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Health News - Immune System

Pinterest and the prevalence of anti-vaccine rhetoric
Researchers investigate anti-vaccine 'pins' on Pinterest and discuss the impact of social network sites on the dissemination of scientific information. (Medical News Today)

Mosquitos and Zika: the insect behind the outbreak
Mosquitos are the most deadly creature on the planet, transmitting diseases such as malaria and Zika. Learn more about these insects and what is being done to stop them. (Medical News Today)

How gut inflammation sparks colon cancer
Chronic inflammation in the gut increases the risk of colon cancer by as much as 500 percent, and now Duke University researchers think they know why. (Medical News Today)

Tuning macrophages a 'breakthrough' in cancer immunotherapy
Similar to stem cells differentiating to make your body's tissues, the immune system's macrophages pick a life path, differentiating into macrophages that recruit resources for wound repair or... (Medical News Today)

Neurobiological changes explain how mindfulness meditation improves health
Over the past decade, mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve a broad range of health and disease outcomes, such as slowing HIV progression and improving healthy aging. (Medical News Today)

Study reveals how herpes virus tricks the immune system
With over half the U.S. population infected, most people are familiar with the pesky cold sore outbreaks caused by the herpes virus. (Medical News Today)

Fighting flu with designer drugs: a new compound given before or after exposure fends off different influenza strains
A study published in PLOS Pathogens reports that a new antiviral drug protects mice against a range of influenza virus strains. (Medical News Today)

Researchers uncover new piece of the HIV puzzle
A research project headed by Henrik Kloeverpris, a postdoc at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen, shows that the so-called ILCs (innate lymphoid cells) ... (Medical News Today)

Whooping cough booster vouchers don't boost immunization rates of caregivers
Cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have increased dramatically over the past five years, putting infants at risk of serious illness or death. (Medical News Today)

80% of liver cancer deaths can be prevented says World Hepatitis Alliance
On World Cancer Day, the World Hepatitis Alliance is calling for the establishment of comprehensive hepatitis strategies to help prevent the 800,000 liver cancer deaths each year. (Medical News Today)

Using mathematics to improve human health
Scientists at the Universities of York and Torino have used mathematics as a tool to provide precise details of the structure of protein nanoparticles, potentially making them more useful in... (Medical News Today)

Sharpin emerges from the pack as a regulator of inflammation
It is normal--in fact necessary--for our immune system to occasionally fly into an inflammatory rage to defend the host (us) against pathogens or even tumor cells. (Medical News Today)

New light shed on anti-adhesive molecule in the vascular endothelium
Researchers from the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Department of Ophthalmology and the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear have gained new insight into how a... (Medical News Today)

Adenosine deaminase may help the immune system fight HIV on its own
New research findings published in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, suggest that a new therapeutic strategy for HIV may already be available by repurposing an existing... (Medical News Today)

Sanofi Pasteur to leverage its strong vaccine legacy in hunt for Zika vaccine
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today that it has launched a vaccine research and development project targeting the prevention of Zika virus infection and disease. (Medical News Today)

Flu vaccine shows promise for reducing risk of influenza-associated atrial fibrillation
Influenza is significantly associated with an increased risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation, which could be reduced through influenza vaccination, according to new findings reported HeartRhythm. (Medical News Today)

Drug that could aid in vaccines activates innate immune system in novel way: UTSW study
A new drug with the potential to aid in vaccine development has been identified by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center."The drug we made appears safe, and boosts immunity in mice. (Medical News Today)

Zika virus vaccine a step closer
Researchers are confident of quickly finding a vaccine for the Zika virus following the development of a vaccine for a similar mosquito-borne disease. (Medical News Today)

Study examines long-term effectiveness of hepatitis A vaccination in children
In a follow-up study of children who were vaccinated against hepatitis A virus at ages 6 to 21 months, most children who were vaccinated at 12 or 15 months continued to have anti-hepatitis A... (Medical News Today)

HIV vaccines produce significant immune response in randomized trial
According to a randomized trial published in Annals of Internal Medicine, two novel vaccines for the prevention of HIV-1 produced significant immune response in healthy adults without HIV infection. (Medical News Today)

Bacteria critical to early immune development partly restored in infants born by C-section
By swabbing babies born by C-section with their mothers' birth fluid, researchers partially restored the mix of bacteria that coat a newborn's body when delivered vaginally. (Medical News Today)

Chronic pain may be linked to genetic changes in the immune system
Chronic pain following injury may involve epigenetic changes, implying a potential future role for medications that target specific genes. (Medical News Today)

Children's food allergies related to immunosuppression
An immune response in the intestines appears to lead to childhood allergies and also explains why children often grow out of allergies as they become adults. (Medical News Today)

Keeping immune cells quiet on a diet?
A population of suppressive T cells in the small intestines of mice prevents immune responses to solid foods, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Autism caused by immune response to viral infection during pregnancy?
Links between viral infection during pregnancy and autism grow ever stronger. The latest study investigates the role of T helper cells and specific cytokines. (Medical News Today)

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