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Immune System

  • Immune Factor Allows Viral Infections to Become Chronic
    Many viral diseases tend to become chronic - including infections with the HI virus. In persons affected, the immune response is not sufficient to eliminate the virus permanently. Scientists at the University of Bonn have now identified an immune factor which is partially ...More
    March 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Immune System Compound Combats Respiratory Syncytial Virus
    Babies at risk of a serious lung infection could be helped by a therapy based on the body's natural immune defenses. Scientists have found that a compound produced by the body's immune system can kill the virus that causes the disease, known as respiratory syncytial virus ...More
    March 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Influenza Viruses Can Hide From the Immune System
    Influenza is able to mask itself, so that the virus is not initially detected by our immune system. This is the result of new research from Aarhus University. The researchers behind the study hope that the discovery can be used to develop better treatment against influenza ...More
    February 23, 2016 Posted in News
  • The Human Immune System is Shaped by Family and Household
    Raising a child together has a greater effect on your immune system than the seasonal flu vaccine or travelers' gastroenteritis, a study by researchers at VIB and KU Leuven in Belgium and the Babraham Institute in the UK has found. The research took a detailed look at the ...More
    February 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • Physics Plays Key Role in How White Blood Cells Fight Infection
    Simple physics may play a larger role than previously thought in helping control key bodily processes – such as how the body fights infection. Using a model blood vessel system built on a polymer microchip, researchers have shown that the relative softness of white ...More
    February 11, 2016 Posted in News
  • Molecular Switch Lets Salmonella Fight or Evade Immune System
    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered a molecular regulator that allows salmonella bacteria to switch from actively causing disease to lurking in a chronic but asymptomatic state called a biofilm. Their findings are published in the online ...More
    February 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals How Herpes Virus Tricks the Immune System
    With more than half the U.S. population infected, most people are familiar with the pesky cold sore outbreaks caused by the herpes virus. The virus outsmarts the immune system by interfering with the process that normally allows immune cells to recognize and destroy foreign ...More
    February 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Adenosine Deaminase May Help the Immune System Fight HIV on Its Own
    New research findings published in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, suggest that a new therapeutic strategy for HIV may already be available by repurposing an existing prescription drug. The drug, an enzyme called adenosine deaminase, or ADA, ...More
    February 2, 2016 Posted in News
  • Drug That Could Aid in Vaccine Development Activates Innate Immune System in a Novel Way
    A new drug with the potential to aid in vaccine development has been identified by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. ...More
    February 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Zinc Supplement Boosts Immunity in Older Adults
    The immune system weakens as the body ages, making older adults more susceptible to infections. Low levels of zinc impair immunity, particularly in older adults. A research team set out to determine if it was feasible to increase serum zinc concentrations in older adults in ...More
    January 27, 2016 Posted in News