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Health News - Immune System

The gut microbiomes of infants have an impact on autoimmunity
Exposure to pathogens early in life is beneficial to the education and development of the human immune system. (Medical News Today)

Possible substitute for antibiotics to treat dangerous infections
Infections continue to threaten human health. With remarkable genetic flexibility, pathogenic organisms outsmart available therapies. (Medical News Today)

Fungal spores could 'hijack' human immune cells to spread infection
Scientists have announced a major breakthrough in their understanding of how the fungus Aspergillus terreus - the cause of serious illness in humans - can move around the body, rather than remaining... (Medical News Today)

Zinc oxide tetrapods cure genital herpes in animals
Generating an effective vaccine against genital herpes infections has been a major research challenge for decades. Likewise, a protective microbicide has been a dream as well. (Medical News Today)

Nanoparticles hold promise as double-edged sword against genital herpes
An effective vaccine against the virus that causes genital herpes has evaded researchers for decades. (Medical News Today)

Study: 93 percent of advanced leukemia patients in remission after immunotherapy
'Extraordinary' but short-term results from early-stage trial of engineered immune cells. (Medical News Today)

Excessive tests don't benefit patient, do increase cost in age-related immune disorder
A series of tests physicians routinely order to help diagnose and follow their patients with an elevated antibody level that is a marker for cancer risk, often do not benefit the patient but do... (Medical News Today)

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center-led study finds explanation for some treatment-resistant breast cancers
A targeted therapy for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), the most aggressive form of breast cancer, has shown potential promise in a recently published study. (Medical News Today)

Public Health England urges parents to vaccinate against measles, mumps and rubella
Public Health England (PHE) experts are calling for all parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) when the vaccine is offered, or for them to take it up now... (Medical News Today)

Morning flu shot might be more effective than afternoon
New research shows that giving a flu vaccination in the morning might provide better protection than afternoon vaccinations. If proven, the findings could save many lives. (Medical News Today)

New studies published in Nature Immunology further understanding of immune system in COPD and lupus
Three MedImmune studies discover hidden role of immune system in COPD and lupus, may lead to the discovery of new treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Immuno-psychiatry: when your body makes its own angel dust - anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis
A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports structural brain damage from an autoimmune encephalitis that impairs behavior in ways that are somewhat similar to the effects of "angel dust". (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D insufficiency, low rate of DNA methylation in black teens may increase disease risk
Low levels of vitamin D in black teens correlates with low activity of a major mechanism for controlling gene expression that may increase their risk of cancer and other disease, researchers report. (Medical News Today)

Threat of novel swine flu viruses in pigs and humans
The wide diversity of flu in pigs across multiple continents, mostly introduced from humans, highlights the significant potential of new swine flu strains emerging, according to a study to be... (Medical News Today)

Do anorexia, IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome share a common cause?
Irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and anorexia may all have a common origin according to researchers. (Medical News Today)

Scientists solve immune system mystery for Type 1 diabetes
Scientists have solved a decades-old medical mystery by finally identifying a previously unknown molecule which is attacked by the immune system in people with Type 1 diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Treating sepsis by protecting blood vessels shows promise
An antibody that protects blood vessels against the effects of sepsis - also known as blood poisoning - stopped mice succumbing to the disease, new study shows. (Medical News Today)

Cell death mechanism may -- paradoxically -- enable aggressive pancreatic cells to live on
New findings could lead to anti-cancer drug developments that reverse immunosuppressive environments. (Medical News Today)

Purdue research may expand engineered T-cell cancer treatment
Purdue University researchers may have figured out a way to call off a cancer cell assassin that sometimes goes rogue and assign it a larger tumor-specific "hit list. (Medical News Today)

Immunotherapy drug shows long-lasting response in advanced melanoma, UCLA study finds
Pembrolizumab shown to be less toxic than traditional treatments.UCLA researchers have found that a game-changing immunotherapy drug produces positive responses that are long-lasting and with... (Medical News Today)

Can we hypercharge vaccines? Tapping a chemical we already make could enhance T-cell production
Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital report that a fatty chemical naturally found in damaged tissues can induce an unexpected kind of immune response, causing immune cells to go into a... (Medical News Today)

Immune cells in organ cavities play essential role in fast tissue repair: Study
While scientists have known for many years that there are cells living in the cavities surrounding various organs such as the heart, lung and liver, their function has remained unknown. (Medical News Today)

How immunity to RSV develops in childhood but deteriorates in adults
The leading infectious cause of severe respiratory disease in infants, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), is also a major cause of respiratory illness in the elderly. (Medical News Today)

Nplate® (romiplostim) study in The Lancet shows significant increase in durable platelet response among children with immune thrombocytopenia
Amgen has announced that The Lancet published results from a Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Nplate® (romiplostim) in children with symptomatic immune... (Medical News Today)

Gene therapy for immunodeficiency shows promise in older children
Until now, gene therapy for a severe immune system disorder has only succeeded in infants, but a small clinical trial shows that it can also treat older children and young adults. (Medical News Today)

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