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Health News - Immune System

Ending HIV transmission: What is the impact of giving out free self-tests?
A randomized clinical trial evaluated the effects of providing free HIV self-tests in a high-risk population and the results are in. (Medical News Today)

What to know about nut allergies
Tree nut allergies are common, and they include reactions to almonds, cashews, and walnuts. An allergy to peanuts is not technically a nut allergy. Learn more about nut allergies here. (Medical News Today)

New injection halts peanut allergy for at least 2 weeks
One antibody injection allowed 11 of 15 adults with severe peanut allergy to eat a small amount of nut protein 15 days later with no allergic reaction. (Medical News Today)

Neither vitamin D nor omega-3 supplements can prevent inflammation
When it comes to lowering inflammation, a new study has found that neither omega-3 nor vitamin D supplements are as beneficial as researchers once thought. (Medical News Today)

New blood test marks progress in battle against sepsis
A new blood test that groups sepsis patients into those at low, medium, and high risk of death could save lives by enabling earlier precision treatment. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about smallpox vaccine scars
The smallpox vaccine has eradicated the potentially deadly disease. Anyone who has received this vaccination may notice that it left a scar. Learn more in this article. (Medical News Today)

What happens if a dog bite gets infected?
If a dog bite pierces the skin, bacteria from the dog’s mouth can get into the body, which can cause an infection. This article looks at the causes, treatment, and possible complications of infected dog bites. (Medical News Today)

Can one protein open the door to West Nile and Zika treatments?
The finding of a new study in mice could lead to an effective treatment for the West Nile and Zika viruses, even once they have reached the nervous system. (Medical News Today)

Brachial neuritis: Everything you need to know
Brachial neuritis is a type of nerve damage that causes pain and weakness in the shoulder and arm area. Here we look at the symptoms, causes, and treatments. (Medical News Today)

Atherosclerosis: Scientists identify new protein target in immune cells
For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a type of immune cell expresses a protein that promotes the buildup of fatty material in arteries. (Medical News Today)

Study challenges link between depression and inflammation
New research applies complex statistical analyses to existing data and casts doubt on the existence of a direct link between depression and inflammation. (Medical News Today)

Does the flu shot give you the flu?
The flu shot cannot give a person the flu because it does not contain active viruses. In this article, learn about how the vaccine works and why a person may feel sick after a flu shot. (Medical News Today)

A new drug could improve eczema after a single dose
A proof-of-concept trial has shown that a single dose of a new drug might significantly improve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis, a common skin condition. (Medical News Today)

Sleep allows immune cells to do maintenance work on the brain
Research in mice suggests that the brain's dedicated immune cells are better able to do repair work during sleep, and explains the underlying mechanism. (Medical News Today)

Dry eye disease: New treatment on the horizon
Current treatments for dry eye disease do not work for everyone. A preliminary investigation of new antibody based eye drops produces encouraging results. (Medical News Today)

What is influenza B and what does it do?
Influenza B is one type of influenza virus that can cause the flu. It typically causes milder flu symptoms than influenza A and affects children more often than adults. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What side effects can the shingles vaccine cause?
The shingles vaccine is effective, but it can cause side effects. Learn about the possible mild, serious, and long term side effects here. Also, learn who may benefit the most from the vaccine and who should avoid it. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's disease: Brain immune cells may offer new treatment target
A new study attributes the link between tau protein clumping and brain damage in Alzheimer's disease to brain immune cells called microglia. (Medical News Today)

How blood vessel health may drive IBD
Researchers have found that blood vessels likely contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases. The finding also suggests novel treatments. (Medical News Today)

Body clock influences how well the immune system works
Current research in mice demonstrates that body clocks play a crucial role in how effectively certain immune cells respond when triggered to become active. (Medical News Today)

Could this mechanism explain why sleepless nights affect gut health?
A new study in mice reveals that the brain's 24-hour clock regulates the activity of a type of immune cell that has a strong influence on gut health. (Medical News Today)

New flu vaccine skin patch could do away with needles
A new study reveals that delivering a flu vaccine using a new type of skin patch can stimulate an appropriate immune response without side effects in mice. (Medical News Today)

What causes numbness in the thigh?
Causes of numbness in the thigh include lupus, some autoimmune conditions, and multiple sclerosis. Treatment depends on the cause. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Has a small trial stumbled upon a way to reverse biological aging?
A small clinical trial has found that an experimental treatment meant to reverse the aging of a key player in the immune system achieved a lot more. (Medical News Today)

The key to myasthenia gravis progression may be hidden in serum
New research finds biomarkers for myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune condition, that may help diagnose it and create individualized treatments in the future. (Medical News Today)

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