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Health News - Immune System

Scientists uncover potential trigger to kill cancer
Melbourne researchers have discovered a new way of triggering cell death, in a finding that could lead to drugs to treat cancer and autoimmune disease. (Medical News Today)

Why malnutrition is an immune disorder
Malnourished children are most likely to die from common infections, not starvation alone, and immune disorder may be part of the cause, according to a review led by Queen Mary University of London. (Medical News Today)

Does discrimination contribute to lower rates of flu vaccination in racial/ethnic minorities?
Yearly flu shots are strongly recommended for adults with certain chronic illnesses, but patients of racial/ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive them. (Medical News Today)

Cancer immunotherapy 'takes the brakes off natural killer cells'
Researchers suggest removing a protein that acts as a brake on natural killer cells could boost the immune system's ability to destroy cancer cells. (Medical News Today)

Does sepsis keep killing months later?
Researchers set out to discover if the risk of death from sepsis continues even after the acute infection has been cured.It's known that many patients die in the months and years after sepsis. (Medical News Today)

Ovarian cancer: Immunotherapy may overcome chemotherapy resistance
One barrier to successful ovarian cancer treatment is that eventually the cancer becomes resistant to chemotherapy. Researchers suggest immunotherapy may be a way to overcome this. (Medical News Today)

Zika virus protein could be vaccine target
A viral protein known as NS5 is a promising target for vaccines against Zika and related viruses, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and colleagues at Mount Sinai's Icahn... (Medical News Today)

You are what you eat: Immune cells remember their first meal
Scientists at the University of Bristol have identified the trigger for immune cells' inflammatory response - a discovery that may pave the way for new treatments for many human diseases. (Medical News Today)

Combining radiation with immunotherapy showing promise against melanoma
Combining radiation treatments with a new generation of immunotherapies is showing promise as a one-two-punch against melanoma, Loyola Medicine researchers report in the Journal of Radiation... (Medical News Today)

Healthy intestinal flora keeps the mind sharp - with some help from the immune system
A special kind of immune cell serves as an intermediary between gut bacteria and the brain. Dr. (Medical News Today)

Fighting cancer with the help of someone else's immune cells
A new step in cancer immunotherapy: researchers from the University of Oslo/Oslo University Hospital and the Netherlands Cancer Institute show that even if one's own immune cells cannot recognize... (Medical News Today)

Strategy for depleting immune cells implicated in asthma-associated inflammation
Patients with asthma have chronic lung inflammation that results in sporadic narrowing of the airways and difficulty breathing. (Medical News Today)

Drones to deliver blood supplies in Rwanda
A new project in Rwanda will use drones to deliver essential medical supplies, such as blood for transfusions, to remote regions of the country. (Medical News Today)

Cancer can be combated with reprogrammed macrophage cells
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have generated antibodies that reprogramme a type of macrophage cell in the tumour, making the immune system better able to recognise and kill tumour... (Medical News Today)

Fine-tuning for intestinal immune cells
An international team of researchers under the leadership of the LIMES Institute and the excellence cluster ImmunoSensation of the University of Bonn unraveled a new regulatory mechanism how food... (Medical News Today)

Type 1 diabetes may be triggered by bacteria
Some forms of bacteria may cause killer T cells to destroy insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, leading to type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Immunization with bacteria promotes stress resilience, coping behaviors in mice
Approach also prevents stress-induced symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. (Medical News Today)

Improving natural killer cancer therapy: Study
Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have discovered a potential way to "tune up" the immune system's ability to kill cancer cells.In a paper published recently, Eric Sebzda, Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

HIV vaccine design should adapt as HIV virus mutates
Human immunodeficiency virus is known to be a highly variable virus that adapts to a person's immune response during the lifetime infection, and a new study published in Nature Medicine shows that... (Medical News Today)

Patients with coeliac disease should receive pneumonia vaccine
Researchers have found that patients with coeliac disease are at high risk of acquiring pneumonia if they haven't received the pneumococcal vaccine. (Medical News Today)

Two-minute video boosts pneumonia vaccinations
Many older adults don't get pneumococcal vaccination. A simple two-minute video about pneumococcal vaccination sent to patients before a primary care visit tripled the likelihood they would get... (Medical News Today)

Immune system link to dementia
An out of control immune system has been identified as a possible cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

Recurrence of thymic tumors caused by heat-shock proteins
In most cases, tumors of the thymus gland are removed by surgical resection. However, they recur after a few years in up to one third of patients. (Medical News Today)

Hay fever's hidden supporting substances
Non-allergenic substances in pollen heighten the immune response.Up to now, research into pollen allergies has largely focused on allergens - those components of pollen that trigger... (Medical News Today)

What the Disneyland measles outbreak of 2014-15 can teach us about how stories go viral
New Study Examines What Makes News Articles About Vaccination Compelling.New research published Wednesday in the journal Vaccine revealed a key factor for what it takes to make an article about... (Medical News Today)

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