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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Atherosclerosis: A Short Cut to Inflammation

Feb. 10, 2016 — The enzyme Dicer processes RNA transcripts, cutting them into short segments that regulate the synthesis of specific proteins. A research team has shown that Dicer promotes the development of ... read more

New Piece of the HIV Puzzle Uncovered

Feb. 3, 2016 — New research has revealed that a key immune system component -- innate lymphoid cells (ILC) -- is destroyed during acute HIV infection. This may play a key role in understanding the progression of ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — It is normal -- in fact necessary -- for our immune system to occasionally fly into an inflammatory rage to defend the host (us) against pathogens or even tumor cells. Problems arise when the rage ... read more

New Light Shed on Anti-Adhesive Molecule in the Vascular Endothelium

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers describe the role of endomucin, a molecule that -- under healthy circumstances -- resists the adhesion of white blood cells as they move through the circulatory system. These findings ... read more

Adenosine Deaminase May Help the Immune System Fight HIV on Its Own

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new therapeutic strategy for HIV may already be available by repurposing an existing prescription drug, new research shows. The drug, an enzyme called adenosine deaminase, or ADA, ultimately may be ... read more

Increased Risk of Bacterial Infection If Food Is Exposed to Light

Feb. 2, 2016 — Listeria bacterium found in food, which can infect people and cause temporary gastro-intestinal distress, is a serious health risk for pregnant women and for people with compromised immune systems. ... read more

Researchers Identify Way Radiation May Fight Cancer Cells Escaping Immune System

Feb. 1, 2016 — A team of researchers is fighting cancers using a combination of therapies and recently found ways that radiation could maximize responses to novel immune-based therapeutic approaches to fight ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Every year acute renal failure affects over 13 million people and leads to 1.7 million deaths across the globe. It often develops when an insufficient supply of oxygen reaches the kidneys, a ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — The immune system has built-in tolerance mechanisms that harness itself from responding to benign foreign antigens beneficial to our system, like food. When such tolerance fails, we suffer from an ... read more

Chronic Pain Changes Our Immune Systems

Jan. 28, 2016 — Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study. The findings could open new avenues to diagnosing and treating chronic pain in humans, the researchers ... read more

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Tied to Rising JC Virus Antibody Levels

Jan. 28, 2016 — People who take the drug natalizumab for multiple sclerosis may have up to a 10 times greater risk of developing a risk biomarker for activity of a virus that can lead to an often fatal brain ... read more

HIV Protein Manipulates Hundreds of Human Genes to Advance Progression Into AIDS, Study Shows

Jan. 27, 2016 — Researchers have deciphered how a small protein made by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS manipulates human genes to further its deadly agenda. It has long been known that HIV ... read more

Study Details Source of Mental Problems Associated With MS

Jan. 26, 2016 — A study sheds new light on multiple sclerosis, specifically damage in the brain caused by the disease that may explain the slow and continuous cognitive decline that many patients experience. The ... read more

E-Cigarette Vapor Boosts Superbugs and Dampens Immune System

Jan. 26, 2016 — E-cigarettes are toxic to human airway cells, suppress immune defenses and alter inflammation, while at the same time boosting bacterial virulence, new data suggest. In lab and mouse experiments, ... read more

New Model: How Asthma Develops from Exposure to House Dust Mites

Jan. 26, 2016 — A previously unknown step in the pathway that leads to asthma has been found by researchers, a discovery that may offer new therapeutic approaches to this incurable disease. Asthma affects more than ... read more

Potential to Predict Peanut Allergy Immunotherapy Outcomes

Jan. 25, 2016 — Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy induces early, distinct changes in immune T-cell populations that potentially may help researchers determine which people will respond well to the therapy and ... read more

Optogenetic Technology Uses Light to Trigger Immunotherapy

Jan. 25, 2016 — A new optogenetic technology, called optogenetic immunomodulation, is capable of turning on immune cells to attack melanoma tumors in mice. Using near-infrared light, researchers have shown they can ... read more

Most Commonly Used TB Test Fails to Accurately Diagnose Pregnant HIV+ Women

Jan. 25, 2016 — The most commonly used test for tuberculosis fails to accurately diagnose TB in up to 50 percent of pregnant women who are HIV+, new research has found. The research is believed to be the first study ... read more

Potential Therapeutic Targets Identified for Multiple Sclerosis

Jan. 25, 2016 — Treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other inflammatory diseases may benefit by new findings from a study that identified potential therapeutic targets for a devastating disease striking some 2.3 ... read more

Discovery Reveals How Protective Immune Cells Protect Themselves

Jan. 25, 2016 — The finding of how immune-system regulatory T cells maintain their integrity during their critical role in modulating the immune system could lead to new immune therapies for ... read more

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