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Immune System


  • A New Way to Prevent the Spread of Devastating Diseases
    For decades, researchers have tried to develop broadly effective vaccines to prevent the spread of illnesses such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. While limited progress has been made along these lines, there are still no licensed vaccinations available that can protect ...More
    September 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Insights on an Ancient Plague Could Improve Treatments for Infections
    Dangerous new pathogens such as the Ebola virus invoke scary scenarios of deadly epidemics, but even ancient scourges such as the bubonic plague are still providing researchers with new insights on how the body responds to infections. In a study published online Sept. 18, ...More
    September 18, 2014 Posted in News
  • Gut Bacteria Tire Out T Cells
    Leaky intestines may cripple bacteria-fighting immune cells in patients with a rare hereditary disease, according to a study by researchers in Lausanne, Switzerland. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine on Sept. 15, may explain why these patients ...More
    September 15, 2014 Posted in News
  • Simple Method Turns Human Skin Cells Into Infection-Fighting White Blood Cells
    For the first time, scientists have turned human skin cells into transplantable white blood cells, soldiers of the immune system that fight infections and invaders. The work, done at the Salk Institute, could let researchers create therapies that introduce into the body new ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Commensal Bacteria Help Orchestrate Immune Response in Lung
    Studies in mice demonstrate that signals from the bacteria that harmlessly—and often beneficially—inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract boost the immune system's ability to kill a major respiratory pathogen, Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a paper ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Defense Mechanism Against Viruses Discovered
    Researchers have discovered that a known quality control mechanism in human, animal and plant cells is active against viruses. They think it might represent one of the oldest defense mechanisms against viruses in evolutionary history. When it comes to defense against ...More
    September 11, 2014 Posted in News
  • Unusual Immune Cell Needed to Prevent Oral Thrush, Researchers Find
    An unusual kind of immune cell in the tongue appears to play a pivotal role in the prevention of thrush, according to the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who discovered them. The findings, published online today in the Journal of Experimental ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Team Identifies Important Regulators of Immune Cell Response
    In a collaborative study, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology have developed a more effective method to determine how immune cells called T cells differentiate into specialized ...More
    September 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • War Between Bacteria and Phages Benefits Humans
    In the battle between our immune systems and cholera bacteria, humans may have an unknown ally in bacteria-killing viruses known as phages. In a new study, researchers from Tufts University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners In Health, Haiti's National Public Health ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News
  • OTC Pain Reliever May Restore Immune Function in Old Age
    New research involving mice suggests that the key to more youthful immune function might already be in your medicine cabinet. In a report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology scientists show that macrophages from the lungs of old mice had different responses to ...More
    September 2, 2014 Posted in News