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Health News - Immune System

Promising new vaccine effective against both tuberculosis and leprosy in mice
UCLA-led research finds that a variant of an existing vaccine offers stronger protection against both diseasesThis image depicts the structure of antigen 85B. (Medical News Today)

Sciatic nerve repair using chemically extracted acellular allogeneic nerve graft with ciliary neurotrophic factor
Chemically extracted acellular allogeneic nerve, from which Schwann cells, myelin sheath and disintegrating fragments have been removed, reduced postoperative immune rejection. (Medical News Today)

IBS - why pain relief drugs don't work
New research from the University of Adelaide is the first in the world to explain why people with irritable bowel syndrome - also known as IBS - may not get relief from pain medications. (Medical News Today)

IPROVE announces joint European vision for vaccination research
IPROVE (Innovation Partnership for Roadmap on Vaccines in Europe) has announced the preparation of a comprehensive roadmap on the future of vaccine research and development (R&D) in the European... (Medical News Today)

A single factor can reset the immune system of mice to a state likely similar to how it was 500 million years ago
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg re-activated expression of an ancient gene, which is not normally expressed in the mammalian immune... (Medical News Today)

Spaceflight affects immune system
There is nothing like a head cold to make us feel a little dazed. We get things like colds and the flu because of changes in our immune system. (Medical News Today)

Some mothers-to-be opt out of vaccination for flu
Both mother and fetus are at increased risk for complications of flu infection during pregnancy. (Medical News Today)

White blood cell research looks at the antii-inflamatory effect of aspirin
Hugely popular non-steroidal anti-inflammation drugs like aspirin, naproxen (marketed as Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) all work by inhibiting or killing an enzyme called cyclooxygenase - a key... (Medical News Today)

T cell responses promoted by Innate lymphoid cells
In case of inflammation the body releases substances that increase the immune defense. During chronic inflammation, this immune response gets out of control and can induce organ damage. (Medical News Today)

Study: parents' vaccine intentions influenced by how benefits are communicated
How do parents decide whether to vaccinate their child? In a study designed to formally look at the content of parent-targeted communications about the benefits of vaccination for measles, mumps... (Medical News Today)

Tumors shrink following bacteria injection
Tumors in rats, dogs and one human patient shrank after being injected with spores of a mutant version of a soil bacterium that thrives only in oxygen-poor environments. (Medical News Today)

Sanofi pasteur announces publication of positive data for Fluzone® high-dose vaccine
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, has announced that The New England Journal of Medicine published positive results from a large-scale, multi-center efficacy trial, which found that... (Medical News Today)

How immune cells are prevented from turning against the body
When faced with pathogens, the immune system summons a swarm of cells made up of soldiers and peacekeepers. The peacekeeping cells tell the soldier cells to halt fighting when invaders are cleared. (Medical News Today)

Improved understanding of bacteria's sophisticated immune system
Bacteria's ability to destroy viruses has long puzzled scientists, but researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say they now have a clear picture of the bacterial immune... (Medical News Today)

Potential to stop cancer metastasis following immune cell discovery
Melbourne researchers have revealed the critical importance of highly specialised immune cells, called natural killer cells, in killing melanoma cells that have spread to the lungs. (Medical News Today)

Major step towards personalised medicine against hereditary autoimmune deficiency
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have found a method to repair the gene mutation causing agammaglobulinemia, an autoimmune deficiency disease that almost exclusively affects boys and... (Medical News Today)

Researchers seeking to identify how VP24 enables Ebola virus to disable immune response
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has brought a lot of attention to the deadly virus. According to the World Health Organization, up to 90% of those infected with Ebola die from the virus. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of mutation in HIV antibodies offers hope for HIV vaccine development
In a scientific discovery that has significant implications for HIV vaccine development, collaborators at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Duke University School of Medicine have... (Medical News Today)

Preventing transplant rejection using stimuli-responsive drug delivery system
Following a tissue graft transplant - such as that of the face, hand, arm or leg - it is standard for doctors to immediately give transplant recipients immunosuppressant drugs to prevent their body's... (Medical News Today)

Dangerous sepsis controlled in animal models by treatment with lymph node cells
An immune-regulating cell present in lymph nodes may be able to halt severe cases of sepsis, an out-of-control inflammatory response that can lead to organ failure and death. (Medical News Today)

Researchers mutate VRC01 antibody to boost potential of passive immunization against HIV
Scientists are pursuing injections or intravenous infusions of broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies (bNAbs) as a strategy for preventing HIV infection. (Medical News Today)

HIV immune response influenced by gut flora
Normal microorganisms in the intestines appear to play a pivotal role in how the HIV virus foils a successful attack from the body's immune system, according to new research from Duke Medicine. (Medical News Today)

Cell discovery brings blood disorder cure closer
A cure for a range of blood disorders and immune diseases is in sight, according to scientists who have unravelled the mystery of stem cell generation. (Medical News Today)

Vector immunoprophylaxis protects mice against malaria
A study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers found that injecting a vaccine-like compound into mice was effective in protecting them from malaria. (Medical News Today)

Vaccinations are not just for kids, but why is coverage among adults so low?
Vaccinations are not only for children, but coverage in adults remains low. We look at the reasons why, what can be done to increase coverage, and which vaccines you may need. (Medical News Today)

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