Immune System

  • 'Bystander' Chronic Infections Thwart Development of Immune Cell Memory
    Studies of vaccine programs in the developing world have revealed that individuals with chronic infections such as malaria and hepatitis tend to be less likely to develop the fullest possible immunity benefits from vaccines for unrelated illnesses. The underlying mechanisms ...More
    May 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • Zinc Supplementation Boosts Immune System in Children
    Zinc supplements reduce diarrhea and other infections in malnourished children, and may prevent death, according to a new study published in The Cochrane Library. The study is the first Cochrane systematic review to focus on zinc as a means to prevent childhood death, ...More
    May 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • UBC Scientists Find New Way to Mobilize Immune System Against Viruses
    University of British Columbia scientists have uncovered an intricate chain reaction in the body’s immune system and have used the knowledge to develop a new treatment against harmful viruses. Viral pandemics, such as the coronavirus that caused the deadly SARS ...More
    May 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Discovery Helps Explain How B Cells Adapt to Their Targets
    Over the weeks following an invasion by a disease-causing microbe, the human immune system fine tunes its defenses, producing proteins called antibodies that are ever more precisely targeted at the invader. New research in Michel Nussenzweig’s laboratory of molecular ...More
    May 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study of Gut Microbes, Antibiotics: Clues to Improving Immunity in Premature Infants
    Mothers give a newborn baby a gift of germs—microbes that help to kick-start the infant's immune system. But antibiotics, used to fend off infection, may paradoxically interrupt a newborn's own immune responses, leaving already-vulnerable premature babies more ...More
    April 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • Immune System Research May Help Predict Who Gets Long-Term Complications From Lyme Disease
    A team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins and Stanford University researchers has laid the groundwork for understanding how variations in immune responses to Lyme disease can contribute to the many different outcomes of this bacterial infection seen in individual patients. ...More
    April 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Immune Cell Defenders Protect Us From Bacterial Invasion
    An international team of researchers including University of Melbourne staff has identified the exact biochemical key that awakes the body’s immune cells and sends them into fight against bacteria and fungi. The patented work, published in the journal Nature today, ...More
    April 3, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Takes Closer Look at the Role of Gut Microbes in the Immune System
    New research suggests that gut microorganisms do not merely influence immune cell function, but also support the production of immune cells that form the first line of defense against infection. By understanding the mechanisms responsible for maintaining and replacing ...More
    March 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Novel Population of Neutrophils
    Case Western Reserve University researchers have discovered a novel population of neutrophils, which are the body’s infection control workhorses. These cells have an enhanced microbial killing ability and are thereby better able to control infection. Neutrophils, the ...More
    March 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Unique Individual Demonstrates Desired Immune Response to HIV Virus
    One person’s unique ability to fight HIV has provided key insights into an immune response that researchers now hope to trigger with a vaccine, according to findings reported by a team that includes Duke Medicine scientists.   The person had a rare combination of ...More
    March 10, 2014 Posted in News