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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

Compound Has Potential for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 21, 2015 — A new study outlines a chemical compound with potential for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 1.3 million people in the ... read more

Dental Researchers Find Some Immune Cells Change to Prolong Inflammation

May 21, 2015 — One of the mysteries of how a small group of immune cells work has been unraveled by researchers: some inflammation-fighting immune cells may actually convert into cells that trigger ... read more

Novel Insights in MET-Proto-Oncogene Might Lead to Optimizing Cancer Treatment

May 18, 2015 — The MET-proto-oncogene is involved in the pathogenesis of several tumors and therefore represents an interesting target for future therapies currently tested in dozens of clinical trials. Researchers ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Scientists and clinicians have carried out the first detailed study of how our intestinal tract changes as we age, and how this determines our overall ... read more

Adults Harbor Lots of Risky Autoreactive Immune Cells

May 19, 2015 — Contradicting a long-held belief that self-reactive immune cells are weeded out early in life in an organ called the thymus, a new study has revealed that vast numbers of these cells remain in ... read more

Injected Immune Cells Safe in Multiple Myeloma Patients, Pilot Study Finds

May 20, 2015 — In a report on what is believed to be the first small clinical trial of its kind, researchers say they have safely used immune cells grown from patients’ own bone marrow to treat multiple myeloma, ... read more

Scientists Reveal Potential New Drug Target for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 20, 2015 — A novel drug target for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has been identified, which focuses on the cells that are directly responsible for the cartilage damage in affected joints. Rheumatoid ... read more

Surgery Followed by Ipilimumab Treatment in Melanoma Patients Improves Survival, Say Researchers

May 20, 2015 — A study has demonstrated that a drug called ipilimumab improves the relapse-free survival of advanced stage melanoma patients rendered free of disease surgically but at high risk for relapse. ... read more

Discovery of a Treatment to Block the Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

May 20, 2015 — A drug that could halt the progression of multiple sclerosis may soon be developed thanks to a new ... read more

New Form of Interleukin-2 Could Be Fine-Tuned to Fight Disease

May 19, 2015 — Scientists are reporting development of a new way to modify interleukin-2 (IL-2), a substance known as a cytokine that plays key roles in regulating immune system responses, in order to fine-tune its ... read more

Multiple Sclerosis: Scientists Identify Cause of Movement, Balance Problems

May 19, 2015 — New research into the causes of the excessive inflammation that drives multiple sclerosis has identified a faulty 'brake' within immune cells, a brake that should be controlling the ... read more

'Redesigned' Antibodies May Control HIV

May 19, 2015 — With the help of a computer program called “Rosetta,” researchers have “redesigned” an antibody that has increased potency and can neutralize more strains of the AIDS-causing human ... read more

How the Immune System Controls the Human Biological Clock in Times of Infection

May 18, 2015 — An important link between the human body clock and the immune system has relevance for better understanding inflammatory and infectious diseases. Researchers report how a critical white blood cell ... read more

How Early Childhood Vaccination Reduces Leukemia Risk

May 18, 2015 — A team of researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer. The Haemophilus influenzae Type b ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often susceptible to ... read more

New Gene Implicated in Multiple Sclerosis Disease Activity

May 14, 2015 — A new study reports the discovery of a genetic variant that is associated with a patient's likelihood of responding to interferon-beta. The study also presents evidence that the affected gene, ... read more

Protein FGL2 May Have Potential as Therapy Target for Brain Cancer

May 13, 2015 — Blocking FGL2, a protein known to promote cancer, may offer a new strategy for treating brain cancer, according to a ... read more

Antiviral Compound May Protect Brain from Pathogens, West Nile Virus, Study Shows

May 15, 2015 — An antiviral compound may protect the brain from invading pathogens, researchers have found. Studying West Nile virus infection in mice, scientists showed that interferon-lambda tightens the ... read more

May 14, 2015 — Our two square meters of skin act as a defensive barrier against environmental pathogens but is also covered by beneficial commensal bacteria. A study explores this delicate balance and reports that ... read more

Men With Asthma Less Likely to Develop Lethal Prostate Cancer

May 13, 2015 — In what they are calling a surprising finding in a large study of men who completed questionnaires and allowed scientists to review their medical records, researchers report that men with a history ... read more

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