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November 29, 2015

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November 29, 2015

How the Body Stops the Type 2 Innate Immune Response from Triggering Allergic Disease

Nov. 23, 2015 — Researchers have shown how the body suppresses the activation of the long-lived cells involved in the anti-parasitic type 2 innate immune response after infection, preventing the response for ... read more

Common Cause for Complications After Kidney Transplantation Identified

Nov. 23, 2015 — The BK polyomavirus often causes complications after kidney transplantation. A research group has now been able to show, that the immunosuppressive drug Tacrolimus directly activates the replication ... read more

Evolution of Severely Immunosuppressed HIV Patients Depends on the Immunologic and Virologic Response

Nov. 23, 2015 — Health authorities recommend HIV-infected patients starting treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis, regardless of the level of immunosuppression and viral load. Even in the worst scenario, if ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — A new injectable “biogel” is effective in delivering anti-cancer agents directly into cancerous tumours and killing them. This technology has already been successfully tested in the laboratory. ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Diabetes in elderly, lean animals has a different cause -- and potential treatment -- from obesity-associated type 2 diabetes, new research shows. Traditionally, diabetes has been grouped into the ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Low levels of vitamin D may limit the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults, a researcher has found. An 18-month longitudinal study was conducted in which the immune status of 398 HIV-positive ... read more

Scientists Find Surprising Trait in Anti-HIV Antibodies

Nov. 17, 2015 — Scientists have new weapons in the fight against HIV. Their new study describes four prototype antibodies that target a specific weak spot on the ... read more

Measuring Immune Cells Before Surgery May Help Predict Recovery Time, Study Finds

Nov. 17, 2015 — The behavior of a type of white blood cell can indicate how soon patients will be back on their feet after hip surgery, according to a study. The scientists plan to use the findings to develop a ... read more

Study Sheds Light on Why Parasite Makes TB Infections Worse

Nov. 16, 2015 — Scientists have shown how a parasitic worm infection common in the developing world increases susceptibility to tuberculosis. The study raises the possibility of using inexpensive and widely ... read more

New Target for Immuno-Oncology Therapies

Nov. 16, 2015 — By studying a type of immune cells, a team of researchers identified the mechanism of action for a new target for novel immune-oncology ... read more

Breakthrough in the Treatment of HIV by Successfully Developing a Prototype Vaccine Vector

Nov. 13, 2015 — Scientists have developed a prototype HIV vaccine vector using a similar approach to that used for a vaccination for Ebola and ... read more

FDA Approves Adjuvant Yervoy in Melanoma

Nov. 13, 2015 — Based on the results of EORTC trial 18071, the FDA expanded the approval of Yervoy (ipilimumab) in melanoma to include adjuvant treatment of patients with stage 3 melanoma at high risk of recurrence ... read more

Engineers Develop 'Killer Cells' to Destroy Cancer in Lymph Nodes

Nov. 13, 2015 — Biomedical engineers have developed specialized white blood cells -- dubbed 'super natural killer cells' -- that seek out cancer cells in lymph nodes with only one purpose: destroy them. ... read more

Lenalidomide Plus Rituximab Produces Durable Responses in Mantle Cell Lymphoma Patients

Nov. 12, 2015 — The drug combination rituximab plus lenalidomide has been found to be effective and produced long-term responses in patients with mantle cell lymphoma, scientists ... read more

Link Found Between Genetic Mutations, Proliferation, Immune Surveillance in Lung Cancer

Nov. 11, 2015 — There are four gene mutations (KRAS, TP53, STK11, and EGFR) that most commonly occur in lung cancer; however, there are limited effective therapies to target these mutations. With this in mind, ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Scientists have found that strength in numbers doesn't hold true for microbes in the intestines. Instead, a minority population of the right type might hold the key to regulating good ... read more

How Antibiotics May Worsen Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infections

Nov. 11, 2015 — In recent decades, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has evolved from a controllable nuisance into a serious public health concern. A preclinical study now reveals that treatment ... read more

Researchers Describe Strategies to Decrease Immune Responses in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Nov. 10, 2015 — New research helps explain the role of an immunosuppressive pathway associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a condition that develops in genetically susceptible individuals when the ... read more

IL-21 Repairs Immune Function in Primate Model of HIV Infection

Nov. 9, 2015 — A combination treatment aimed at repairing the immune system has shown encouraging effects in a nonhuman primate model of HIV infection, both during and after a course of antiretroviral drug ... read more

Self-Rated Health Predicts Immune Response to the Common Cold

Nov. 9, 2015 — It turns out that we may be the best forecasters of our own health.New research shows that a simple self-rating of health accurately predicts susceptibility to the common cold in healthy adults aged ... read more

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