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Immune System

  • Patients' "Immune Fingerprints" May Help Diagnose Bacterial Infections and Guide Treatment
    A patient’s immune response may provide better and more rapid insights into the cause, severity, and prognosis of certain bacterial infections than conventional tests, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology ...More
    October 31, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Why Newborns Get Sick So Often
    A new research finding published in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology sheds new light on why newborns appear to be so prone to getting sick with viruses—they are born without one of the key proteins needed to protect them. This protein, called ...More
    October 31, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immune System Shapes Skin Microbiome
    Our skin plays host to millions of beneficial and potentially disease-causing microorganisms; however, whether our immune system influences these microbial communities to prevent disease is unknown. In a study published online in Genome Research, researchers have explored ...More
    October 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Key Proteins Influencing Major Immune Strategies
    New research from the Masonic Cancer Center, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Center for Immunology has identified key proteins that influence immune response strategies, a finding that could influence new vaccination approaches. The study, ...More
    October 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • Insights Into How TB Tricks the Immune System Could Help Combat the Disease
    Researchers have identified a potential way to manipulate the immune system to improve its ability to fight off tuberculosis (TB). TB is a major problem for both humans and cattle and the new findings could help scientists to create better drugs to combat the disease in ...More
    October 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Flu Virus Wipes Out Immune System's First Responders to Establish Infection
    Revealing influenza’s truly insidious nature, Whitehead Institute scientists have discovered that the virus is able to infect its host by first killing off the cells of the immune system that are actually best equipped to neutralize the virus. Confronted with a harmful ...More
    October 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Shows How Staph Toxin Disarms the Immune System
    Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered a new mechanism by which the deadly Staphylococcus aureus bacteria attack and kill off immune cells. Their findings, published today in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, explain a critical survival tactic of a ...More
    October 16, 2013 Posted in News
  • Immune System Discovery Could Lead to EBV Vaccine to Prevent Mononucleosis
    Development of a vaccine against Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has taken a step forward with the Canadian discovery of how EBV infection evades detection by the immune system. EBV causes infectious mononucleosis and cancers such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma and nasopharyngeal ...More
    October 11, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop Model to Study Immune Response to Helicobacter pylori
    Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have developed a new large animal model to study how the immune system interacts with the stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori, the leading cause of peptic ulcer disease. The discovery in the October edition of the ...More
    September 25, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How Immune System Performance is Enhanced
    Melbourne researchers have found that even our immune system is subject to performance enhancement, giving immune cells the boost they need to ensure the best team is selected to fight infections. The discovery could help in developing new treatments for blood diseases such ...More
    September 23, 2013 Posted in News