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Immune System


  • Study Shows That Social Status Affects the Immune System and Response to Infection
    Social status is one of the most important factors in predicting the risk of disease and mortality in humans and other social mammals. A new study by the University of Montreal, Duke University and Emory University published in Science reveals that low social status alone ...More
    November 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hepatitis C Virus Tricks Liver Cells to Sabotage Immune Defenses
    The virus that causes hepatitis C protects itself by blocking signals that call up immune defenses in liver cells, according to University of Washington researchers and colleagues reporting Nov. 14 in Nature Medicine. "The finding helps explain why many patients fail ...More
    November 17, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Explores How Immune System Functions During Sleep
    A new study sheds light on how the immune system replenishes itself during sleep. Researchers found that some subsets of T cells are reduced from the bloodstream during sleep when risk of infection is low. The article is published in the American Journal of ...More
    November 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • 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
    October 21, 2016 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
    October 17, 2016 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
    October 11, 2016 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
    October 6, 2016 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
    October 6, 2016 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
    October 5, 2016 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
    October 3, 2016 Posted in News