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August 2, 2015

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August 2, 2015

Too Much Love: Male Animals More Sickly Than Females

July 29, 2015 — Male animals are the sickliest gender. According to a study, males use their energy in the competition to reproduce, so their immune system weakens allowing infectious diseases and their early ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Immune cells that hang around after parasitic skin infection help ward off secondary attack. These skin squatters may prove to be the key to successful anti-parasite ... read more

Diabetes TB Link Found in Australia

July 27, 2015 — Despite massive improvements in sanitation and antibiotic coverage over the last century, TB still remains the leading bacterial cause of death worldwide. A 20-year study has now found a strong link ... read more

New Method to Halt the Advance of Liver Cancer

July 23, 2015 — Drugs targeting the lymphotoxin-beta receptor may improve liver cancer treatment, a new study suggests. The findings could provide new treatment strategies for the disease, which is the third leading ... read more

July 23, 2015 — A common medication used to treat glaucoma could also be used to treat tuberculosis, even the drug-resistant kind, a new study suggests. It's estimated that 2 billion people, globally, carry the ... read more

Promising Treatment for Devastating Genetic Disorder Found

July 23, 2015 — A multi-institutional team of researchers has identified an apparently successful treatment for a genetic immune disorder that causes a multitude of health problems -- ranging from infections, ... read more

Why West Nile Virus Is More Dangerous in the Elderly

July 23, 2015 — West Nile virus (WNV) is particularly dangerous in older people, who account for a large number of severe cases and deaths caused by the virus. WNV infection turns serious when the virus crosses the ... read more

Genetically Distinct Cells Reveal Nature's Strategy for Avoiding Pregnancy Complications

July 23, 2015 — Researchers add a new twist to the more than century old biological principles of Mendelian inheritance -- describing a small group of cells in pregnant mothers that promote genetic fitness and ... read more

July 23, 2015 — There’s no time to lose when an emergency doctor diagnoses "Shock lung!" at the accident scene. What physicians know as “acute lung injury” (ALI) otherwise leads to death by ... read more

HIV Susceptibility Linked to Little-Understood Immune Cell Class

July 22, 2015 — High diversity among certain cells that help fight viruses and tumors is strongly associated with the likelihood of subsequent infection by HIV, researchers have ... read more

Adjuvants Improve Immune Response to H7N9 Flu Vaccine

July 21, 2015 — In a phase 2 trial that included nearly 1,000 adults, the AS03 and MF59 adjuvants (a component that improves immune response of inactivated influenza vaccines) increased the immune responses to two ... read more

Alefacept Preserves Beta Cell Function in Some New-Onset Type 1 Diabetes Patients out to Two Years

July 20, 2015 — Individuals with new-onset type 1 diabetes who took two courses of alefacept (Amevive®, Astellas Pharma Inc.) soon after diagnosis show preserved beta cell function after two years compared to those ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Some bacteria and viruses take advantage of the way our immune system works to infect us. Researchers now describe some of the trickery used by ... read more

Gene Expression, Immune System Linked With Cancer Survival Rates

July 20, 2015 — Physicians have long sought a way to accurately predict cancer patients' survival outcomes by looking at biological details of the specific cancers they have. But despite concerted efforts, no ... read more

Antibiotic Exposure Could Increase the Risk of Juvenile Arthritis

July 20, 2015 — Taking antibiotics may increase the risk that a child will develop juvenile arthritis, according to a study. Researchers found that children who were prescribed antibiotics had twice the risk of ... read more

Cholesterol Metabolism in Immune Cells Linked to HIV Progression

July 17, 2015 — Lower levels of cholesterol in certain immune cells -- a result of enhanced cholesterol metabolism within those cells -- may help explain why some HIV-infected people are able to naturally control ... read more

July 17, 2015 — A study in mice may identify new ways to treat immune thrombocytopenia. Immune thrombocytopenia, or ITP, is an autoimmune disease whereby the immune system sends antibodies to attack and destroy the ... read more

July 16, 2015 — In response to an infection, the immune system refines its defensive proteins, called antibodies, to better target an invader. New research has revealed two mechanisms that favor the selection of B ... read more

July 16, 2015 — Iron regulatory proteins play an important role in the body's immune system. Proteins responsible for controlling levels of iron in the body also play an important role in combating infection, ... read more

HIV Uses Immune System's Own Tools to Suppress It

July 15, 2015 — A research team has made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body's antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its ... read more

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