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Immune System

  • “Good” Bacteria Keep Immune System Primed to Fight Future Infections
    Scientists have long pondered the seeming contradiction that taking broad-spectrum antibiotics over a long period of time can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections. Now researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine may have figured out why. The ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Rejuvenating the Old Immune System
    Researchers from Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany are investigating the development of novel therapies to make the old immune system young again. By comparing the immune responses of both, young and old mice, to bacterial infection they ...More
    January 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Gastric Ulcer Bacteria Turn Immune Defense Inward
    Despite a strong response from our immune defense, the body is unable to rid itself of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. One reason for this is that this bacterium encourages elements of the immune response to remain in tissue, activating the wrong immune cells. Research ...More
    January 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Eavesdropping on Bacterial Conversations May Improve Chronic Wound Healing
    Listening in on bacterial conversations could be the solution for improving chronic wound care, says a team of researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology."Bacteria, often ...More
    January 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Fatty Food Can Weaken the Immune System
    Fresh evidence that fatty food is bad for our health has come to light: mice fed a lard-based diet over a long period got worse at fighting bacteria in the blood, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy.The mice fed the lard-based diet derived 60 per cent of their ...More
    December 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Previous Seasonal Flu Infections May Provide Some Level of H1N1 Immunity
    Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology have found that previous influenza infections may provide at least some level of immunity to the H1N1 influenza. “The question we asked was, “Is the swine flu more like the seasonal flu or like a ...More
    November 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Immune System of Healthy Adults May be Better Prepared Than Expected to Fight 2009 H1N1 Influenza
    A new study shows that molecular similarities exist between the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus and other strains of seasonal H1N1 virus that have been circulating in the population since 1988. These results suggest that healthy adults may have a level of protective immune memory ...More
    November 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Link Between Influenza Virus and Fever
    Viruses are microscopically sized parasites. They plant their genes in the cells of their victim in order to 'reprogram' them. The infected cells then no longer produce what they need to live, making lots of new viruses instead. Luckily, in most cases this hostile takeover ...More
    November 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • NIAID Announces New Human Immunology Research Awards to Help Fight Emerging Infectious Diseases
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded approximately $208 million to two programs that support research to better understand the human immune response to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including those that may be ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Two-Pronged Protein Attack Could be Source of SARS Virulence
    Ever since the previously unknown SARS virus emerged from southern China in 2003, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston virologists have focused on finding the source of the pathogen's virulence — its ability to cause disease. In the 2003 epidemic, ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions