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Immune System News
February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

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

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

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 — 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

Pilot Study Shows Stable Insulin Production in Type 1 Diabetes

Feb. 16, 2017 — A small pilot study, in which researchers attempted to slow attacks mounted by the immune system on insulin-producing cells in type 1 diabetes, has given promising results, report ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Eating carbohydrates during intense exercise helps to minimize exercise-induced immune disturbances and can aid the body's recovery, research has ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — New clues to the link between Nodding syndrome, a devastating form of pediatric epilepsy found in specific areas of east Africa, and a parasitic worm that can cause river blindness have now been ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A combination of drugs known as SMAC Mimetics and immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) amplifies kill rates of cancer tumor cells in laboratory ... read more

Success of New Protein-Making Therapy for Hemophilia, More

Feb. 15, 2017 — Success of new protein-making therapy for hemophilia opens door for treating many other ... read more

Only a Limited HIV Subset Moves from Mother to Child, Study Shows

Feb. 15, 2017 — In the transmission of HIV-1 from mother to child only a subset of a mother’s viruses infects their infants either in utero or via breastfeeding, and the viruses that are transmitted depend on ... read more

Researchers Identify New Process to Raise Natural Armies of Cancer-Targeting T Lymphocytes

Feb. 14, 2017 — A new culture method has been discovered that unlocks the natural fighter function of immune T cells when they are passing through the bloodstream. This allows T cell armies to be raised directly ... read more

Researchers Identify Phosphorylation Process Vital to Cancer Growth

Feb. 14, 2017 — Scientists have identified a new mechanism that impacts tumor growth. The typical lack of oxygen in tumors doesn't only stimulate proliferation, but also offsets the important role of the ... read more

Immune Cell Study Prompts Rethink on How to Tackle Infections

Feb. 14, 2017 — Fresh insights into how immune cells are regulated could signal a new approach to tackling infections. Scientists say the findings pave the way for new therapies that target the immune response to ... read more

Scientists Devise Novel Way to Predict Efficacy of Malaria Vaccines

Feb. 13, 2017 — Researchers have identified gene expression signatures in the blood of RTS,S-vaccinated volunteers, which predict the likelihood of infection after exposure to parasite-carrying ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — Approximately 98 percent of all adults are infected with the Epstein-Barr virus. In rare cases, an infection with this virus causes cancer. Scientists have now discovered that a component of the ... read more

How Solid Tumors Resist Immunotherapy

Feb. 13, 2017 — Immunotherapies have revolutionized cancer treatment, offering hope to those whose malignancies have stubbornly survived other existing treatments. Yet solid tumor cancers are often resistant to ... read more

Newfound Effect of Cancer Drug May Expand Its Use

Feb. 10, 2017 — A drug first designed to prevent cancer cells from multiplying has a second effect: it switches immune cells that turn down the body's attack on tumors back into the kind that amplify ... read more

Stressed out Interferons Reveal Potential Key to Alternative Lupus Treatment

Feb. 10, 2017 — New research has identified a previously unknown mechanism involved in the immune response that could provide an alternative therapy target for treating the estimated 1.5 million Americans and five ... read more

How Some Insulin-Producing Cells Survive in Type 1 Diabetes

Feb. 9, 2017 — Medical researches have identified how insulin-producing cells that are typically destroyed in type 1 diabetes can change in order to survive immune attack. The finding may lead to strategies for ... read more

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