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Hair Regrowth as a Pointer to the Role of Immune System Activity in Tissue Regeneration

last monthHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

The immune system is known to play an important role in regeneration, but the details are still being uncovered. Nonetheless at some point in the near future manipulation of immune cells may prove to be a viable alternative path in regenerative...Show More Summary

Quickies: White Privilege, Love Actually, and Why You Don’t Need a “Boosted” Immune System

Categories: Quickies The Problem With Praising Famous Scientists – “Role models portrayed as superhuman don’t always motivate students—instead, they risk discouraging kids who feel they can’t live up to the lofty standards.”... (Read more...)

The Civil War Soldiers Who Glowed and the Possible Implications!

During the Battle of Shiloh in 1862, 3000 soldiers died and 16,000 were wounded. Soldiers often succumbed to the worst of deaths, bacterial. They marched on, in spite of wounds in horrible conditions and weakened immune systems, unable to fight these bacteria. Show More Summary

New technique reveals immune cell motion

Neutrophils, cells recruited by the immune system to fight infection, need to move through a great variety of tissues. New research shows how neutrophils move through confined spaces in the body. A new system can mimic tissues of different densities and stiffness, enabling improved development and testing of drugs.

Cells identified that enhance tumor growth and suppress anti-cancer immune attack

A study has identified the population of white blood cells that tumors use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. The results mark a turning point in cancer immunology and provide the foundation for developing more effective immunotherapies.

New technique reveals immune cell motion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system's all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in the cellular and biochemical composition. Show More Summary

Researchers discover protein protecting against chlorine

Chlorine is a common disinfectant that is used to kill bacteria, for example in swimming pools and drinking water supplies. Our immune system also produces chlorine, which causes proteins in bacteria to lose their natural folding. These unfolded proteins then begin to clump and lose their function. Show More Summary

Dutch barnacle geese have more active immune system than same species in the North

Bird migration is an impressive phenomenon, but why birds often travel huge distances to and from their breeding grounds in the far North is still very unclear. Suggestions include that the birds profit from longer daylight hours, or that there are fewer predators. Show More Summary

Infographic | Jason Crandell’s Yoga for Immunity

last monthFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

‘Tis the season to feel sickly, but luckily yoga can boost your immune system. Jason Crandell put together an immune boosting sequence to help eliminate winter illness. via Jason Crandell  It’s holiday season and, for me, it’s “My child is in preschool … The post Infographic | Jason Crandell’s Yoga for Immunity appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.

The Race to Create Ebola Treatments From Survivors’ Blood

Scientists waging war against Ebola are mining a cache of microscopic weapons hidden in Ebola survivors’ blood. Made by the immune system, the weapons are antibodies, small proteins that target and neutralize invading virus particles. Show More Summary

Extra vitamin E protected older mice from getting common type of pneumonia

Extra vitamin E protected older mice from a bacterial infection that commonly causes pneumonia. The study found that extra vitamin E helped regulate the mice’s immune system. The older mice were fed a diet containing extra amounts of...Show More Summary

The Personality Trait Linked To The Strongest Immune System

Outgoing or introverted? Which personality types are best at fighting off infection? Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" RelatedShow More Summary

Extra Vitamin E Protected Older Mice from Getting Common Type of Pneumonia

Extra vitamin E protected older mice from a bacterial infection that commonly causes pneumonia. The study from researchers at Tufts University found that extra vitamin E helped regulate the mice's immune system.

Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection

Occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use, an international team of researchers reports.

Researchers Identify Non-Gluten Proteins as Targets of Immune Response to Wheat in Celiac Disease

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have found that, in addition to gluten, the immune systems of patients with celiac disease react to specific types of non-gluten protein in wheat.

Non-Gluten proteins identified as targets of immune response to wheat in celiac disease

NEW YORK, NY (December 15, 2014)--Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have found that, in addition to gluten, the immune systems of patients with celiac disease react to specific types of non-gluten protein in wheat. The results were reported online in the Journal of Proteome Research. read more

Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection

Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use. The findings are published in the journal AIDS and Behavior. read more

The Drinking Mistake That's Costing You Pounds

last monthHealth / Fitness : FitSugar

You know that drinking enough water every day boosts your immune system and helps keep you looking young, but did you know it can also help in your quest to lose weight? That's because many people confuse dehydration with hunger, causing them to eat more when all their body is craving is a tall glass of water. Show More Summary

Taming the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis

Frequent kidney dialysis can cause systemic inflammation, leading to complications such as cardiovascular disease and anemia by triggering the complement cascade, part of the innate immune system. Complement is inadvertently activated by modern polymer-based dialysis blood filters. Show More Summary

Universal Health Coverage: A Smart Investment

Just as a patient with a weak immune system is more susceptible to disease, the Ebola crisis reminds us that a nation with a weak health system is more susceptible to epidemics. This lesson is on our minds not only because of the crippling...Show More Summary

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