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Immune System


  • Risk of TB from Arthritis Medication Examined
    Treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents is recognized as a risk factor for tuberculosis (TB) in patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn's disease, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. Most ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • Scientists Tackle Viral Mysteries
    Scientists know that some cancers are triggered by viruses, which take over cellular systems and cause uncontrolled cell growth. Doctors – and patients who get shingles late in life – have also known for many years that some viruses, particularly the herpes ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • H. pylori Alters the Body’s Defense System
    Helicobacter pylori survives in the body by manipulating important immune system cells, according to new research from the Sahlgrenska Academy. The discovery may lead to new treatments against the common peptic ulcer bacterium.About half of the world’s population ...More
    June 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Fighting TB Might be a Matter of 'Flipping a Switch" in Immune Response
    Scientists are focusing on a new concept in fighting airborne pathogens by manipulating what is called the “switching time,” the point at which a highly regulated immune response gives way to powerful cells that specialize in fighting a specific invading bug.In ...More
    June 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Uncover Approach for Possibly Eradicating HIV Infection
    Researchers from the newly established VGTI Florida and the University of Montreal have uncovered a possible method for eradicating HIV infection in the human body. The researchers have also revealed new information which demonstrates how HIV persists in the body -- even in ...More
    June 22, 2009 Posted in News
  • Structures from Immune System’s Oldest Branch Shed Light on a Range of Diseases
    How molecules of the oldest branch of the human immune system have interconnected has remained a mystery. Now, two new structures, both involving a central component of an enzyme important to the complement system of the immune response, reveal how this system fights ...More
    June 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Promising Antimicrobial Attacks Virus, Stimulates Immune System
    A promising antimicrobial agent already known to kill bacteria can also kill viruses and stimulate the innate immune system, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. In a paper appearing online June 4 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Michael Howell, ...More
    June 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Marshals Immune System
    When you were a kid your mom poured it on your scraped finger to stave off infection. When you got older you might have even used it to bleach your hair. Now there’s another possible function for this over-the-counter colorless liquid: your body might be using ...More
    June 3, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Looking for New Antibiotics
    As the best drugs become increasingly resistant to superbugs, McMasterUniversity researchers have discovered a completely different way of looking for a new antibiotic.In a paper to be published published on May 29 in the journal Chemistry and Biology, with colleagues in ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News
  • Biochemical Signals Help Immune Cells Remember How to Fight Infection
    Immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered how two biochemical signals play unique roles in promoting the development of a group of immune cells employed as tactical assassins. In their initial response, these immune cells, known as cytotoxic T ...More
    May 28, 2009 Posted in News