Immune System


  • World Leaders Call for Action to Reduce TB Deaths Among HIV-Positive People
    NEW YORK CITY -- For the first time ever, heads of governments, public health and business leaders, heads of United Nations (UN) agencies and activists came together at UN headquarters today to confront a threat to global health that could undermine investments in ...More
    June 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • TB Treatment for Elderly Likely Requires an Immune Response Boost
    Manipulating the immune system in elderly people appears to be the most likely way to help older patients wage an effective battle against tuberculosis, a new study suggests.Mathematical modeling of how mice respond to TB infection suggests that potential therapy options ...More
    June 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Tool Creates Personalized Catch-Up Vaccine Schedules
    Georgia Tech associate professor Pinar Keskinocak, graduate student Faramroze Engineer and Larry Pickering, executive secretary of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC (left to right) display the childhood vaccination catch-up scheduler.  Georgia ...More
    May 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Get Inside a Long-suspected HIV Hideout in Humans
    Scientists have broken inside a cell long suspected of harboring HIV during drug treatment and determined it is indeed a reservoir of the virus in humans, where it remains highly infectious.Researchers at Brigham Young University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have ...More
    May 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Tuberculosis
    Patients with active tuberculosis are more likely to be vitamin D deficient than the rest of the population. New research, presented at the annual Society for Endocrinology meeting, shows that the majority of patients with tuberculosis (TB) have low levels of vitamin D, ...More
    April 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Technique Will Speed the Development of Vaccines
    A team of Washington State University scientists has devised a method that could lead to the development of vaccines against some of the most troubling infectious diseases we face—diseases that have so far been difficult or impossible to vaccinate against. The new method ...More
    March 25, 2008 Posted in News
  • UC Davis Researchers Discover How HIV Turns Food Poisoning into Lethal Infection
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Nearly half of all HIV-positive African adults who become infected with Salmonella die from what otherwise would be a seven-day bout of diarrhea. Now, UC Davis School of Medicine scientists have discovered how salmonella becomes lethal for AIDS ...More
    March 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Nanoemulsion Vaccines Show Increasing Promise
    A novel technique for vaccinating against a variety of infectious diseases – using an oil-based emulsion placed in the nose, rather than needles – has proved able to produce a strong immune response against smallpox and HIV in two new studies. The results build on previous ...More
    February 26, 2008 Posted in News
  • Immune System Protein Starves Staph Bacteria
    One of the ways we defend ourselves against bacterial foes is to “hide” their food, particularly the metals they crave. A multi-disciplinary team led by Vanderbilt University investigators has now discovered that a protein inside certain immune system cells blocks the ...More
    February 19, 2008 Posted in News
  • Protein in Tick Saliva Prevents HIV-1 from Attaching to T Cells
    The HIV-1 virus cripples the human immune system by targeting white blood cells called T cells that form the body’s first line of defense in fighting infections. A recent study by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that a protein found in the ...More
    February 15, 2008 Posted in News