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July 6, 2015

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July 6, 2015

July 3, 2015 — Scientists are one step closer to understanding how a normally harmless fungus changes to become a deadly infectious ... read more

June 30, 2015 — The cause of celiac disease has been found, researchers claim. Experts estimate that 1% of people have celiac disease. This is a partly hereditary disease that may place considerable strain on ... read more

Hope for Patients With Chronic Wounds

June 29, 2015 — Most wounds clear up by themselves, but some fail to heal and become chronic. An international team of researchers has now unveiled the important role of so-called microRNAs in regulating skin wound ... read more

Too Exhausted to Fight, Immune System May Harm the Body They Are Supposed to Protect

June 29, 2015 — An 'exhausted' army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new ... read more

June 29, 2015 — A protease only found in the thymus produces special peptides that promote positive selection of T cells that can detect non-self antigens, a process that allows immature T cells to develop to ... read more

Endogenous Proteins as Anti-Inflammatory Agents

June 26, 2015 — In autoimmune diseases and immune pathologies such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis or organ rejection, inflammatory processes take place in the body, triggered by its own immune system. New ... read more

June 25, 2015 — A study supports a surprising alternative approach to controlling asthma: targeting certain sensory nerve endings in the lungs. The researchers show that specialized sensory neurons called ... read more

New and Innovative Approach for Successful Vaccination Against Chlamydia Infections

June 25, 2015 — Chlamydiae are the most common, sexually transmitted, bacterial pathogens in the world. Every year around 100 million people contract Chlamydia infections, which are one of the main causes of female ... read more

Inflaming the Drive for Suicide: Analysis Reveals Link Between Suicide, Inflammation

June 24, 2015 — One American dies from suicide every 12.8 minutes, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. There is consensus that if we could better predict who was at risk for ... read more

Promising New Drug Combo Offers Hope for People Battling Melanoma

June 23, 2015 — Summer inspires many people to think about their vacation plans, however, it makes one medical oncologist think about melanoma. He hopes to be able to offer a new treatment for melanoma patients in ... read more

Trial Could Impact Older Myelodysplastic Syndrome Population's Access to Bone Marrow Transplants

June 23, 2015 — An America-wide clinical trial analyzes outcomes after two common treatments: bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. The results could lead to wider access to transplants, researchers ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Macrophage cells require agility to scavenge and digest dead cells and prevent an immune response to self. In lupus, the macrophages lose that agility, scientists ... read more

PrEP Data Links Anti-HIV Immune Response to Reduce Chance of Infection

June 22, 2015 — Some individuals exposed to HIV-1, but who remain uninfected, have a certain pattern of virus-specific immune responses that differentiated them from individuals who became ... read more

Obesity: Small Intestine Contributes to Chronic Inflammation

June 22, 2015 — Obesity is caused by numerous and complex factors, some of which are as yet unsuspected. Scientists have now shown that severe obesity is accompanied by inflammation of the small intestine and ... read more

Tuberculosis Bacteria Hide in Low Oxygen Niches of Bone Marrow Stem Cells

June 19, 2015 — A new study is helping to shed light on latent tuberculosis and the bacteria's ability to hide in stem cells. Some bone marrow stem cells reside in low oxygen (hypoxia) ... read more

Discovery Promises New Treatments to Thwart Colon Cancer

June 19, 2015 — Scientists have discovered how an immune system protein, called AIM2 (Absent in Melanoma 2), plays a role in determining the aggressiveness of colon cancer. They found that AIM2 deficiency causes ... read more

More Evidence for Possible Link Between Cocaine Use and HIV Infection

June 19, 2015 — New research offers further evidence that cocaine use disrupts the immune system, making people who use it more likely to become infected with ... read more

Mapping Genetic Mutations in Skin Cancer

June 18, 2015 — A study by The Cancer Genome Atlas network of researchers refined and revealed molecular sub-groups of patients with cutaneous melanoma who could potentially benefit from targeted treatments based on ... read more

Safeguarding Against Chlamydia

June 18, 2015 — Chlamydia trachomatis is a formidable foe. It's the most common sexually transmitted pathogen, infecting more than 100 million people each year. In the developing world, chlamydial infection is ... read more

Scientists Identify Progenitor Cells for Blood, Immune System

June 18, 2015 — Scientists have identified characteristics of a family of daughter cells, called MPPs, which are the first to arise from stem cells within bone marrow that generate the entire blood ... read more

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