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Health News - Immune System

Tracking movement of immune cells identifies key first steps in inflammatory arthritis
Using a novel approach for imaging the movement of immune cells in living animals, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases (CIID)... (Medical News Today)

Immune defense without collateral damage
Researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland have clarified the role of the enzyme MPO. (Medical News Today)

Team uncovers cellular responses to bird flu vaccine
New research from Vanderbilt eavesdrops on gene expression in human immune system cells before and after vaccination against bird flu. (Medical News Today)

Team discovers how bacteria exploit a chink in the body's armor
Scientists have discovered how a unique bacterial enzyme can blunt the body's key weapons in its fight against infection. (Medical News Today)

New genital herpes vaccine candidate provides powerful protection in preclinical tests
Approximately 500 million people around the world are infected with the genital herpes virus known as herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2). (Medical News Today)

Chewing your food could protect against infection
New research finds that chewing food can trigger the oral release of Th17 cells - a type of immune cell that can help to protect against infection. (Medical News Today)

New technique could enable safer production of polio vaccines
A new method to produce a stable fragment of poliovirus could enable safer production of vaccines, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens. (Medical News Today)

Examining inflammation and gut bacteria in type 1 diabetes
Evidence for the role of gut bacteria and inflammation in the etiology of type 1 diabetes is steadily mounting. Breaking research adds more detail. (Medical News Today)

Atherosclerosis: Endogenous peptide lowers cholesterol
Cells of the innate immune system that play an important role in development of atherosclerosis contain a protein that reduces levels of cholesterol in mice - and thus helps to inhibit or mitigate... (Medical News Today)

Researchers discover severe side effects of approved multiple sclerosis medication
The multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy alemtuzumab can trigger severe, unpredictable side effects. (Medical News Today)

Metabolic sensor causes granulomas to form
Granulomas are tissue nodules of immune cells that occur in diseases such as tuberculosis and sarcoidosis and can damage many organs. (Medical News Today)

New insights in genetic defect allow prevention of fatal illnesses in children
A team of scientists led by prof. Adrian Liston (VIB-KU Leuven) and prof. Isabelle Meyts (UZ Leuven - KU Leuven) were able to characterize a new genetic immunodeficiency resulting from a mutation... (Medical News Today)

New research study creates new opportunities for treating brain diseases
Immunotherapy has proven to be effective against many serious diseases. But to treat diseases in the brain, the antibodies must first get past the obstacle of the blood-brain barrier. (Medical News Today)

Cleverly designed tuberculosis vaccine shows promise in mice
A clever new tuberculosis vaccine has shown promise in trials in mice. If it succeeds, it will be the first new TB vaccine in a century. (Medical News Today)

Just 20 minutes of exercise enough to reduce inflammation, study finds
New research suggests that a short session of moderate physical activity can reduce inflammation by activating a response at the cellular level. (Medical News Today)

Genetically engineered mosquitos resist dengue fever virus
After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue fever - a mosquito-borne viral disease - continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year. (Medical News Today)

Malaria elimination: Vaccines should be tested on larger groups of volunteers
To find an effective vaccine against malaria it is crucial to test candidate vaccines on larger groups of people than previously thought - according to a new study published in PLOS Computational... (Medical News Today)

Strep spreads by harnessing immune defenses of those infected
The bacteria that cause most cases of pneumonia worldwide secrete a toxin that helps them jump from one body to the next - with help from the hosts' immune defenses. (Medical News Today)

High White Blood Cell Count: What are the Causes?
Learn about the different types of white blood cells, their responsibilities, what a high level can indicate, and other imbalances of white blood cells. (Medical News Today)

New treatment for a rare form of encephalitis
Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis is an inflammatory disease that affects the central nervous system. (Medical News Today)

Autoimmunity and infections: When the body fights itself
Basel-based doctors are on the trail of a possible connection between autoimmune diseases and infections: errors can occur when immune cells absorb certain proteins from pathogen cells. (Medical News Today)

Cancers evade immunotherapy by 'discarding the evidence' of tumor-specific mutations
Discovery could explain widespread acquired resistance among patients treated with immune checkpoint blockade drugs. (Medical News Today)

Hitherto unknown risk factor for arteriosclerosis identified
Following a blood infection, the first class of antibodies produced by the immune system are IgM antibodies. (Medical News Today)

Bee sting vaccine opens door to new allergy remedies
A bee vaccine developed in Australia is opening doors to new remedies for a range of other insect, plant and pollen allergies. (Medical News Today)

Malaria: Next-generation vaccine shows efficacy, safety in humans
A novel vaccine that uses a weakened form of a malaria parasite has produced an effective immune response in humans, without any adverse side effects. (Medical News Today)

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