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Immune System

  • Mobilizing the Immune System to Fight Viruses
    Last week marked the 20th anniversary of professors Doherty and Zinkernagel's Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries concerning the immune system. Twenty years on, and Monash University-based researchers are making fundamental advances in how our immune system functions. ...More
    5 days ago Posted in News
  • Immune Cells Help Reduce Infection Rates in Babies After Cleft Lip Surgery
    The mouth is widely considered the dirtiest part of the human body, yet babies have surprisingly low infection rates following cleft lip and palate surgery. Now, researchers have the first evidence that one reason may be the presence of what they call the SWAT team of ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Intestinal Diversity Protects Against Asthma
    Children who develop asthma or allergies have an altered immune response to intestinal bacteria in the mucous membranes even as infants. This has been shown by a new study at Linköping University in Sweden, which also suggests that the mother’s immune system ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Probe HPV's Manipulation of Immune System
    Researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago have gained fresh insights into how one of the main viruses that cause cervical cancer evades its hosts' immune systems. Their findings, which are published in the international journal Scientific Reports, suggest that a ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Groundbreaking Immune Approach Targets Humans Instead of Bacteria
    Staphylococcal and streptococcal infections affect millions of individuals each year. They are a leading cause of sepsis and account for many cases of pneumonia and post-surgical infections. Despite the urgency of this situation, the antibiotic development pipeline is ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Parkinson's Disease Protection May Begin in the Gut
    Researchers at the University of Iowa have found that the gut may be key to preventing Parkinson's disease. Cells located in the intestine spark an immune response that protects nerve cells, or neurons, against damage connected with Parkinson's disease. Acting like ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Where You Live Shapes Your Immune System More Than Your Genes
    Like fingerprints, immune systems vary from person to person. And although we all inherit a unique set of genes that help us respond to infections, recent studies have found that our history and environment—like where and with whom we live—are responsible for 60 ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Newly Discovered Immune Cell Type Protects Against Lung Infections During Chemotherapy
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators have identified a new form of an immune cell that protected mice from life-threatening lung infections under conditions that mimic cancer chemotherapy. The research appears online today in the scientific journal ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Flesh-Eating Infections in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Spur New Discovery
    Rheumatoid arthritis patients taking medications that inhibit interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), a molecule that stimulates the immune system, are 300 times more likely to experience invasive Group A Streptococcal infections than patients not on the drug, according to University ...More
    August 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • St. Jude Researchers Pinpoint Key Influenza-Fighting Immune Trigger
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital immunologists have identified the protein trigger in the body's quick-reaction innate immune system that specifically recognizes the influenza virus in infected cells and triggers their death. ...More
    August 15, 2016 Posted in News
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