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Immune System


  • Overcoming Anthrax Bacterium's Natural Defenses Could Hold Key to New Treatments
    Army scientists have discovered a way to "trick" the bacterium that causes anthrax into shedding its protective covering, making it easier for the body's immune system to mount a defense. The study, which appears in this month's issue of the journal Microbiology, could lead ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • New Technique May Quickly Distinguish Between Active and Latent TB
    An emerging technique designed to quickly distinguish between people with active and dormant tuberculosis may help health professionals diagnose the disease sooner, thereby potentially limiting early exposure to the disease, according to a study conducted by researchers at ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • DFA Unreliable in H1N1 Testing in Critically Ill Patients
    Direct immunofluorescence assay (DFA) testing for H1N1 influenza is unreliable in ICU patients, according to a new study from Stanford University. Multiple methods exist for diagnosing influenza, but data on the utility and accuracy of these tests for H1N1 are still ...More
    May 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Response to Vaccines Could Depend on Your Sex
    Biological differences between the sexes could be a significant predictor of responses to vaccines, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They examined published data from numerous adult and child vaccine trials and found that sex ...More
    May 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Unmasking Anthrax for Immune Destruction
    Anthrax-causing bacteria can be engineered to shed their invisibility cloaks, making it easier for the immune system to eradicate it, according to a new study published in Microbiology. The work could lead to new measures to treat anthrax infection in the event of a ...More
    May 1, 2010 Posted in News
  • Restricting Caloric Intake Boost Immunity
    Scientists funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that volunteers who followed a low-calorie diet or a very low-calorie diet not only lost weight, but also significantly enhanced their immune response. The study may be the first to demonstrate the ...More
    April 29, 2010 Posted in News
  • Merely Seeing Disease Symptoms May Promote Aggressive Immune Response
    Just seeing someone who looks sick is enough to make your immune system work harder, according to a new study in which volunteers looked at pictures of sick people. This may help fight off pathogens, says Mark Schaller from the University of British Columbia who conducted ...More
    April 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Favor Needles Over Tablets for Global Vaccinations
    According to the World Health Organization, 2 billion people around the globe suffer from chronic parasitic worm infections, which, in addition to causing illness and developmental delay, are also suspected to interfere with the effectiveness of ordinary vaccines, making ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • The Billions That Bug Us: A Genomic View of Humans and Their Microbes
    The human species is dependent for its survival on the billions of microorganisms that inhabit multiple environmental niches within and on the human body. While microbes are commonly associated with diseases and infections, they are also vital in essential, beneficial roles ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Viruses Manipulate Host Cells by Means of Molecular Mimics
    Viruses have evolved a broad range of strategies that enable them to evade the immune systems of their hosts. A team of researchers at the Max von Pettenkofer Institute at LMU Munich led by virologist Jürgen Haas has been studying a novel, recently discovered mechanism ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News