Immune System

  • Animal Study Identifies New DNA Weapon Against Avian Flu
    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have identified a potential new way to vaccinate against avian flu. By delivering vaccine via DNA constructed to build antigens against flu, along with a minute electric pulse, researchers have immunized ...More
    July 2, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover How Measles Virus Spreads in its Host
    Measles, one of the most common contagious diseases, has been thought to enter the body through the surface of airways and lungs, like many other major viruses. Now, Mayo Clinic researchers and their collaborators say that’s not the case, and some medical texts will ...More
    June 23, 2008 Posted in News
  • How Montezuma Gets His Revenge
    Every year, about 500 million people worldwide are infected with the parasite that causes dysentery, a global medical burden that among infectious diseases is second only to malaria. In a new study appearing in the June 15 issue of Genes and Development, Johns Hopkins ...More
    June 16, 2008 Posted in News
  • World Leaders Call for Action to Reduce TB Deaths Among HIV-Positive People
    NEW YORK CITY -- For the first time ever, heads of governments, public health and business leaders, heads of United Nations (UN) agencies and activists came together at UN headquarters today to confront a threat to global health that could undermine investments in ...More
    June 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • TB Treatment for Elderly Likely Requires an Immune Response Boost
    Manipulating the immune system in elderly people appears to be the most likely way to help older patients wage an effective battle against tuberculosis, a new study suggests.Mathematical modeling of how mice respond to TB infection suggests that potential therapy options ...More
    June 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • Tool Creates Personalized Catch-Up Vaccine Schedules
    Georgia Tech associate professor Pinar Keskinocak, graduate student Faramroze Engineer and Larry Pickering, executive secretary of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC (left to right) display the childhood vaccination catch-up scheduler.  Georgia ...More
    May 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Get Inside a Long-suspected HIV Hideout in Humans
    Scientists have broken inside a cell long suspected of harboring HIV during drug treatment and determined it is indeed a reservoir of the virus in humans, where it remains highly infectious.Researchers at Brigham Young University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have ...More
    May 15, 2008 Posted in News
  • Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Tuberculosis
    Patients with active tuberculosis are more likely to be vitamin D deficient than the rest of the population. New research, presented at the annual Society for Endocrinology meeting, shows that the majority of patients with tuberculosis (TB) have low levels of vitamin D, ...More
    April 10, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Technique Will Speed the Development of Vaccines
    A team of Washington State University scientists has devised a method that could lead to the development of vaccines against some of the most troubling infectious diseases we face—diseases that have so far been difficult or impossible to vaccinate against. The new method ...More
    March 25, 2008 Posted in News
  • UC Davis Researchers Discover How HIV Turns Food Poisoning into Lethal Infection
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Nearly half of all HIV-positive African adults who become infected with Salmonella die from what otherwise would be a seven-day bout of diarrhea. Now, UC Davis School of Medicine scientists have discovered how salmonella becomes lethal for AIDS ...More
    March 24, 2008 Posted in News