadens understanding of how the immune system responds to flu virus, showing that the process is more dynamic than usually described, engaging a broader array of biological pathways. The researchers say their findings ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • HIV Particles Do Not Cause AIDS, Our Own Immune Cells Do
    Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes have revealed that HIV does not cause AIDS by the virus's direct effect on the host's immune cells, but rather through the cells' lethal influence on one another. HIV can either be spread through free-floating virus that directly ...More
    August 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Immune System Helps Killer Cells When Infection is Present
    Scientists at the University of Bonn, together with colleagues from the U.S. and Japan, have shed light on an important immune mechanism. Their work shows how the body provides the important killer cells with a helper in the case of an infection. The study could point the ...More
    August 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Adjuvants Improve Immune Response to H7N9 Flu Vaccine
    In a phase 2 trial that included nearly 1,000 adults, the AS03 and MF59 adjuvants (a component that improves immune response of inactivated influenza vaccines) increased the immune responses to two doses of an inactivated H7N9 influenza vaccine, with AS03-adjuvanted ...More
    July 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Molecular Switch That Creates Long-Term Immunity
    Melbourne researchers have identified a protein responsible for preserving the antibody-producing cells that lead to long-term immunity after infection or vaccination. ...More
    July 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Vitamin A Supplementation May Cause the Immune System to Forget Past Infections
    Although vitamin A supplementation can have profound health benefits when someone is deficient, new evidence is emerging to show that vitamin A supplementation above and beyond normal levels may have negative health consequences. A new research report published in the July ...More
    June 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Disabling Infection-Fighting Immune Response Speeds Up Wound Healing
    One of the body's tools for fighting off infection in a wound may actually slow down the healing process, according to new research by a team of Harvard University, Boston Children's Hospital, and Penn State University scientists. In a study published online in Nature ...More
    June 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Immune System Needs Battle-Ready T Cells
    Just as militaries need to have trained, experienced soldiers ready for future wars, making sure that the immune system has enough battle-ready T cells on hand is important for fast-acting, more effective vaccines, according to Penn State researchers. In a study of immune ...More
    June 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Vitamin D Can Improve Immune Response to HIV-1
    Vitamin D plays an important part in the human immune response and deficiency can leave individuals less able to fight infections like HIV-1. Now an international team of researchers has found that high-dose vitamin D supplementation can reverse the deficiency and also ...More
    June 15, 2015 Posted in News
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