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Immune System News
March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

Could a Ketogenic Diet Alleviate Gout?

Feb. 28, 2017 — Recent work has shown that the ketone body ?-hydroxybutyrate can specifically inhibit the NLRP3 inflammasome. They found that feeding rats a high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet increased ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — Scientists have identified a new regulator of the innate immune response—the immediate, natural immune response to foreign invaders. The study suggests that therapeutics that modulate the ... read more

Novel 'Barcode' Tracking of T Cells in Immunotherapy Patients Identifies Likely Cancer-Killers

Feb. 24, 2017 — A new discovery makes an important step in identifying which specific T cells within the diverse army of a person's immune system are best suited to fight ... read more

Why a Common Bacterium Can Produce Severe Illness

Feb. 23, 2017 — How can the same infection result in dramatically different levels of illness in two different people? A new study identifies two conditions -- a genetic immunodeficiency and delayed acquired ... read more

How Blood Can Be Rejuvenated

Feb. 23, 2017 — Our blood stem cells generate around a thousand billion new blood cells every day. But the blood stem cells’ capacity to produce blood changes as we age. This leads to older people being more ... read more

Study Suggests New Therapy for Gaucher Disease

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientists propose that blocking a molecule that drives inflammation and organ damage in Gaucher, and maybe other lysosomal storage diseases, as a possible treatment with fewer risks and lower costs ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Researchers report they can alter blood cell development through the use of biomaterials designed to mimic characteristics of the bone ... read more

Asthma Drugs Could Prevent Prevent Deadly Form of Pneumonia, Research Suggests

Feb. 22, 2017 — Two drugs used to treat asthma and allergies may offer a way to prevent a form of pneumonia that can kill up to 40 percent of people who contract it, researchers at the University of Virginia School ... read more

Gut Bacteria Associated With Cancer Immunotherapy Response in Melanoma

Feb. 21, 2017 — Melanoma patients’ response to a major form of immunotherapy is associated with the diversity and makeup of trillions of potential allies and enemies found in the digestive ... read more

Using a Rabbit Virus to Treat Multiple Myeloma

Feb. 21, 2017 — Treating multiple myeloma (MM) with myxoma virus (MYXV) eliminated a majority of malignant cells in preclinical studies, report investigators. Furthermore, introduction of MYXV had no impact on the ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — A group of researchers has come to a better understanding of how long-lived, antibody-producing plasma cells are ... read more

First Breath Shapes the Lung's Immune System

Feb. 21, 2017 — With the first breath, the lungs require to develop immunological defense mechanisms while maintaining the gas exchange. The postnatal immunological development of the lungs remained largely unknown ... read more

New Type of Immunological Treatment of Cancer?

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have found an important piece of the puzzle leading towards an understanding of how our innate immune system reacts against viral infections and recognises foreign DNA, for example from ... read more

A New Way to Inhibit Inflammation

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have identified an enzyme as a kind of biological gauge regulating inflammation in the human body. Now a research team says the enzyme – Bruton’s tyrosine kinase or BTK – is ... read more

MS Treatment That 'Resets' Immune System May Halt Disease Progression for at Least 5 Years

Feb. 20, 2017 — A type of treatment for multiple sclerosis that 'resets' the immune system may stop progression of the disease in nearly half of patients. In a new study, the treatment prevented symptoms ... read more

Cytotoxic Immune Cell in Sick and Healthy Skin a Key to Understanding Vitiligo

Feb. 20, 2017 — With the aid of thousands of skin biopsies and over a hundred kilograms of skin, researchers have observed how two subgroups of immune cell behave in healthy skin. This functional dichotomy is ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — A team has found a way to identify the small population of circulating helper T cells present in the blood after an annual flu vaccine to monitor their contribution to antibody strength. A technique ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — An immune system proteinase called granzyme A appears to promote arthritic inflammation in mice infected with chikungunya virus, scientists report. The study also suggested that granzyme A could ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Scientists have discovered that a common type of cell within the human reproductive and intestinal tracts assists HIV in infecting immune cells. Understanding how these cells aid HIV could lead to ... read more

Adenoviruses and the Immune System Join Forces Against Cancer

Feb. 16, 2017 — Researchers have developed an oncolytic virus capable of redirecting the patient's immune system against their tumor cells. Their work may lead to the development of new therapeutic strategies ... read more

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