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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Connecting Alzheimer's Disease, Immune System

Sep. 28, 2015 — Researchers investigate how genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease may influence a key type of immune cell. Their results lay the groundwork for designing better therapeutic strategies and ... read more

Immunotherapy Superior to Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer in International Trial

Sep. 28, 2015 — "Game-changing results” have been announced by a team of scientists using the immunotherapy drug nivolumab to treat certain lung cancers that failed to respond to first-line ... read more

Workplace Exposure to Metalworking Fluid May Cause Irreversible Lung Disease

Sep. 28, 2015 — Occupational exposure to fluid commonly used in metal machining operations may be related to a rare, irreversible lung disease, according to new ... read more

Survival Advantage With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor for Advanced Kidney Cancer Patients

Sep. 26, 2015 — For the first time, an immune checkpoint inhibitor has been proven to increase survival among patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma, a patient population for whom treatment options are ... read more

Tick Spit Protein May Trigger Allergic Reactions

Sep. 25, 2015 — Ticks have had millions of years to figure out how to bite without triggering their victims' immune response. Proteins in the arachnids' spit evolved to manipulate immune cells so that the ... read more

Tumor Necrosis Factor in Colitis: Bad Actor or Hero?

Sep. 25, 2015 — A common therapeutic target for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may actually protect against intestinal inflammation by inhibiting pathogenic T-cells, investigators ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Viral persistence and chronic inflammation are two key features of HIV-positive patients on antiretroviral therapy. A new study reports results from macaques and humans that suggest an important role ... read more

'Remote Control' of Immune Cells Opens Door to Safer, More Precise Cancer Therapies

Sep. 24, 2015 — A molecular "on switch" that allows tight control over the actions of T cells, immune system cells that have shown great potential as therapies for cancer, has been developed by a group of ... read more

Inflammatory Response May Fan the Flame of Dietary Fats' Role in Obesity-Related Diseases

Sep. 24, 2015 — A new study finds that an enhanced inflammatory response could be the key link between high saturated fat intake -- a recognized risk factor for obesity-related disorders -- and the development of ... read more

Promising Drugs Turn Immune System on Cancer

Sep. 24, 2015 — A class of experimental drug treatments already in clinical trials could also help the body’s immune system to fight cancer, according to a ... read more

'Immune Camouflage' May Explain H7N9 Influenza Vaccine Failure

Sep. 24, 2015 — The avian influenza A (H7N9) virus has been a major concern since the first outbreak in China in 2013. Due to its high rate of lethality and pandemic potential, H7N9 vaccine development has become a ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Diagnosis of celiac disease requires a tissue sample from the small intestine, which can be extremely unpleasant. Researchers have now developed a blood test which provides a rapid, painless ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Researchers reveal possible new treatment methods for a rare, usually fatal brain disease. Thanks to their discovery that specific antibodies play a key role in combating the viral infection, a ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — The implantation of medical devices is not without risks. Bacterial or fungal infections can occur and the body's strong immune response may lead to the rejection of the implant. Researchers ... read more

New Cell Type May Help Explain Why Some People Have Dangerous Food Allergies

Sep. 22, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a new cell type that appears to drive life-threatening food allergies and may help explain why some people get severe allergic reactions and others do not. They say their ... read more

Old Vaccine Trains Immune System

Sep. 22, 2015 — Not only the acquired immune system but also the innate immune system has a memory. And the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can stimulate this memory, researchers report. After a BCG vaccination, ... read more

Newly Discovered Mechanism Controls the Number of Immune Cells

Sep. 22, 2015 — The proteins CD47 and SIRP? are fundamental to establishing a correct number of immune cells, so-called B lymphocytes, according to a new ... read more

Sep. 21, 2015 — Biological engineers have developed a modular system of proteins that can detect a particular DNA sequence in a cell and then trigger a specific response, such as cell ... read more

Novel Role of Mitochondria Identified in Immune Function

Sep. 18, 2015 — A new role for an enzyme involved in cell death has been discovered by scientists. Their study shows how the enzyme, called RIPK3, relays signals between the cell’s mitochondria “powerhouses” ... read more

Romidepsin Can Reverse HIV Latency in Patients on Long-Term ART Without Compromising T-Cell Function

Sep. 17, 2015 — HIV latency depends on the activity of proteins from the human host called histone deacetylases, and previous work has shown that HDAC inhibitors can disrupt HIV latency. This study reports results ... read more

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