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Health News - Immune System

Researchers developing new targeted and immune therapies for colorectal cancer molecular subtypes
Medical oncology is a rapidly evolving field, and oncology-related precision medicine - or the matching of treatments to a specific patient and their cancer - is at the forefront of this evolution. (Medical News Today)

'Cell-squeezing' expands options for immunotherapy vaccines
Immunotherapy - where the immune system is trained to attack cancer and other diseases - is proving hard to realize in practice. A new cell-squeezing device may rekindle progress. (Medical News Today)

Cooperation among viral variants helps hepatitis C survive immune system attacks
Warring armies use a variety of tactics as they struggle to gain the upper hand. (Medical News Today)

Governments take decisive step towards more affordable vaccines
Governments meeting in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly raised the alarm on Monday over the exorbitant rise in the price to vaccinate a child, passing a resolution urging more affordable... (Medical News Today)

World first as viral immunotherapy for skin cancer shows patient benefit in phase III trial
A genetically engineered herpes virus can halt the progression of skin cancer by killing cancer cells and sparking the immune system into action against tumours, a landmark clinical trial has shown. (Medical News Today)

Groundbreaking treatment uses herpes to combat skin cancer
In a phase 3 trial, researchers showed how a genetically modified herpes virus halted disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer. (Medical News Today)

Future vaccine may help lower blood pressure long-term
A vaccine may one day help lower blood pressure for up to six months, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension. (Medical News Today)

Obese male mice produce more disease-promoting immune cells than females
Study suggests fatty diets reprogram blood stem cells in male mice, promoting metabolic diseaseObesity may be tougher on male immune systems than females, a new study in mice at the University of... (Medical News Today)

National study finds autoimmune disease severely impacts quality of life and employment
In a new national survey of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients conducted by Health Union, researchers found a severe impact on quality of life, employment, and ability to afford treatment. (Medical News Today)

Scientists reveal how herpes virus hijacks and hides in our cells
A new study of what the cold sore virus does to host cell machinery shows it disrupts host gene transcription termination, advancing our understanding of this and similar viruses. (Medical News Today)

Teenage obesity may increase risk of colorectal cancer in later-life
Men who are very overweight or obese aged 16-20 may be more than twice as likely to develop colorectal cancer later in life, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains
A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. (Medical News Today)

Measles-flu comparison yields insights for vaccine design
By comparing flu viruses to the virus that causes measles, researchers fine-tuned a tool that may enable faster vaccine design, according to a study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published... (Medical News Today)

CWRU dental researchers find some immune cells change to prolong inflammation
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine have unraveled one of the mysteries of how a small group of immune cells work: That some inflammation-fighting immune cells... (Medical News Today)

How our gut changes across the life course
Scientists and clinicians on the Norwich Research Park have carried out the first detailed study of how our intestinal tract changes as we age, and how this determines our overall health. (Medical News Today)

New treatment for middle ear infection found in anti-stroke drug
Animal study shows that topical use of the anti-stroke drug vinpocetine clears middle ear infection - suppressing inflammation and overproduction of mucus and restoring hearing. (Medical News Today)

Why you need one vaccine for measles and many for the flu
While the influenza virus mutates constantly and requires a yearly shot that offers a certain percentage of protection, old reliable measles needs only a two-dose vaccine during childhood for... (Medical News Today)

Can a viral co-infection impair immunity against Plasmodium and turn malaria lethal?
It is known that infections with certain viruses can weaken the immune response to another pathogen. (Medical News Today)

Heart 'could be regenerated by lymphatic system' after heart attacks
Researchers reveal that stimulating the growth of lymphatic vessels after a heart attack could help regenerate the heart and amplify the healing process. (Medical News Today)

Seasonal allergies: tips and remedies
In this Spotlight, we investigate what causes seasonal allergies and what the best strategies are for avoid their debilitating effects. (Medical News Today)

Pilot clinical trial finds injected immune cells safe in multiple myeloma patients
Thirteen of 22 patients experienced some reductions in cancerous white blood cellsThis image shows marrow-infiltrating lymphocytes in cell culture. Credit: Credit: Kimberly Noonan, Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

Bacterial communities of female genital tract have impact on inflammation, HIV risk
Most common bacterial community in healthy South African women may increase presence of T cells targeted by HIVA team led by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Ragon... (Medical News Today)

The life and death of beta cells
Diabetes is one of the scourges of modern society, and the number of cases is rising every year. Already, there are over 380 million diabetics around the world. (Medical News Today)

'Redesigned' antibodies may control HIV: Vanderbilt study
With the help of a computer program called "Rosetta," researchers at Vanderbilt University have "redesigned" an antibody that has increased potency and can neutralize more strains of the AIDS-causing... (Medical News Today)

Body's 'serial killers' captured on film destroying cancer cells
A dramatic video has captured the behaviour of cytotoxic T cells - the body's 'serial killers' - as they hunt down and eliminate cancer cells before moving on to their next target. (Medical News Today)

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