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Health News - Immune System

Experimental drug 'successfully treated doctor who contracted Ebola'
A drug currently being tested against vascular leakage successfully treated a doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, according to a new report published in The Lancet. (Medical News Today)

Developments in oral immunization delivery viewed as potential weapon to combat global health threats
Scientists at The Forsyth Institute and Tufts University have succeeded in describing and validating a unique system of oral vaccine delivery using a common bacteria found in the mouth. (Medical News Today)

Protein implicated in allergic reactions to medications
Reachers have discovered a single protein that could be to blame for allergic reactions to certain meds; their findings could lessen drug side effects for many patients. (Medical News Today)

In mouse model, immune cells in brain respond to fat in diet, increasing hunger
Immune cells perform a previously unsuspected role in the brain that may contribute to obesity, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. (Medical News Today)

Kidney dialysis: taming the inflammatory response
Frequent kidney dialysis is essential for the approximately 350,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States. (Medical News Today)

Universal dengue vaccine steps closer with antibodies discovery
In a move toward a universal dengue vaccine, researchers report finding a class of antibodies that can neutralize all four types of virus produced from human or mosquito cells. (Medical News Today)

Study highlights importance of nutritional immunity in fighting infectious disease
Examination of DNA from 21 primate species - from squirrel monkeys to humans - exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the host's bloodstream. (Medical News Today)

Shape of antibody makes a difference in fighting cancer
Scientists have found that the precise shape of an antibody can make a big difference in cancer immunotherapy - treatments that help the immune system target and kill cancer cells. (Medical News Today)

Genes expressed during urinary tract infections suggest next-generation treatment
Urinary tract infections can occur with no apparent cause, and as effectiveness of antibiotics fades, treating them is also becoming less predictable. (Medical News Today)

Immune function marker does not predict benefit of trastuzumab in HER-2+ breast cancer
A marker of immune function that predicts for better outcomes in patients treated with chemotherapy for triple negative breast cancer is also linked to improved prognosis in patients treated with... (Medical News Today)

Early trial of new drug shows promise for patients with triple-negative breast cancer
In patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer--a disease with no approved targeted therapies--infusion of pembrolizumab produced durable responses in almost one out of five patients... (Medical News Today)

Extraversion, conscientiousness linked to immune system function
People who are extraverts may benefit from a stronger immune system, while conscientious people may have a weaker one, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Flu shots for school kids fights flu in others too
Mathematical models predicted it, and now a University of Florida study confirms it: Immunizing school-aged children from flu can protect other segments of the population, as well. (Medical News Today)

Gene test for ankylosing spondylitis steps closer
A gene test for individuals predisposed to ankylosing spondylitis steps closer, as researchers tie the rheumatic disease to particular variations of the immune system enzyme ERAP1. (Medical News Today)

Drug developed at Pitt proves effective against antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'
A treatment pioneered at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) is far more effective than traditional antibiotics at inhibiting the growth of drug-resistant bacteria... (Medical News Today)

Specific gene variant may influence effectiveness of flu vaccine, study finds
In a new study, researchers from Switzerland find that a variant in the IL-28B gene may influence how the immune system responds to the annual flu vaccine. (Medical News Today)

Getting antibodies into shape to fight cancer
Scientists at the University of Southampton have found that the precise shape of an antibody makes a big difference to how it can stimulate the body's immune system to fight cancer, paving the way... (Medical News Today)

Brain study shows inflammation is a marker of autism
Using the largest data set for a study on gene expression and autism, researchers found the brains of people with autism have inflammation response genes perpetually turned on. (Medical News Today)

Immunotherapy shows clinical benefit in nearly half of blood cancer patients who had relapsed following allogeneic stem cell transplantation
A multicenter phase 1 trial of the immune checkpoint blocker ipilimumab found clinical benefit in nearly half of blood cancer patients who had relapsed following allogeneic stem cell transplantation... (Medical News Today)

Novel NDV-3 vaccine protects against antibiotic resistant skin infections
In the U.S. and around the globe, skin and soft tissue infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) continue to endanger the health and lives of patients and otherwise... (Medical News Today)

Immunity to many types of flu viruses boosted by seasonal flu vaccines
Seasonal flu vaccines may protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the... (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's vaccine tested on first patients
A novel Parkinson's vaccine will now be tested in a clinical Phase I trial in Austria by an EU-funded consortium. (Medical News Today)

Test assesses whether immune system is holding cancer in check
Scientists have developed a new high-tech system for measuring the body's immune response to cancer - as a way of assessing how rapidly the disease is likely to progress. (Medical News Today)

New signaling role for key protein may contribute to wound healing, tumor growth
A key protein may represent a new way to use the immune system to speed healing and counter inflammatory, infectious and autoimmune diseases, according to study led by researchers at the Icahn School... (Medical News Today)

Promising results from stem cell transplant without radiation or chemotherapy
Researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center report promising outcomes from a clinical trial with patients with a rare form of bone marrow failure who received a... (Medical News Today)

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