Immune System


  • Study Reveals How Ebola Blocks Immune System
    Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have identified one way the Ebola virus dodges the body's antiviral defenses, providing important insight that could lead to new therapies, in research results published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. In ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • SCID Previously Underdiagnosed in Infants with Fatal Infections
    Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a potentially life-threatening, but treatable, disorder affecting infants, is twice as common as previously believed, according to a new study that is the first to examine the national impact of this newborn screening test. The study ...More
    August 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • Antibiotics in Early Life May Alter Immunity in the Long Run
    New University of British Columbia research found that receiving antibiotic treatments early in life can increase susceptibility to specific diseases later on. Most bacteria living in the gut play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system, but antibiotic ...More
    August 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Gut Flora Influences HIV Immune Response
    Normal microorganisms in the intestines appear to play a pivotal role in how the HIV virus foils a successful attack from the body’s immune system, according to new research from Duke Medicine. The study, published Aug. 13, 2014, in the journal Cell Host & ...More
    August 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Transplantation Shown to Be Highly Effective in Treating Immune Deficiency in Children
    Babies who are born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) can be successfully treated with a transplant of blood-forming stem cells, according to experts led by Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Richard J. O’Reilly, MD, a pioneer in the development of transplant ...More
    August 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • Key to Aging Immune System is Discovered
    There’s a good reason people over 60 are not donor candidates for bone marrow transplantation. The immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and a UC San Francisco research team now has ...More
    August 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • Potential New Flu Drugs Target Immune Response, Not Virus
    The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. Turning down that response, rather than attacking the virus, might be a better way to reduce that severity, says Juliet Morrison of the University of ...More
    July 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • Immune Function Predicts Infection Risk Among Child Trauma Patients
    Researchers studying critically ill children with traumatic injuries have identified an immune marker that predicts which patients are likely to develop a hospital-acquired infection. The study, led by clinician-scientists at Nationwide Children's Hospital and published ...More
    July 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Unsuspected Aspect of Immune Regulation is Revealed
    A discovery by Australian immunologists, uncovering an additional role for antibody-making B cells, is considered important enough by the American Association of Immunologists to rank it among the top 10 percent of articles in the latest issue of the Journal of ...More
    July 1, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover 'Invisibility Cloak' for Immune Cells
    The various cells in the immune system have to protect themselves from one another so that they don’t kill each other. Immune biologist Annette Oxenius and her team from ETH Zurich have now discovered a previously unknown mechanism that immune cells use to protect ...More
    June 25, 2014 Posted in News