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Health News - Immune System

Method to expand blood stem cells could lead to new cancer treatment
A team of scientists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine has reported the breakthrough discovery of a process to expand production of stem cells used to treat cancer patients. (Medical News Today)

How Ebola blocks the immune system
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have identified one way the Ebola virus dodges the body's antiviral defenses, providing important insight that could lead to new therapies... (Medical News Today)

Potentially protective immune response from new analysis of old HIV vaccines
Applying the benefit of hindsight, researchers at Duke Medicine have reanalyzed the findings of two historic pediatric HIV vaccine trials with encouraging results. (Medical News Today)

Possible bacterial drivers of IBD identified
Yale University researchers have identified a handful of bacterial culprits that may drive inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, using patients' own... (Medical News Today)

Researcher finds income, education disparity in reasons for not vaccinating
Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations. (Medical News Today)

Loss of immune cells may result in malaria symptoms fading in repeat infections
Children who repeatedly become infected with malaria often experience no clinical symptoms with these subsequent infections, and a team led by UC San Francisco researchers has discovered that this... (Medical News Today)

Infant immunization rates 'are stable or increasing,' say CDC
Data from the 2013 National Immunization Survey shows that the 'vast majority' of parents are following vaccination recommendations for their infant children. (Medical News Today)

Tackling inflammatory pain
Pain from inflammation sidelines thousands of Americans each year. Many face a tough choice: deal with the pain, take a potentially addictive opioid or use a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that... (Medical News Today)

Leading scientists call for a stop to non-essential use of fluorochemicals
A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely... (Medical News Today)

HIV cure failure in Mississippi baby 'the beginning of a new chapter'
Last month, we reported that HIV had returned in a child believed to have been cured of the infection. Although disappointing, researchers say a lot can be learned from the case. (Medical News Today)

The origin of fever discovered
Fever is a response to inflammation, and is triggered by an onset of the signaling substance prostaglandin. (Medical News Today)

Risk of autoimmune diseases greater in patients with eating disorders
The risk of eating disorders has been shown to be increased in some somatic illnesses. Many of these illnesses, such as type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel diseases, present autoimmune etiology. (Medical News Today)

Recommendation by a physician could halve racial disparity in who gets a flu shot
Doctors should make a point of offering a flu vaccine to their patients. A simple reminder could considerably reduce the number of racial and ethnic minorities who currently do not vaccinate... (Medical News Today)

An abnormal CD8 T cell response to the influenza virus a problem for alcoholics
It is well known that chronic drinking is associated with an increased incidence and severity of respiratory infections. (Medical News Today)

Organ grown in animal from cells created in lab
Laboratory-grown replacement organs have moved a step closer with the completion of a new study. (Medical News Today)

Overweight causes hazardous inflammations
Researchers have found a possible molecular explanation for why overweight is harmful. This new knowledge may provide new drugs for heart attack, stroke, cancer and chronic intestinal inflammation. (Medical News Today)

Vaccination against H5N1 flu virus generates broadly reactive antibodies
Vaccine researchers have developed a strategy aimed at generating broadly cross-reactive antibodies against the influenza virus: embrace the unfamiliar. (Medical News Today)

Wii balance board changes the brains of MS patients
Patients with MS who underwent a 12-week visual feedback training program using a Wii Balance Board System showed improved balance and changes in the brain. (Medical News Today)

Researchers learn how to rejuvenate aging immune cells
Researchers from UCL (University College London) have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of ageing. (Medical News Today)

Why major cow milk allergen is actually allergenic
Cow milk allergy occurs in children and in adults. Scientists at Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna, and the University of Vienna investigated what... (Medical News Today)

Anti-inflammatory nanomolecules enable tissue regeneration
Anyone who has suffered an injury can probably remember the after-effects, including pain, swelling or redness. These are signs that the body is fighting back against the injury. (Medical News Today)

Immunity boosted by combining polio vaccines
New evidence suggests that giving the Salk inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) to individuals who had already been given the Sabin live-attenuated oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) may improve their... (Medical News Today)

How cellular guardians of the intestine develop
Even the most careful chosen meal can contain surprises. To defend against infectious microbes, viruses or other potential hazards that find their way to the intestines, a dedicated contingent of... (Medical News Today)

Scientists grow fully functional thymus in mice from scratch
For the first time, scientists have grown a fully functioning immune organ in mice from cells created outside the body. They say their findings could advance lab-grown organs. (Medical News Today)

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)

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