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Immune System


  • Researchers Map How Staph Infections Alter Immune System
    Infectious disease specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have mapped the gene profiles of children with severe Staphylococcus aureus infections, providing crucial insight into how the human immune system is programmed to respond to this pathogen and opening new ...More
    July 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Leading Pathogen in Newborns Can Suppress Immune Cell Function
    Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a bacterial pathogen that causes sepsis and meningitis in newborn infants, is able to shut down immune cell function in order to promote its own survival, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and ...More
    July 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Finding the Constant in Bacterial Communication
    The Rosetta Stone of bacterial communication may have been found. Although they have no sensory organs, bacteria can get a good idea about what's going on in their neighborhood and communicate with each other, mainly by secreting and taking in chemicals from their ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Influenza Virus in 1918 and Today
    The influenza virus that wreaked worldwide havoc in 1918-1919 founded a viral dynasty that persists to this day, according to scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In an article published online yesterday by the New England ...More
    June 30, 2009 Posted in News
  • 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