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Health News - Immune System

A novel therapy for sepsis?
A University of Tokyo research group has discovered that pentatraxin 3 (PTX3), a protein that helps the innate immune system target invaders such as bacteria and viruses, can reduce mortality of mice... (Medical News Today)

Thiopurine drugs may increase risk of pancreatitis
Doctors have discovered that patients with a particular genetic variation are four times more likely to develop pancreatitis if they are prescribed a widely used group of drugs. (Medical News Today)

CVID patients may benefit from immunotherapy
Leaky intestines may cripple bacteria-fighting immune cells in patients with a rare hereditary disease, according to a study by researchers in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Medical News Today)

Pitt-developed vaccine proves effective against deadly Middle East virus
A vaccine developed by an international team of scientists led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine successfully protects mice against a contagious and deadly virus spreading across... (Medical News Today)

Research sheds light on cognitive losses seen with chemotherapy, autoimmune diseases
Brain inflammation can rapidly disrupt our ability to retrieve complex memories of similar but distinct experiences, according to UC Irvine neuroscientists Jennifer Czerniawski and John Guzowski. (Medical News Today)

Cartilage contributes to arthritis
Melbourne researchers have discovered that cartilage plays an active role in the destruction and remodelling of joints seen in rheumatoid arthritis, rather than being an 'innocent bystander' as... (Medical News Today)

Humanitarian crises: advancing the science for health programming
Humanitarian crises are becoming increasingly complex and a growing threat to the health and safety of populations. (Medical News Today)

The importance of commensal bacteria to immune response in lung
Studies in mice demonstrate that signals from the bacteria that harmlessly - and often beneficially - inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract boost the immune system's ability to kill a major... (Medical News Today)

The effectiveness of inflammatory bowel disease therapy could be prolonged by proactive monitoring
Proactive monitoring and dose adjustment of infliximab, a medication commonly used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), could improve a patient's chances of having a long-term successful... (Medical News Today)

How well the flu vaccine works affected by gut microbes
Annual flu epidemics cause millions of cases of severe illness and up to half a million deaths every year around the world, despite widespread vaccination programs. (Medical News Today)

Inflammation may be the reason high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels
Inflammation may be the reason high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels, raising the possibility that anti-inflammatory medications might someday be used to lower the risk of blood vessel... (Medical News Today)

Important changes in cellular behavior that occur in rare, blistering skin disease
University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues studying a rare, blistering disease have discovered new details of how autoantibodies destroy healthy cells in skin. (Medical News Today)

Deactivating a cell protein may halt progress of rheumatoid arthritis
Activation of the cell receptor TLR5 is all it takes to trigger inflammation and bone erosion in rheumatoid arthritis, and targeting it with drugs could stop it, says new study. (Medical News Today)

In mouse model of Alzheimer's disease, targeted immune booster removes toxic proteins
Alzheimer's disease experts at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere are reporting success in specifically harnessing a mouse's immune system to attack and remove the buildup of toxic proteins in... (Medical News Today)

Our immune response to bereavement changes as we age
Young people have a more robust immune response to the loss of a loved one, according to new research from the University of Birmingham, providing insight into how different generations cope with... (Medical News Today)

The search for Ebola immune response targets
The effort to develop therapeutics and a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) requires a complex understanding of the microorganism and its relationship within the host, especially... (Medical News Today)

Investigating why asthma sufferers struggle with respiratory viruses
Study finds a key immune response to viruses is intact in asthma sufferers, suggesting the reason they struggle with respiratory viruses must lie elsewhere in the immune system. (Medical News Today)

Unusual immune cell needed to prevent oral thrush, Pitt researchers find
An unusual kind of immune cell in the tongue appears to play a pivotal role in the prevention of thrush, according to the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who... (Medical News Today)

Cell secret revealed that is potentially useful for vaccines
The best defense is a good offense, especially when it comes to the immune system. (Medical News Today)

Immune cells use two critical receptors to clear dead cells from the body, pointing the way to new autoimmune and cancer therapies
In most of the tissues of the body, specialized immune cells are entrusted with the task of engulfing the billions of dead cells that are generated every day. (Medical News Today)

New vaccine regimens provide rapid and durable protection against Ebola virus
One shot of an experimental vaccine made from two Ebola virus gene segments incorporated into a chimpanzee cold virus vector (called chimp adenovirus type 3 or ChAd3) protected all four macaque... (Medical News Today)

Study examines immunosuppressant effect on central nervous system disorder
In patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD, an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system similar to multiple sclerosis but even more debilitating), the... (Medical News Today)

Flu vaccination rates among health care workers climb with mandatory policy
Hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. (Medical News Today)

Analysis finds new single-dose influenza drug to be safe and effective
An analysis of phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials shows that a single injected dose of the neuraminidase inhibitor (NAI) peramivir is safe and effective at alleviating influenza symptoms, including... (Medical News Today)

Cancer patients benefit from isavuconazole, a new antifungal
A newly developed antifungal, isavuconazole, is as effective as an existing drug, voriconazole, against invasive mold disease in cancer patients with less adverse effects, according to phase 3... (Medical News Today)

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