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Health News - Immune System

New candidate vaccine against risky avian influenza
The avian influenza (bird flu) virus of the H5N1 subtype continues to infect people, especially in South-Eastern Asia. (Medical News Today)

Improved understanding of how bacterial toxins target human cells
Research that provides a new understanding of how bacterial toxins target human cells is set to have major implications for the development of novel drugs and treatment strategies. (Medical News Today)

Teasing out glitches in immune system's self-recognition has implications for autoimmune disease, vaccine design
Immunity is a thankless job. Though the army of cells known as the immune system continuously keeps us safe from a barrage of viruses, bacteria and even precancerous cells, we mainly notice it when... (Medical News Today)

Possibilities for personalized cancer vaccines revealed at ESMO symposium
The possibilities for personalised vaccines in all types of cancer were revealed in a lecture from Dr Harpreet Singh at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Medical News Today)

Pluripotent cells created by nuclear transfer can prompt immune reaction, researchers find
Mouse cells and tissues created through nuclear transfer can be rejected by the body because of a previously unknown immune response to the cell's mitochondria, according to a study in mice by... (Medical News Today)

What math can tell us about vaccines' effects on disease propagation
The control of certain childhood diseases is difficult, despite high vaccination coverage in many countries. (Medical News Today)

STING pathway key to tumor immunity
A recently discovered protein complex known as STING plays a crucial role in detecting the presence of tumor cells and promoting an aggressive anti-tumor response by the body's innate immune system... (Medical News Today)

Melanoma immunotherapy inhibits tumor growth & increases survival
Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced its newest DNA-based cancer immunotherapy targeting melanoma induced a robust and broad immune response in animals and directed cancer-killing T cells... (Medical News Today)

Three in four GP Practices don't offer people with learning disability free flu jabs despite new government guidance, UK
Almost three in four GP Practices in England do not offer people with a learning disability free flu vaccinations, despite this year's Flu Plan including learning disability as a 'clinical risk... (Medical News Today)

Possibilities for personalised vaccines revealed at ESMO Symposium
The possibilities for personalised vaccines in all types of cancer are revealed in a lecture from Dr Harpreet Singh at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Medical News Today)

Mental disorders due to permanent stress
Activated through permanent stress, immune cells will have a damaging effect on and cause changes to the brain. This may result in mental disorders. (Medical News Today)

Immune checkpoint inhibitors may work in brain cancers
New evidence that immune checkpoint inhibitors may work in glioblastoma and brain metastases was presented by Dr Anna Sophie Berghoff at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva... (Medical News Today)

Chronic high blood pressure controlled by immune cells from the spleen
High blood pressure is a leading cause of death around the world, and its prevalence continues to rise. (Medical News Today)

Pre-empting flu evolution may make for better vaccines
An international team of researchers has shown that it may be possible to improve the effectiveness of the seasonal flu vaccine by 'pre-empting' the evolution of the influenza virus. (Medical News Today)

Key discovery in understanding immunotherapy's successes - and its failures
A collaborative team of leaders in the field of cancer immunology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has made a key discovery that advances the understanding of why some patients respond to... (Medical News Today)

Study in mice suggests 'virome,' as helpful as 'microbiome' in humans, too
Microbiologists at NYU Langone Medical Center say they have what may be the first strong evidence that the natural presence of viruses in the gut -- or what they call the 'virome' -- plays a... (Medical News Today)

Protective immune response in neurodermatitis suppressed by bacterial infections
The skin condition neurodermatitis affects nearly one in four children and also occurs frequently in adults. (Medical News Today)

How new insight into cells could lead to better drugs
A new insight into immune cells by scientists at The University of Manchester could lead to more effective drug treatments. (Medical News Today)

Gates Foundation announces support to Ebola-affected countries to accelerate the evaluation of potential treatments
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it will be supporting efforts in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries to scale up the production and evaluation of convalescent plasma... (Medical News Today)

Mutations identified that are expressed within melanoma tumors that predict effective responses to a groundbreaking immunotherapy
A team led by Ludwig and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) researchers has published a landmark study on the genetic basis of response to a powerful cancer therapy known as immune checkpoint blockade. (Medical News Today)

Ebola virus protein linked with severe inflammation, blood vessel leakage
In a new study, researchers from France find that a protein expressed by an Ebola virus gene may be responsible for inflammation, fever and blood vessel leakage in Ebola patients. (Medical News Today)

Shedding light on diseases caused by immune system fault
Scientists have discovered how a gene mutation can lead to diseases that occur when the immune system attacks the body by mistake. (Medical News Today)

Cause of oat toxicity in celiac disease explained
Melbourne researchers have identified why some people with coeliac disease show an immune response after eating oats. (Medical News Today)

UCLA stem cell researcher pioneers gene therapy cure for children with "bubble baby" disease
UCLA stem cell researchers have pioneered a stem cell gene therapy cure for children born with adenosine deaminase (ADA)-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), often called "Bubble... (Medical News Today)

National Poll on Children's Health finds 74 percent of parents would remove their kids from daycare if others are unvaccinated
Most parents agree that all children in daycare centers should be vaccinated, and that daycare providers should be checking vaccine records every year, according to the University of Michigan C.S. (Medical News Today)

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