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Immune System

  • Poorly Understood Cell Plays Role in Immunity Against the Flu
    A new understanding of a certain cell in the immune system may help guide scientists in creating better flu vaccines, report researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Immune Disease Institute at Children's Hospital Boston (PCMM/IDI). Reporting ...More
    March 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • Immune System May Offer Way to Stop Infection-Caused Inflammation
    Treating virulent influenza, sepsis and other potentially deadly infections long has focused on looking for ways to kill viruses and bacteria. But new research from the University of Utah (U of U) and Utah State University shows that modulating the body's own overeager ...More
    March 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Immune Cells That Fight Parasites May Promote Allergies and Asthma
    Millions of people in both the developing and developed world may benefit from new immune-system research findings from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The Penn Vet researchers, studying how the immune system operates, have discovered a ...More
    March 11, 2010 Posted in News
  • Viral Infections May be Contributing Factor in Onset of Gluten Intolerance
    Recent research findings indicate a possible connection between virus infections, the immune system and the onset of gluten intolerance, also known as celiac disease. A research project in the Academy of Finland's Research Program on Nutrition, Food and Health (ELVIRA) has ...More
    March 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researcher Introduces a Novel In Vitro Model for Light-Induced Wound Healing
    Today, during the 39th annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research, convening in Washington, D.C., lead researcher C. Millan of the U.S. Army Dental Corps in Martinez, Ga., will present a poster of a study titled, "A Novel In Vitro Model for Light-Induced ...More
    March 4, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Soluble Fiber Boosts Immune System
    A new University of Illinois study touts the benefits of soluble fiber—found in oats, apples and nuts, for starters—saying that it reduces the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthens the immune system."Soluble fiber changes the ...More
    March 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Social Stress May Enhance the Immune Response to Influenza Virus
    A new study using mice suggests that a repeated stressful situation that triggers the animals’ natural “fight-or-flight” response may actually enhance their ability to fight disease when re-exposed to the same pathogen. The study showed that the stressed ...More
    March 2, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Shows How Strep Throat Germ Circumvents the Immune System
    Investigators at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston examined for the first time the long-term response to strep throat on a genome-wide level, shedding light on how group A streptococcus interacts with the patient’s immune system and attempts to ...More
    February 22, 2010 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover How Protein Trips Up Bacteria
    If bad bacteria lurk in your system, chances are they will bump into the immune system’s protective cells whose job is gobbling germs. The catch is that these do-gooders, known as macrophages, ingest and destroy only those infectious invaders that they can securely ...More
    February 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Protein Found to be Key in Protecting the Gut from Infection
    A signaling protein that is key in orchestrating the body’s overall immune response has an important localized role in fighting bacterial infection and inflammation in the intestinal tract, according to a study by UC San Diego School of Medicine investigators, ...More
    February 17, 2010 Posted in News