Immune System


  • Deadly Virus Strips Away Immune Defensive Measures
    When the alert goes out that a virus has invaded the body, cells that have yet to be attacked prepare by "armoring" themselves for combat, attaching specific antiviral molecules to many of their own proteins to help resist the invader. These antiviral molecules aren't ...More
    December 12, 2007 Posted in News
  • Immune Compound Blocks Virus' Hijacking of Antibodies
    Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that a controversial phenomenon known as antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of infection is suppressed by C1q, a bloodborne immune system compound. The link may give researchers the lead they ...More
    December 12, 2007 Posted in News
  • New Data About the Impact of the Shingles Virus on Healthy Adults
    When a vaccine to prevent shingles was approved for use in 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the vaccine for people age 60 and older who previously had chickenpox. But two issues -- the vaccine’s cost and the perception that shingles primarily affects ...More
    December 12, 2007 Posted in News
  • NIH Scientists Target Future Pandemic Strains of H5N1 Avian Influenza
    Preparing vaccines and therapeutics that target a future mutant strain of H5N1 influenza virus sounds like science fiction, but it may be possible, according to a team of scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the ...More
    August 10, 2007 Posted in News
  • Human Antibodies that Block Human and Animal SARS Viruses Identified
    An international team of investigators has identified the first human antibodies that can neutralize different strains of the virus responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The researchers used a mouse model and in vitro assays (lab tests) to ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Human Antibodies that Block Human and Animal SARS Viruses Identified
    An international team of investigators has identified the first human antibodies that can neutralize different strains of the virus responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The researchers used a mouse model and in vitro assays (lab tests) to ...More
    July 3, 2007 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • New Study Suggests Potential for a Broadly-Protective HIV Vaccine
    New research conducted at the UniformedServicesUniversity of the Health Sciences (USU) suggests that it may be possible to develop a vaccine that protects against the myriad strains of the HIV virus. HIV is extremely variable, so an effective vaccine may need to stimulate ...More
    May 30, 2007 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Human Antibodies Protect Mice from Avian Flu
    An international team of scientists, including researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, report using antibodies derived from immune cells from recent human survivors of H5N1 avian ...More
    May 29, 2007 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Prevents Prion Disease in Mice
    An oral vaccine can prevent mice from developing a brain disease similar to mad cow disease, according to research that was presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 59th annual meeting in Boston, April 28 through May 5, 2007. Prion diseases, which include scrapie, ...More
    May 7, 2007 Posted in News
  • Some Drug Resistance to Influenza B Medications
    Use of certain common antiviral drugs during a recent influenza B epidemic in Japan showed the development of viruses with partial resistance to the drugs, according to a study in the April 4 issue of JAMA. Two antiviral drugs, zanamivir and oseltamivir, which are a type of ...More
    April 4, 2007 Posted in News