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May 30, 2015

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May 30, 2015

May 22, 2015 — Researchers have shown that they can use a microfluidic cell-squeezing device to introduce specific antigens inside the immune system’s B cells, providing a new approach to developing and ... read more

Epstein-Barr Virus Co-Infection May Boost Malaria Mortality in Childhood

May 21, 2015 — Malaria researchers are calling attention to a trouble-maker whose effects may be underappreciated: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Their experiments with mice show that co-infection with a virus closely ... read more

May 21, 2015 — It is known that infections with certain viruses can weaken the immune response to another pathogen. A new study reports provocative findings in mice that infection with the mouse equivalent of ... read more

Bacterial Communities of Female Genital Tract Have Impact on Inflammation, HIV Risk

May 19, 2015 — The most common bacterial community in the genital tract among healthy South African women not only is significantly different from that of women in developed countries but also leads to elevated ... read more

Why You Need One Vaccine for Measles and Many for the Flu

May 21, 2015 — While the influenza virus mutates constantly and requires a yearly shot that offers a certain percentage of protection, old reliable measles needs only a two-dose vaccine during childhood for ... read more

Compound Has Potential for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 21, 2015 — A new study outlines a chemical compound with potential for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 1.3 million people in the ... read more

Dental Researchers Find Some Immune Cells Change to Prolong Inflammation

May 21, 2015 — One of the mysteries of how a small group of immune cells work has been unraveled by researchers: some inflammation-fighting immune cells may actually convert into cells that trigger ... read more

Novel Insights in MET-Proto-Oncogene Might Lead to Optimizing Cancer Treatment

May 18, 2015 — The MET-proto-oncogene is involved in the pathogenesis of several tumors and therefore represents an interesting target for future therapies currently tested in dozens of clinical trials. Researchers ... read more

May 21, 2015 — Scientists and clinicians have carried out the first detailed study of how our intestinal tract changes as we age, and how this determines our overall ... read more

Adults Harbor Lots of Risky Autoreactive Immune Cells

May 19, 2015 — Contradicting a long-held belief that self-reactive immune cells are weeded out early in life in an organ called the thymus, a new study has revealed that vast numbers of these cells remain in ... read more

Injected Immune Cells Safe in Multiple Myeloma Patients, Pilot Study Finds

May 20, 2015 — In a report on what is believed to be the first small clinical trial of its kind, researchers say they have safely used immune cells grown from patients’ own bone marrow to treat multiple myeloma, ... read more

Scientists Reveal Potential New Drug Target for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 20, 2015 — A novel drug target for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has been identified, which focuses on the cells that are directly responsible for the cartilage damage in affected joints. Rheumatoid ... read more

Surgery Followed by Ipilimumab Treatment in Melanoma Patients Improves Survival, Say Researchers

May 20, 2015 — A study has demonstrated that a drug called ipilimumab improves the relapse-free survival of advanced stage melanoma patients rendered free of disease surgically but at high risk for relapse. ... read more

Discovery of a Treatment to Block the Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

May 20, 2015 — A drug that could halt the progression of multiple sclerosis may soon be developed thanks to a new ... read more

New Form of Interleukin-2 Could Be Fine-Tuned to Fight Disease

May 19, 2015 — Scientists are reporting development of a new way to modify interleukin-2 (IL-2), a substance known as a cytokine that plays key roles in regulating immune system responses, in order to fine-tune its ... read more

Multiple Sclerosis: Scientists Identify Cause of Movement, Balance Problems

May 19, 2015 — New research into the causes of the excessive inflammation that drives multiple sclerosis has identified a faulty 'brake' within immune cells, a brake that should be controlling the ... read more

'Redesigned' Antibodies May Control HIV

May 19, 2015 — With the help of a computer program called “Rosetta,” researchers have “redesigned” an antibody that has increased potency and can neutralize more strains of the AIDS-causing human ... read more

How the Immune System Controls the Human Biological Clock in Times of Infection

May 18, 2015 — An important link between the human body clock and the immune system has relevance for better understanding inflammatory and infectious diseases. Researchers report how a critical white blood cell ... read more

How Early Childhood Vaccination Reduces Leukemia Risk

May 18, 2015 — A team of researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer. The Haemophilus influenzae Type b ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often susceptible to ... read more

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