Immune System


  • Mushrooms Boost Immunity
    Could a mushroom a day help keep the doctor away? A new University of Florida study shows increased immunity in people who ate a cooked shiitake mushroom every day for four weeks. Of the thousands of mushroom species globally, about 20 are used for culinary purposes. ...More
    April 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Human Immune System Can Control Re-Awakened HIV, Suggesting Cure is Possible
    The human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a 'kick and kill' strategy, finds new research led by UCL, the University of Oxford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The 'kick and kill' ...More
    April 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Worms and Germs Lead to Better Immune Function
    A growing body of evidence in the medical community holds that greater diversity of bacteria and even worms in the digestive tract offers protection against a variety of allergic and autoimmune problems. Germs from healthy people can be used to heal people with digestive ...More
    April 9, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Herpesvirus Activates RIG-I Receptor to Evade Body's Immune System
    Using herpesvirus, molecular immunologists from the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center have discovered a cellular process that activates a critical immune defense against pathogens, which could have implications for developing drugs ...More
    April 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Anticancer Drug Can Spur Immune System to Fight Bacterial Infections
    Low doses of the anti-cancer drug imatinib can spur the bone marrow to produce more innate immune cells to fight against bacterial infections, Emory researchers have found. The results were published March 30, 2015 in the journal PLOS Pathogens. The findings suggest ...More
    April 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • How a Deadly Fungus Evades the Immune System
    New research from the University of Toronto has scientists re-thinking how a lethal fungus grows and kills immune cells. The study hints at a new approach to therapy for Candida albicans, one of the most common causes of bloodstream infections. Previously, scientists ...More
    March 31, 2015 Posted in News
  • HBV Exposure Matures Infants' Immune Systems
    A Singapore led study has shown that hepatitis B virus (HBV) exposure increases the immune system maturation of infants, which may give a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life. These findings radically modify the way that HBV vertical ...More
    March 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • NIH Researchers Develop Database on Healthy Immune System
    An extensive database identifying immune traits, such as how immune cell function is regulated at the genetic level in healthy people, is reported by researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their collaborators in the journal Cell. While many genetic ...More
    March 12, 2015 Posted in News
  • 'Energetic' Immune Cells are Vital for Fighting Disease
    A good immune system relies on a key 'energy producing' protein in immune cells to develop immunity to vaccines and disease, an international team of scientists has found. The protein, called HuR (human antigen R) is critical for controlling metabolism in B cells, which ...More
    March 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • A High-Salt Diet Could Protect Against Invading Microbes
    Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a study published by Cell Press March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt could have a biological ...More
    March 3, 2015 Posted in News