Last week, researchers announced they had discovered a physical connection between the immune system and the brain’s blood supply. The finding gives researchers a novel approach to understanding diseases ranging from autism to multiple sclerosis, and strengthens the bridge between neuroscience and immunology. Read more...
Cancer immunotherapies are agents that harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer. Unlike traditional cancer treatments that directly kill tumor cells (such as chemotherapy and radiation), immunotherapy operates through the intermediary of the immune system. Immunotherapies empower the immune system to specifically seek out and destroy cancer cells.
The author is a parent whose now adult child has suffered chronic incurable immune system disease (type 1 diabetes) that she firmly believes was triggered by early vaccination. Resolution in Response to the California Democratic Party (CADEM) "Resolution in Support...
About 1 per cent of people with HIV can suppress the virus without drugs, perhaps because a part of their immune system mounts an effective last-ditch response
We hear this all the time. Pig physiology is like people physiology. Pigs and humans have the same immune system, same digestive system, get the same diseases. Pigs are smart like people are smart. Pigs are smarter than dogs. And so on. Ask a faunal expert in archaeology or a human paleoanatomist: Pig teeth are…
At Cornell University, scientists managed to create fully synthetic immune organoids capable of generating antibodies on their own. These work very much like the immune systems of animal, but are completely external and do not depend on being part of a living, breathing body. Show More Summary
There is no necessary reason that an artificial organ has to look like or be structured in the same way as the evolved organ it is intended to replace or augment. There are good reasons to try different approaches, largely cost-effectiveness...Show More Summary
Our immune system develops antibodies to any virus that it encounters, and these antibodies are present in our blood anywhere from years to decades. Researchers from Howard Hughes Medical Institute have taken advantage of this antibody...Show More Summary
A previously unknown link between the immune system and the death of motor neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has been discovered by scientists at the CHUM Research Centre and the University of Montreal.
Researchers have discovered that signaling from cells in the gut program immune cells to fight infection before they arrive at the site.
Four students with diabetes are investigating the molecular pathways that can activate the replication of beta cells. Beta cells are insulin-producing pancreas cells that are attacked and destroyed by the immune system of those with Type 1 diabetes.
Horrible news! Cats contain parasites that may lead to mental illness! They carry toxoplasma gondii, which, in humans with weakened immune systems, can lead to all kinds of extremely dire consequences. Miscarriages! Blindness! Death! Schizophrenia! How to respond to the study’s finding that having a cat in childhood contributed to an increased risk of schizophrenia […]
An upset in the body's natural balance of gut bacteria that may lead to life-threatening bloodstream infections can be reversed by enhancing a specific immune defense response, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.
New research has revealed how immune cell 'spies' are created, providing clues on how the immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease. Dendritic cells are intelligence-gathering immune cells, gathering information on viruses, bacteria, cancer and fungi to aid the immune system in fighting disease. Show More Summary
Despite extensive mapping of the lymphatic system throughout medical history, researchers have discovered a previously unidentified connection between the brain and immune system.
Neuroscientists have uncovered a previously unknown direct connection between the brain and the immune system -- a finding that could have significant implications for the treatment of brain disorders like Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and autism. The discovery came as a surprise to Dr. Show More Summary
According to the American College of Rheumatology, more than one million Americans suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. The disease gives rise to swelling and pain by causing the immune system to malfunction and attack healthy tissue. No cure is available, though aggressive and varied drug treatments can curb its effects. Show More Summary
You are a patient who has just been treated for a serious illness but neither you nor your doctor knows how likely it is that you -- in comparison with other patients -- will actually be helped by the treatment. This is often the situation with prostate cancer, one of the deadliest and most highly prevalent cancers. Show More Summary
A research team shows how signaling by an immune system component called interleukin-6 (IL-6) appears to play an important role in driving aggressive, therapy-resistant prostate cancer.
Every time a virus gets you sick, your immune system keeps a record. This essentially becomes a kill list that lets your body recognize and readily dispatch of any virus that tries to invade again. Scientists have now created $25 test blood test that prints out this list—an easy and cheap way to find out every virus that’s ever made you sick. Read more...