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Health News - Immune System

How emotions may impact tumor growth
Our emotions can impact our physical well-being, but to what extent? New research suggests that they may even play a role in the immune response to cancer. (Medical News Today)

Targeting one hormone may help treat bowel cancer
A new study reveals that p38 protein in myeloid cells promotes gut inflammation and tumor formation with help from a hormone triggered by p38 in the cells. (Medical News Today)

Inflammation: What can deep-diving seals teach us?
Inflammation is a part of many diseases, so researchers are keen to understand how it may be modified. A new study suggests that seals may offer insight. (Medical News Today)

Melanoma: Immunotherapy for brain metastases 'doubles survival'
A new study into U.S. cancer data finds that checkpoint blockade immunotherapy doubles median overall survival in melanoma patients with brain metastases. (Medical News Today)

New protein 'regenerates' the heart after an attack
The body's attempt to recover after a heart attack can lead to heart failure. But, researchers may now have found a different way to regenerate the heart. (Medical News Today)

The best foods for boosting your immune system
A strong immune system helps a person stay healthy by fighting off bacteria and viruses. In this article, we look at foods that can help to boost the immune system, including turmeric, ginger, garlic, kefir, green tea, and blueberries. We also cover the scientific reasons why these foods promote immune system health. (Medical News Today)

Intermittent fasting may benefit people with MS
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition with no known cure, so appropriate symptom management is crucial. Could intermittent fasting help? (Medical News Today)

'Backpacked drugs' can boost immunotherapy for solid tumors
Researchers have designed a drug-carrying nanoparticle capable of enhancing the effect of immune cells on solid cancer tumors without harmful side effects. (Medical News Today)

Pseudomonas infections: What to know
Pseudomonas infections occur due to a specific type of bacteria and can affect different areas of the body. While these infections are usually mild in healthy people, they can be life-threatening for people who are in a hospital or have a weakened immune system. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment here. (Medical News Today)

Study shows how 'friendly' bacteria keep our gut healthy
A new study explains the mechanism by which good bacteria help our guts stay healthy. The results have therapeutic implications for conditions such as IBD. (Medical News Today)

Dementia linked to 'chronic, rather than temporary' inflammation
People with long-lasting heightened inflammation from middle age onwards also have more white matter damage. This may foreshadow dementia, researchers say. (Medical News Today)

What does HPV look like in your mouth?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) can affect the mouth, as well as other places. Symptoms include small, hard bumps that can be slow-growing. Not using proper protection during oral sex is one of the causes of HPV in the mouth. There is no cure, but a vaccine can lower the risk of developing the virus. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Scientists 'completely surprised' by immunity-boosting virus
Cytomegalovirus — a common, asymptomatic virus — may actually boost the immune system's response to infection, much to specialists' surprise. (Medical News Today)

'Supramolecule' helps immune cells 'eat up' cancer
A newly designed 'supramolecule' can stop the 'don't eat me' signal that cancer cells emit and boost the power of immune cells in the fight against cancer. (Medical News Today)

Cancer immunotherapy 'could be safer' with natural killer cells
CAR cancer immunotherapy using natural killer cells from stem cells could be as effective and less toxic than using modified versions of patients' T cells. (Medical News Today)

What does a cortisol level test show?
A cortisol level test measures the amount of cortisol in the blood. This hormone plays a crucial role in the body. Doctors use cortisol level tests to check for signs of Addison’s disease, Cushing’s syndrome, and adrenal function abnormalities. Learn about the cortisol level test and what the results indicate here. (Medical News Today)

Inflammation: Old drug offers new hope
When inflammation is out of control, it can cause significant damage to healthy tissue. A new study looks at how inflammation might one day be controlled. (Medical News Today)

Could treating these immune cells cure IBD?
By identifying a distinct group of CD4 T cells that create and perpetuate intestinal inflammation, scientists could be on track to finding a cure for IBD. (Medical News Today)

What is a differential blood test?
The differential blood test tells doctors how many of each type of white blood cell are in the body. Knowing these levels can help a doctor to diagnose a variety of acute and chronic illnesses. In this article, learn about the types of white blood cell and how to interpret the results of a differential blood test. (Medical News Today)

Rheumatoid arthritis: How chronic inflammation affects the brain
A new study shows how rheumatoid arthritis inflammation affects different brain areas. The findings may explain the cognitive symptoms of the condition. (Medical News Today)

Disrupted immune system? Avoid getting a tattoo
Specialists present the case of a woman who sought medical advice as she developed unusual, persistent pain in her knee and thigh after getting a tattoo. (Medical News Today)

What to know about atrophic gastritis
Atrophic gastritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the stomach lining over a long time. Either a bacterial infection or an autoimmune condition is responsible. Autoimmune atrophic gastritis can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency and pernicious anemia. Learn more about causes and treatments here. (Medical News Today)

Using spider silk to boost our immune systems
Using synthetic spider silk, researchers have created a type of microcapsule that can deliver vaccines straight to the heart of our immune cells. (Medical News Today)

Probiotics might make us immune to stress
New research shows that a specific probiotic called Mycobacterium vaccae reduces the brain's inflammatory response to stress in rodents. (Medical News Today)

What are the benefits of blackberries?
The blackberry is rich in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, and people can add them to their diet easily with some simple changes to their daily eating habits. Learn more about the health benefits of blackberries here, the potential side effects, and how to add them to your diet here. (Medical News Today)

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