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Immune System

  • Antibodies from Plants May Help Fight Disease
    The first head-to-head comparison of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies produced from plants versus the same antibodies produced from mammalian cells has shown that plant-produced antibodies can fight infection equally well.Scientists from Washington University School of ...More
    February 9, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Supports Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for Infants
    Vaccination against seasonal influenza is safe and produces a protective immune response in infants as young as 6 to 12 weeks, concludes a study in the February issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.Although confirmatory studies are needed, the results suggest ...More
    February 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Immune Memory Formation Seen in Early Stages of Viral Infection
    In an acute viral infection, most of the white blood cells known as T cells differentiate into cells that fight the virus and die off in the process. But a few of these "effector" T cells survive and become memory T cells, ensuring that the immune system can respond faster ...More
    January 28, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Potential New Way to Enhance Vaccines
    Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered a potential new way to stimulate the immune system to prevent or clear a viral infection. By blocking the action of a key protein in the mouse immune system, they were able to boost immune "memory" in those ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • “Good” Bacteria Keep Immune System Primed to Fight Future Infections
    Scientists have long pondered the seeming contradiction that taking broad-spectrum antibiotics over a long period of time can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections. Now researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine may have figured out why. The ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Rejuvenating the Old Immune System
    Researchers from Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany are investigating the development of novel therapies to make the old immune system young again. By comparing the immune responses of both, young and old mice, to bacterial infection they ...More
    January 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Gastric Ulcer Bacteria Turn Immune Defense Inward
    Despite a strong response from our immune defense, the body is unable to rid itself of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. One reason for this is that this bacterium encourages elements of the immune response to remain in tissue, activating the wrong immune cells. Research ...More
    January 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Eavesdropping on Bacterial Conversations May Improve Chronic Wound Healing
    Listening in on bacterial conversations could be the solution for improving chronic wound care, says a team of researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology."Bacteria, often ...More
    January 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Fatty Food Can Weaken the Immune System
    Fresh evidence that fatty food is bad for our health has come to light: mice fed a lard-based diet over a long period got worse at fighting bacteria in the blood, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy.The mice fed the lard-based diet derived 60 per cent of their ...More
    December 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Previous Seasonal Flu Infections May Provide Some Level of H1N1 Immunity
    Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology have found that previous influenza infections may provide at least some level of immunity to the H1N1 influenza. “The question we asked was, “Is the swine flu more like the seasonal flu or like a ...More
    November 17, 2009 Posted in News