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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

New Study Provides Key Insights Into Aspirin's Disease-Fighting Abilities

Oct. 9, 2015 — A new explanation has been found for how aspirin works in the body to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Aspirin's active form, salicylic acid, blocks a protein called HMGB1, ... read more

Blood Cancers: Half-Matched Donor Bone Marrow Transplant May Be as Good as Full Match

Oct. 7, 2015 — When it comes to treating blood cancers like leukemia and lymphomas, new research shows that a half-matched donor bone marrow transplant may be just as good as a full match, in the first apples to ... read more

Oct. 7, 2015 — Immunobiologists have discovered Kidins220/ARMS in B cells, and demonstrate its functions. B lymphocytes, also known as B cells, are the only cells to produce antibodies, which the immune system ... read more

Scientists Identify How Normally Protective Immune Responses Kill Neurons

Oct. 6, 2015 — Scientists have discovered why certain immune responses, which typically help cells recognize and fight viral and bacterial infections, can sometimes be harmful to the brain. Many brain disorders ... read more

Sugar Governs How Antibodies Work in the Immune System

Oct. 6, 2015 — Antibodies protect the body against diseases – but can also harm their own organism if the reactions are misdirected. Researchers have now discovered that a particular sugar in the antibodies ... read more

Turning T Cell Immunology on Its Head

Oct. 6, 2015 — New research challenges the assumption that the receptors on the T cells must bind to MHC in a specific orientation in order to trigger a signal to the immune system is not ... read more

Newfound Gene Linked to Amyloid Beta Plaque Buildup in Alzheimer's Disease

Oct. 5, 2015 — A multi-institutional team of scientists has discovered an immune system gene associated with higher rates of amyloid plaque buildup in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and older adults at ... read more

Researchers Discover Role of Microglia During Early Progression of Alzheimer's Disease

Oct. 5, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have determined how toxic tau fibrils spread by the help of brain immune cells called microglia during the early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The discovery ... read more

Type 1 Diabetes Prevention: Insulin Vaccine Undergoes Second Trial

Oct. 5, 2015 — A vaccination against type 1 diabetes may soon be available to young children: the Pre-POINTearly vaccination study will involve children between the ages of six months and two years from across ... read more

FDA Approves Game-Changing Immunotherapy Drug to Fight Lung Cancer

Oct. 2, 2015 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the breakthrough drug Keytruda to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadliest of all cancers is ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — When a pathogen invades the body, specific cells in the human immune system are ready to take immediate action in order to destroy it. The molecular characteristics of these killer cells were unknown ... read more

Rescuing Intestinal Stem Cells from Attack in Type 1 Diabetes

Oct. 1, 2015 — The cause of diabetic enteropathy has been discovered by researchers, along with a possible prevention and treatment strategy. The study demonstrates how diabetes can destroy the stem cells that ... read more

Antibody Treatment Efficacious in Psoriasis

Oct. 1, 2015 — An experimental, biologic treatment, brodalumab, achieved 100 percent reduction in psoriasis symptoms in twice as many patients as a second, commonly used treatment, according to the results of a ... read more

The Flaws of HIV

Oct. 1, 2015 — Though research carried out over the past 30 years has helped to understand most of HIV virus biology, its infectious process still contains grey areas. One of these has to do with the exact role ... read more

DNA-Based Vaccine Clears Nearly Half of Precancerous Cervical Lesions in Clinical Trial

Sep. 30, 2015 — Using a novel synthetic platform for creating vaccines a team of researchers has successfully eradicated precancerous cervical lesions in nearly half of the women who received an investigational ... read more

Disruption of Brain-Blood Barrier Might Influence Progression of Alzheimer’s

Sep. 29, 2015 — More and more data from preclinical and clinical studies strengthen the hypothesis that immune system-mediated actions contribute to and drive pathogenesis in Alzheimer’s disease. New insights ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — A unique molecule is able to bind HIV-infected cells to the immune system’s killer T cells. It could become a key part of a shock-and-kill strategy being developed in the hope of one day clearing ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Disease-causing microorganisms hide in protective bubbles on the cell surface called vacuoles, making it difficult for the immune system to recognize and destroy them without causing harm to the rest ... read more

Flu Infection Reveals Many Paths to Immune Response

Sep. 28, 2015 — A new study of influenza infection in an animal model broadens understanding of how the immune system responds to flu virus, showing that the process is more dynamic than usually described, engaging ... read more

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

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