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Health News - Immune System

A boy or a girl? Baby's sex may influence mother's immunity
New research shows an association between the sex of the fetus and different immune responses in pregnant women. Pregnancy with girls may affect immunity. (Medical News Today)

Identifying vaccination capacity for future foot-and-mouth outbreaks could reduce culling numbers and costs to industry
A new reactive vaccination strategy for future foot-and-mouth disease epidemics shows that significant cost savings can be achieved by accurately identifying our capacity to vaccinate - according... (Medical News Today)

Unsaturated fatty acid may reverse aging effect of obesity
Obesity, or a high fat diet, can lead to changes in the immune system similar to those observed with aging. That's what research published in Experimental Physiology suggests. (Medical News Today)

Molecular mechanism behind why allergies are more common in developed countries discovered
Researchers have discovered a molecular mechanism that could explain why allergies are less common in developing countries. (Medical News Today)

How long are you contagious with a cold or flu for?
The flu and common cold are both common illnesses but for how long is there a risk of spreading them to others? How can people stop them from spreading? (Medical News Today)

People can 'suppress' hay fever with three years of pollen pills or injections
Patients blighted by hay fever could markedly reduce symptoms for several years after a three-year course of treatment, but not after two years of treatment, researchers have found. (Medical News Today)

Immune cell study prompts rethink on how to tackle infections
Fresh insights into how immune cells are regulated could signal a new approach to tackling infections. (Medical News Today)

Staph infections reduce effectiveness of intradermal flu vaccine in atopic dermatitis patients
The dry, cracked and itchy skin of atopic dermatitis patients is often colonized with Staphylococcus bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Penn vet study shows how solid tumors resist immunotherapy
Immunotherapies have revolutionized cancer treatment, offering hope to those whose malignancies have stubbornly survived other existing treatments. (Medical News Today)

Scientists isolate new antibodies to fight human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
Researchers from VIB, UGent, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and several collaborators developed a new antiviral strategy to fight human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading... (Medical News Today)

Stressed out interferons reveal potential key to alternative lupus treatment
Only one new drug has become available over the past 50 years for the estimated 1. (Medical News Today)

Newfound effect of cancer drug may expand its use
A drug first designed to prevent cancer cells from multiplying has a second effect: it switches immune cells that turn down the body's attack on tumors back into the kind that amplify it. (Medical News Today)

Obesity may raise heart risk by triggering harmful immune response
New research suggests that obesity caused by a high-fat diet increases immune system T cells, resulting in inflammation that raises cardiovascular risk. (Medical News Today)

Research uncovers bacteria linking Crohn's disease to arthritis
Patients with Crohn's disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes abdominal pain and diarrhea, can also experience joint pain. (Medical News Today)

Malaria vaccine target's invasion partner uncovered
A team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has discovered how a promising malarial vaccine target - the protein RH5 - helps parasites to invade human red blood cells. (Medical News Today)

Cushing's syndrome: Could analyzing hair confirm diagnosis?
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health find that cortisol levels detected in hair might be able to confirm a diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Whole grains may lead to a healthier gut, better immune responses
Researchers have found that a diet rich in whole grains may raise levels of healthy gut bacteria and boost immune responses, compared with refined grains. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: Changes in immune cell composition linked to future risk
Changes in immune cell composition in breast tissue links to future risk of developing breast cancer, suggesting a role in disease progression, says study. (Medical News Today)

How to Break a Fever: Treatment Tips for Various Ages
What causes a fever, when does a fever need treatment, and what are the different ways to break a fever? Learn when a doctor should be called. (Medical News Today)

Unearthing immune responses to common drugs
Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding immune sensitivities to well-known, and commonly prescribed, medications. (Medical News Today)

Immune receptor that's typically activated by bacteria is a major contributor to bladder dysfunction in diabetes
Bladder dysfunction is a reality for about half of patients with diabetes and now scientists have evidence that an immune system receptor that's more typically activated by bacteria is a major... (Medical News Today)

A new immunologic and endocrine syndrome
After 10 years of research, a team at Université de Montréal's research centre has succeeded in deleting the Armc5 gene in experimental mice, discovering that its loss gives rise to a heretofore... (Medical News Today)

Thirdhand smoke affects weight, blood cell development in mice
The sticky residue left behind by tobacco smoke can do worse damage than stinking up furniture and discoloring walls. (Medical News Today)

Immune system genes linked to most common type of leukaemia
People who inherit genetic variants affecting the function of their immune system are at increased risk of developing the most common form of leukaemia, a major new study reveals. (Medical News Today)

Vaccine candidate offers protection from Zika virus in animal tests
A newly developed vaccine against Zika virus induces a rapid and long-lived immune response in mice and non-human primates, a Nature paper reports. (Medical News Today)

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