Immune System


  • Research Shows How Lungs Fight Bacteria and Prevent Infection
    Actor and pancreatic cancer patient Patrick Swayze's recent hospitalization with pneumonia as a result of his compromised immune system underscores the sensitivity of the lungs: many patients die from lung complications of a disease, rather than the disease itself.Lungs are ...More
    January 23, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Make Breakthrough Against Poxviruses
    Smallpox has a nasty history throughout the world. Caused by poxviruses, smallpox is one of the few disease-causing agents against which the human body’s immune system is ineffective in its defense.A major breakthrough by Junpeng Deng, a structural biologist in the ...More
    January 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • How Toxoplasma gondii Gets Noticed
    In a new study, researchers provide insight into how Toxoplasma gondii, a common parasite of people and other animals, triggers an immune response in its host. The report will appear online Jan. 19 in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. A strong immune response spares T. ...More
    January 19, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Researchers Develop New Technique to Tap Full Potential of Antibody Libraries
    In hopes of more fully tapping the libraries' potential, a group of Scripps Research Institute scientists, led by Scripps Research president Richard A. Lerner, MD, has for the first time developed a new screening technique that enables antibody screening against equally ...More
    January 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Getting Less Sleep Associated With Lower Resistance to Colds
    Individuals who get less than seven hours of sleep per night appear about three times as likely to develop respiratory illness following exposure to a cold virus as those who sleep eight hours or more, according to a report in the Jan. 12 issue of Archives of Internal ...More
    January 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Tuberculosis Bacteria Co-Opt Body's Defenses to Gain Foothold
    Tuberculosis bacteria can commandeer the body's defenses in the early stages of infection and redirect them for their own offensive strategies, according to results reported today in the scientific journal Cell.The dense granulomas characteristic of TB were originally ...More
    January 9, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Study Finds More Effective Treatment for Pneumonia Following Influenza
    Scientists at St. Jude Children's ResearchHospital have demonstrated a more effective treatment for bacterial pneumonia following influenza. They found that the antibiotics clindamycin and azithromycin, which kill bacteria by inhibiting their protein synthesis, are more ...More
    January 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibodies Take 'Evolutionary Leaps' to Fight Microbes
    A new report in the January 2009 issue of the FASEB Journal explains for the first time how humans keep up with microbes by rearranging the genes that make antibodies to foreign invaders. This research fills a significant gap in our understanding of how the immune system ...More
    January 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Peering Inside the Skull of a Mouse to Solve Meningitis Mystery
    NYULangoneMedicalCenter scientists and their collaborators at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., have discovered an unexpected cause for the fatal seizures seen in mice with viral meningitis, an infection of the central nervous system, according to a study ...More
    December 22, 2008 Posted in News
  • Immunity Stronger at Night Than During the Day
    The immune system's battle against invading bacteria reaches its peak activity at night and is lowest during the day. Experiments with the laboratory model organism, Drosophila melanogaster, reveal that the specific immune response known as phagocytosis oscillates with the ...More
    December 15, 2008 Posted in News