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Health News - Immune System

Can marijuana help transplant patients? New research says maybe
Here's another discovery to bolster the case for medical marijuana: New research in mice suggests that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may delay the rejection of incompatible organs. (Medical News Today)

'Eat me' signal whets appetites for tumor-devouring dendritic cells
By changing the mouse model they use to study how the immune system responds to cancer, a team of researchers hopes to shift the focus for one emerging form of cancer immunotherapy back to the... (Medical News Today)

Epigenomic changes are key to innate immunological memory
It was long believed that acquired immunity--a type of immunity mediated by T- and B-cells--had memory, meaning that it could learn from new pathogens, making subsequent reactions more effective... (Medical News Today)

State exemption levels low, national vaccination rates high
Vaccine exemption levels for kindergarteners are low for most states and infant vaccination rates are high nationally, according to data from two reports published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly... (Medical News Today)

Lack of sleep could increase common cold risk
A new study has found that people who slept less than 5 hours a night were 4.5 times likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus than people who slept 7 or more hours. (Medical News Today)

Man sheds deadly polio virus in feces for 28 years
Researchers from the UK have reported on a man who they believe has been shedding a mutated form of a vaccine-derived polio virus in his feces for 28 years. (Medical News Today)

Scientists identify possible key in virus, cancer research
Florida State University researchers have taken a big step forward in the fight against cancer with a discovery that could open up the door for new research and treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Mammary gland is shaped by adaptive immune system during development
In experiments with mouse tissue, UC San Francisco researchers have discovered that the adaptive immune system, generally associated with fighting bacterial and viral infections, plays an active role... (Medical News Today)

A patient shedding poliovirus for 28 years -- possible challenges for polio eradication
With all but two countries worldwide, Pakistan and Afghanistan, declared polio-free, the eradication of the devastating viral disease in the near future is a real possibility. (Medical News Today)

Researchers thwart cancer cells by triggering 'virus alert'
Working with human cancer cell lines and mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and elsewhere have found a way to trigger a type of immune system "virus alert" that may one day... (Medical News Today)

Mystery of polar bear Knut's disease finally solved
The animal suffered from an autoimmune disease previously known only in humansKnut, the famous polar bear of the Berlin Zoological Garden (Germany) died of encephalitis, as diagnosed soon after... (Medical News Today)

Immunotherapy agent benefits patients with drug-resistant multiple myeloma
In its first clinical trial, a breakthrough antibody therapy produced at least partial remissions in a third of patients with multiple myeloma who had exhausted multiple prior treatments... (Medical News Today)

One dose or 2? Cholera vaccination strategies
A new modeling study appearing this week in PLOS Medicine supports consideration of vaccination campaigns using a single dose of cholera vaccine versus campaigns using the recommended two doses given... (Medical News Today)

Injectable cryogel-based whole-cell cancer vaccines
A new minimally invasive vaccine that combines cancer cells and immune-enhancing factors offers a promising strategy against patient-specific cancer cellsCancerous melanoma cells shown with... (Medical News Today)

New study provides links between inflammation and colon cancer metastasis
A new Arizona State University research study led by Biodesign Institute executive director Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

New vaccine candidates may lead toward universal flu vaccine
Two studies have developed influenza vaccine candidates designed to target an area of the virus that is less prone to mutation compared with traditional vaccine targets. (Medical News Today)

Optimizing effectiveness of CAR T cell therapy in lymphoma highlighted in special nordic issue
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, which can specifically recognize and target tumor cells, have resulted in complete responses in patients with leukemia, and although equally promising for... (Medical News Today)

Influenza vaccines provide moderate protection throughout the entire flu season
Individuals who received the flu vaccine were protected for up to 6 months post-vaccination, the duration of most flu seasons, according to a study presented at the 2015 International Conference on... (Medical News Today)

Study backs flu vaccinations for elderly
A new study of the records of millions of nursing home residents affirms the value of influenza vaccination among the elderly. (Medical News Today)

Reducing pain during vaccination: New guideline to help manage pain in children and adults
A new Canadian guideline aims to ensure that pain during vaccination is minimized in both children and adults. (Medical News Today)

Blood vessel cells help tumours evade the immune system
A study by researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet is the first to suggest that cells in the tumour blood vessels contribute to a local environment that protects the cancer cells from... (Medical News Today)

Immune system: Help for killer cells
Scientists at the University of Bonn, together with colleagues from the USA and Japan, have shed light on an important immune mechanism. (Medical News Today)

The human genome: A complex orchestra
A team of Swiss geneticists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) discovered that genetic variation has... (Medical News Today)

Study provides hope for some human stem cell therapies
An international team of scientists headed by biologists at UC San Diego has discovered that an important class of stem cells known as human "induced pluripotent stem cells," or iPSCs, which are... (Medical News Today)

Antibodies in the blood provide clues to transplant recipients' likelihood of rejection
Presence of certain antibody types may indicate the need for aggressive anti-rejection therapyHighlights Among kidney transplant recipients, patients with mostly IgG3 donor-specific HLA... (Medical News Today)

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