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Health News - Immune System

Molecule could suppress immune system's 'friendly fire'
Scientists have found a molecule that could potentially accelerate clinical trials to combat autoimmune diseases. (Medical News Today)

Once CD8 T cells take on one virus, they'll fight others too
Scientists think of CD8 T cells as long-lived cells that become tuned to fight just one pathogen, but a new study finds that once CD8 T cells fight one pathogen, they also join the body's "innate"... (Medical News Today)

Immune proteins moonlight to regulate brain-cell connections
When it comes to the brain, "more is better" seems like an obvious assumption. (Medical News Today)

Interleukin-27: Can a cytokine with both pro & anti-inflammatory activity make a good drug target?
Interleukin-27 (IL-27), a member of the interleukin family of cytokines that help regulate the immune system, has a mainly anti-inflammatory role in the body, and its dysfunction has been... (Medical News Today)

Antibiotics may help Salmonella spread in infected animals, Stanford scientists learn
Some people infected with pathogens spread their germs to others while remaining symptom-free themselves. Now, investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine believe they may know why. (Medical News Today)

Pediatric Allergology: Fresh milk keeps infections at bay
A study by researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich shows that infants fed on fresh rather than UHT cow's milk are less prone to infection. (Medical News Today)

Stress-related inflammation may increase risk for depression
Preexisting differences in the sensitivity of a key part of each individual's immune system to stress confer a greater risk of developing stress-related depression or anxiety, according to a study... (Medical News Today)

Vaccinations 'not linked to increased risk of MS, central nervous system disorders'
Contrary to previous research, a new study finds no long-term link between vaccinations and higher risk of multiple sclerosis and other disorders of the central nervous system. (Medical News Today)

Head injury causes the immune system to attack the brain
Scientists have uncovered a surprising way to reduce the brain damage caused by head injuries - stopping the body's immune system from killing brain cells. (Medical News Today)

Vaccination coverage among children in kindergarten - United States, 2013-14 school year
When parents, schools, health departments, communities, and healthcare professionals work together to maintain high vaccination coverage among school-age children, they provide critical protection... (Medical News Today)

MicroRNA molecules serve as on/off switches for inflammation
University of Utah scientists have identified two microRNA molecules that control chronic inflammation, a discovery that one day may help researchers prevent certain fatal or debilitating... (Medical News Today)

Scripps Research Institute scientists identify trigger for crucial immune system cell
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified the long-sought activating molecules for a rare but crucial subset of immune system cells that help rally other white blood cells... (Medical News Today)

Personalized ovarian cancer vaccines set for human trials
Researchers have found a way to identify protein mutations in cancer cells. The method is being used to create personalized vaccines for ovarian cancer. (Medical News Today)

How widespread is natural Ebola immunity?
Some people in the West African Ebola epidemic seem to have natural immunity to the virus. Scientists say finding out more about them may help reduce spread of the disease. (Medical News Today)

A deadly strain of meningitis is rising in the UK - international charity says these deaths are preventable
Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is calling for action to control a recent rise in cases of meningitis and septicaemia caused by a particularly deadly strain of meningococcal bacteria, putting... (Medical News Today)

New perspectives for development of an RSV vaccine
Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes severe respiratory tract infections and worldwide claims the lives of 160,000 children each year. (Medical News Today)

Pattern recognition receptors may be potent new drug targets for immune-mediated diseases
Chronic inflammation caused by activation of the human immune system contributes to a large and rapidly growing list of diseases including some cancers, cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders... (Medical News Today)

Researchers look to exploit females' natural resistance to infection
Researchers have linked increased resistance to bacterial pneumonia in female mice to an enzyme activated by the female sex hormone estrogen. (Medical News Today)

Seniors 'comfortable with aging' are more likely to attend health screenings
In an attempt to understand the attitudes and beliefs that prevent many seniors accessing preventive health services, a new study finds satisfaction with aging plays a big role. (Medical News Today)

Immune cells in the liver drive fatty liver disease and liver cancer
Immune cells that migrate to the liver and interact there with liver tissue cells get activated by metabolic stress (e.g. (Medical News Today)

Ebola may be quietly immunizing many
A Canadian researcher is one of four scientists raising the issue that Ebola may be silently immunizing large numbers of people, who never fall ill or infect others yet become protected from future... (Medical News Today)

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) advice on pneumonia jabs for welders "flawed," say experts
The Health & Safety Executive's advice to employers on pneumonia jabs for welders is flawed and needlessly risking lives, say occupational health experts in an opinion piece in the journal Thorax. (Medical News Today)

Launch of new European code against cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), today launches the 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer with... (Medical News Today)

Survival molecule helps cancer cells hide from the immune system
A molecule that helps cancer cells evade programmed self-destruction, an internal source of death, might also help malignant cells hide from the immune system, an external source of death. (Medical News Today)

One gene links susceptibility to rare infections with predisposition to autoimmune disease
The mutations were familiar, but the patients' conditions seemed baffling at first. (Medical News Today)

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