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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Feb. 4, 2016 — Study of plaque production holds promise of helping improve treatment for Alzheimer's, say investigators. Focusing on the form of the disease found in early onset Alzheimer's, in the 2 ... read more

Tuning Macrophages a 'Breakthrough' in Cancer Immunotherapy

Feb. 4, 2016 — A research team describes 'tuning' macrophages from ones that repair wounds (and contribute to tumor growth) to ones that sterilize wounds (and contribute to the immune system's attack ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Potential new approaches to treating eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are described in a new study. Scientists discovered that a signaling protein, or cytokine, called ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Scientists have captured atomic images of the virus that causes cold sores in action. Structural details reveal that the virus inserts itself into another protein, jamming an important immune system ... 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

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new drug with the potential to aid in vaccine development has been identified by researchers. The drug appears safe, and boosts immunity in mice, say the ... 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

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