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Health News - Immune System

Cancer: New way of tracking rare T cells should improve immunotherapy
Scientists have found a way of tracking rare T cells to guide selection of cell populations in adoptive T cell transfer - a cancer immunotherapy. (Medical News Today)

Broad cancer vaccine may be out of reach
The high level of genetic diversity between individual tumors suggests that if it were to be developed, a broad cancer vaccine would be unlikely to work for more than 0. (Medical News Today)

Scientists close in on cracking 'Enigma Code' of common cold
Scientists at the Universities of York, Leeds, and Helsinki say they are a step closer to cracking, what researchers have dubbed, the 'Enigma Code' of the common cold virus. (Medical News Today)

Antimicrobial substances identified in Komodo dragon blood
In a land where survival is precarious, Komodo dragons thrive despite being exposed to scads of bacteria that would kill less hardy creatures. (Medical News Today)

A new way to inhibit inflammation
Researchers at the University of Tübingen, working with colleagues in other parts of Germany and in the United States, have identified an enzyme as a kind of biological gauge regulating... (Medical News Today)

Mouse model could shed new light on immune system response to Zika virus
A new mouse model with a working immune system could be used in laboratory research to improve understanding of Zika virus infection and aid development of new treatments, according to a study... (Medical News Today)

Skin health: Friendly bacteria keep harmful Staph in check
The mix of bacteria on our skin influences its health. Now, scientists show how harmful Staphylococcus aureus is kept in check by skin-friendly cousins. (Medical News Today)

Cytotoxic immune cell in sick and healthy skin a key to understanding vitiligo
With the aid of thousands of skin biopsies and over a hundred kilograms of skin, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have observed how two subgroups of immune cell behave in healthy skin. (Medical News Today)

HIV: Early signs and symptoms
Do the signs of HIV differ for men and women and what happens after the early stage? How is HIV transmitted and when are people contagious? (Medical News Today)

New malaria vaccine effective in clinical trial
University of Tübingen researchers in collaboration with the biotech company Sanaria Inc. (Medical News Today)

How cancers trick the immune system into helping rather than harming them
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered how certain cancers hijack the immune system for their benefit, tricking it into helping rather than harming them. (Medical News Today)

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)

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