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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

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

Host Genetics Played a Role in Vaccine Efficacy in the RV144 HIV Vaccine Trial

July 15, 2015 — Host genetics played a role in protection against HIV infection in the landmark RV144 vaccine trial conducted in Thailand, research ... read more

July 15, 2015 — Immunologists have identified a distinct set of long-lived antibody-producing cells in the human bone marrow that function as an immune ... read more

Magnetic Nanoparticles Could Be Key to Effective Immunotherapy

July 15, 2015 — In recent years, researchers have hotly pursued immunotherapy, a promising form of treatment that relies on harnessing and training the body's own immune system to better fight cancer and ... read more

Why Does PTSD Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

July 15, 2015 — A new review article finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) leads to overactive nerve activity, dysfunctional immune response and activation of the hormone system that controls blood ... read more

Scientific Curiosity and Preparedness for Emerging Pathogen Outbreaks

July 14, 2015 — An essay reflects on a career path that started with the study of a somewhat obscure mouse virus mice and ended up at the frontline of the SARS and MERS coronavirus ... read more

Anti-Stress Hormone May Provide Indication of Breast Cancer Risk

July 14, 2015 — A new study shows that women with low levels of an anti-stress hormone have an increased risk of getting breast cancer. The study is the first of its kind on humans and confirms previous similar ... read more

Aerosolized Vaccine Protects Primates Against Ebola

July 13, 2015 — Scientists have developed an inhalable vaccine that protects primates against ... read more

Cancer Discovery Links Experimental Vaccine and Biological Treatment

July 13, 2015 — A new study has linked two seemingly unrelated cancer treatments that are both now being tested in clinical trials. One treatment is a vaccine that targets a structure on the outside of cancer cells, ... read more

Skin Cancer Marker Plays Critical Role in Tumor Growth

July 13, 2015 — The protein keratin 17 -- the presence of which is used in the lab to detect and stage various types of cancers -- is not just a biomarker for the disease, but may play a critical role in tumor ... read more

July 13, 2015 — Immune cells that creep across blood vessels trigger potentially fatal bleeding in platelet-deficient mice, according to a new report. If the same is true in humans, blocking the passage of these ... read more

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