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Immune System


  • New Discovery Gives TB Vaccine a Shot in the Arm
    A new article appearing in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology may lead to improvements in the efficacy of the current tuberculosis vaccine. Specifically, a team of Italian researchers discovered a new role for type I interferon, in which it improves ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News
  • Vaccine Research Targets HIV in the Slower, Early Stage of Infection
    New research at OregonHealth & ScienceUniversity's Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute suggests vaccines that specifically target HIV in the initial stages of infection --  before it becomes a rapidly replicating, system-wide infection -- may be a successful ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • When Acute Hepatitis Develops Into Chronic Hepatitis
    Researchers at the Helmholtz Center in Braunschweig, Germany are demonstrating how the immune system reacts to a hepatitis B infection. To achieve this, Carlos A. Guzmán, head of the vaccinology and applied microbiology working group, and Robert Geffers, head of the ...More
    February 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • Good Bacteria Can be Vehicle for Oral Vaccine Against Anthrax
    Researchers at North CarolinaStateUniversity have discovered that the good bacteria found in dairy products and linked to positive health benefits in the human body might also be an effective vehicle for an oral vaccine that can provide immunity to anthrax exposure. The ...More
    February 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Chronic Infection May Add to Deaths
    Worldwide, nearly 2 million people per year die from diarrhea, the vast majority of them in poor countries in Africa and Asia. The disease accounts for 18 percent of all deaths among children — and yet is almost always preventable with proper treatment. Now, new ...More
    February 12, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Damage Includes Fluid Build-up in the Lungs
    By Emily CaldwellIn a fight against respiratory infections, the body typically produces a little fluid to help the lungs generate a productive cough. But new research suggests that the influenza virus can tip the balance toward too much fluid in the lungs, interfering with ...More
    February 10, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Brain Structure Assists in Immune Response
    For the first time, a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have imaged in real time the body’s immune response to a parasitic infection in the brain. The complete findings, published in the current issue of the journal ...More
    January 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Major Immune System Branch Has Hidden Ability to Learn
    Half of the immune system has a hidden talent, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered. They found the innate immune system, long recognized as a specialist in rapidly and aggressively combating invaders, has cells that can learn ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • How Ebola Virus Avoids the Immune System
    Scanning electron microscope image of Ebola virions (spaghetti-like filaments) on the surface of a tetherin-expressing cell (center). The other three cells seen in this image (upper right and upper and lower left) do not have the filamentous virus on their surfaces.  ...More
    January 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Research Shows How Lungs Fight Bacteria and Prevent Infection
    Actor and pancreatic cancer patient Patrick Swayze's recent hospitalization with pneumonia as a result of his compromised immune system underscores the sensitivity of the lungs: many patients die from lung complications of a disease, rather than the disease itself.Lungs are ...More
    January 23, 2009 Posted in News