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Immune System

  • New Research Explains Why a Common Bacterium Can Produce Severe Illness
    As much as we try to avoid it, ­we are constantly sharing germs with those around us. But even when two people have the same infection, the resulting illnesses can be dramatically different -- mild for one person, severe or even life-threatening for the other. Now, new ...More
    Yesterday Posted in News
  • Understanding How HIV Evades the Immune System
    Researchers from Monash University in Australia and Cardiff University in the UK have come a step further in understanding how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) evades the immune system. ...More
    3 days ago Posted in News
  • Scientists Monitor Crosstalk Between Intestinal Microbes and Immune System
    The human gut is home to some 100 trillion bacteria, comprising between 250 and 500 species. This astounding array of organisms, collectively known as the gut microbiome, is a powerful regulator of disease and health and has been implicated in conditions ranging from ...More
    1 week ago Posted in News
  • Baby's Sex Plays a Role in Pregnant Women's Immunity
    Women have claimed for years that their bodies react differently whether they're pregnant with a male or female baby. Some studies suggest that a baby's sex could play a role in why some women report differences with morning sickness, cravings and other symptoms based on ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Immune Cell Study Prompts Scientists to Rethink How to Tackle Infections
    Fresh insights into how immune cells are regulated could signal a new approach to tackling infections. Researchers have found that oxygen levels in the body can profoundly change the way immune cells behave. Scientists say the findings pave the way for new therapies that ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Infection Defense: Call for Support by Killer Cells
    A few days after a viral infection, countless killer cells swarm out to track down and kill infected body cells. In this way, they are highly effective at preventing pathogens from being able to spread further. An international research team has now explained an important ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • White Blood Cells Push Their Way Through Barriers to Get to Infection Sites
    One of the mysteries of the living body is the movement of cells – not just in the blood, but through cellular and other barriers. New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science has shed light on the subject, especially on the movement of immune cells that race to ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Chronic Sleep Deprivation Suppresses Immune System
    Many people report getting sick when they don't get enough sleep. A new study helps explain why. Researchers took blood samples from 11 pairs of identical twins with different sleep patterns and discovered that the twin with shorter sleep duration had a depressed immune ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Critical Antiviral Role of Biological Molecule
    Scientists have discovered that a biological molecule important in cell growth (STAT3) is also critical in protecting us against infection - so much so that we would be unable to fight the common flu virus without it. Their discovery could pave the way to the development of ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Biophysics Plays Key Role in Immune System Signaling and Response
    How big you are may be as important as what you look like, at least to immune system cells watching for dangerous bacteria and viruses. The size of pathogenic particles and the density of the molecular information stored on them provides additional danger signals to the ...More
    January 19, 2017 Posted in News
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