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August 29, 2015

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August 29, 2015

Aug. 21, 2015 — New light has been shed on an important immune mechanism. The work shows how the body provides the important killer cells with a helper in the case of an infection. The study could point the way to ... read more

Researchers Suggest Approach to Fight Common Virus in Immunosuppressed Patients

Aug. 20, 2015 — New light has been shed on how adenovirus replicates in humans. The findings suggest that agents that enhance the Type I interferon signaling pathway could be useful to fight adenovirus infections in ... read more

Unique Genes in Khoe-San People May Lower Risk of Some Pregnancy Hazards

Aug. 20, 2015 — An unusual mutation in an immune system gene switches a receptor from one target molecule to another in Khoe-San people. It's the first known example of such a change, say researchers, and ... read more

Study Provides Hope for Some Human Stem Cell Therapies

Aug. 20, 2015 — An international team of scientists has discovered that an important class of stem cells known as human 'induced pluripotent stem cells,' or iPSCs, which are derived from an ... read more

Aug. 20, 2015 — An improved spleen-mimicking device has been developed that synergizes with conventional antibiotic therapies and that has been streamlined for near-term translation to the ... read more

Early Inflammatory Response Paralyzes T Cells

Aug. 18, 2015 — In a discovery that is likely to rewrite immunology text books, researchers have found that early exposure to inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin 2, can 'paralyze' CD4 T cells, ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — The intricate interplay between immune cells working to defeat infection has been seen and photographed for the first time. Researchers used state-of-the-art microscopy to painstakingly capture ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — One major cause of human blindness is autoimmune uveitis, which is triggered by the activation of T cells, but exactly how and where the T cells become activated in the first place has been a ... read more

Aug. 17, 2015 — For some, TOR may bring to mind a Celtic mountain or perhaps an Internet privacy group. In the world of molecular biology it's a cellular pathway that's found in everything from yeast to ... read more

New Insight Into Tumor Progression

Aug. 17, 2015 — Scientists know that activation of growth factor receptors like epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) promote tumor progression in many types of cancer. New study results provide further insight, ... read more

Epstein-Barr Virus Vaccine Elicits Potent Neutralizing Antibodies in Animals

Aug. 13, 2015 — Researchers have developed an experimental, nanoparticle-based vaccine against Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) that can induce potent neutralizing antibodies in vaccinated mice and nonhuman primates. ... read more

Large Percentage of Youth With HIV May Lack Immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella

Aug. 13, 2015 — Between one-third and one-half of individuals in the United States who were infected with HIV around the time of birth may not have sufficient immunity to ward off measles, mumps, and rubella -- even ... read more

Combining Chemotherapy With an Immune-Blocking Drug Could Stop Cancer Growing Back

Aug. 12, 2015 — Giving patients a drug that blocks part of the immune system from going into overdrive might help prevent cancer coming back in some people, according to new ... read more

Why Statins Should Be Viewed as a Double-Edged Sword

Aug. 12, 2015 — Statins have significant cardiovascular benefits, but also serious side effects. A new study finds that statin use impairs stem cell function, which helps in slowing atherosclerosis but hinders other ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — Researchers are a step closer to developing drug targets for Toxoplasmosis, after gaining insight into its unique feeding behavior. Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to chronically infect nearly ... read more

Powering Off TB: New Electron Transport Gene Is a Potential Drug Target

Aug. 12, 2015 — The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first new drug to fight tuberculosis in more than 40 years, but treatment still takes six months, 200 pills and leaves 40 percent of patients ... read more

Study Details 'Rotten Egg' Gas' Role in Autoimmune Disease

Aug. 11, 2015 — A new study has demonstrated how regulatory T cells can themselves be regulated, by an unexpected source: hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced by the body's muscle cells and one often associated ... read more

New Clues Found to Vision Loss in Macular Degeneration

Aug. 11, 2015 — Scientists have identified a pathway that leads to the formation of atypical blood vessels that can cause blindness in people with age-related macular degeneration. The research sheds light on one of ... read more

New Combination Treatment Effective Against Melanoma Skin Metastases

Aug. 11, 2015 — In findings never before seen in melanoma, a novel combination therapy was found to be highly effective at treating patients with skin metastases, new research ... read more

Traitors in Our Midst: Bacteria Use Toxins to Turn Our Own Bodies Against Us

Aug. 10, 2015 — Researchers who have revealed a highly efficient way that bacteria use toxins to interrupt the immune response say that until now, the trickery of these toxins has been underappreciated in ... read more

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