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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

'Fitness Landscape' Charted to Fight Hep C Virus

Nov. 30, 2015 — Borrowing from several statistical science models, an interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a novel computational approach for massively accelerating the search for a hepatitis C ... read more

Neuromyelitis Optica: Conventional Therapies Do Not Achieve the Best Results

Nov. 26, 2015 — Medical professionals have compared different treatment methods for Neuromyelitis optica, an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. It turned out that the best results were not achieved ... read more

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

Tumor-Suppressor P53 Regulates Protein That Stifles Immune Attack on Cancer

Nov. 20, 2015 — A crucial tumor-thwarting gene protects an immune attack against lung cancer by blocking the key to an off switch on T cells, the customized warriors of the immune system, a team of researchers ... read more

Research Finding Could Lead to Targeted Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Nov. 19, 2015 — A pathogen-sensing molecule plays a vital role in keeping gastrointestinal (GI) systems healthy, new research demonstrates. The findings could someday be valuable in treating conditions such as ... read more

Blood Test May Predict How Quickly Patients Recover from Surgery

Nov. 19, 2015 — A simple blood test taken before surgery may predict how quickly patients recover from their procedure, suggests a new study. The authors say that identifying a patient's immune state from blood ... read more

Key Molecular Players in Obesity-Associated Type 2 Diabetes Identified

Nov. 19, 2015 — There is strong evidence that inflammation promotes obesity-associated type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications. However, clinical trials with anti-inflammatory drugs have only been modestly ... 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

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