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Immune System


  • Chronic Infection May Add to Deaths
    Worldwide, nearly 2 million people per year die from diarrhea, the vast majority of them in poor countries in Africa and Asia. The disease accounts for 18 percent of all deaths among children — and yet is almost always preventable with proper treatment. Now, new ...More
    February 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Damage Includes Fluid Build-up in the Lungs
    By Emily CaldwellIn a fight against respiratory infections, the body typically produces a little fluid to help the lungs generate a productive cough. But new research suggests that the influenza virus can tip the balance toward too much fluid in the lungs, interfering with ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Brain Structure Assists in Immune Response
    For the first time, a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have imaged in real time the body’s immune response to a parasitic infection in the brain. The complete findings, published in the current issue of the journal ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Major Immune System Branch Has Hidden Ability to Learn
    Half of the immune system has a hidden talent, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered. They found the innate immune system, long recognized as a specialist in rapidly and aggressively combating invaders, has cells that can learn ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • How Ebola Virus Avoids the Immune System
    Scanning electron microscope image of Ebola virions (spaghetti-like filaments) on the surface of a tetherin-expressing cell (center). The other three cells seen in this image (upper right and upper and lower left) do not have the filamentous virus on their surfaces.  ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • 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