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2014-08-27 23:13:03

Honoring National Immunization Awareness Month, New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA explains how to identify and stay on top of immunizations for every age group. Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 27, 2014 The purpose behind vaccinations is to help "teach" the body how to effectively build up immunity for the future and fight off infectious agents that may cause disease. The immune system contains a diverse network of tissues, organs, and highly...

2014-08-06 23:06:03

Dr. Chudi Nwawka emphasizes the need of herd immunity in "Herd Immunity." West Dundee, Ill. (PRWEB) August 06, 2014 Recently, the smallpox virus that had been eradicated since 1977 made an appearance in a Food and Drug Administration laboratory. While no one was exposed to the virus, this raises the question of, “What if?” Doctor and author of new book, “Herd Immunity,” Chudi Nwawka presents a realistic prediction of what could happen if the decline of herd immunity...

2014-07-01 23:08:25

Request A Test is Offering a 5% Discount on Titer Testing in July 2014 - Use Promo Code TITER5 by July 31st to Save Brecksville, OH (PRWEB) July 01, 2014 This July, Request A Test, a leading national provider of direct to consumer lab testing is offering a 5% discount on titer testing. Customers can save by using promo code TITER5 when placing an order either online or over the phone. Titer blood testing is a simple way for a person to check their immunity to a variety of diseases. With...

2014-05-21 12:29:13

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new health study that accounts for "acquired immunity" when evaluating the risk of microbial illness from food or environmental exposures suggests that some current approaches may significantly overestimate their role in causing such illnesses. Immune status is a major factor in susceptibility to foodborne and environmental infectious diseases. By considering both the impact of acquired immunity to a pathogen and the amount of a...

Molecular Biomarkers Of Vaccine Immunity Identified
2013-12-16 12:33:15

Emory University Testing the efficacy of vaccines in clinical trials takes years, even decades. Yet challenging infections like HIV, malaria and dengue are striking today. To speed up vaccine testing, scientists at the Emory Vaccine Center have established a goal of creating a “vaccine gene chip.” This device could read the activity of all the genes in the genome in white blood cells within a few days of administration of a test vaccine. Reading such “molecular signatures” would...

2013-08-09 10:17:52

Creating an environment that nurtures the trillions of beneficial microbes in our gut and, at the same time, protects us against invasion by food-borne pathogens is a challenge. A study published on August 8 in PLOS Pathogens reveals the role of a key player in this balancing act. SIGIRR is a protein present at the surface of the cells that line the gut that dampens the innate (non-specific) immune response of these cells to bacteria. The new study, led by Xiaoxia Li (from the Lerner...

2013-07-01 23:21:42

Save 5% on all Titer lab tests from Request A Test in July 2013. Use promo code TITER5 when ordering to save. Brecksville, OH (PRWEB) July 01, 2013 This July, Request A Test, a leading national provider of direct to consumer testing is offering a 5% discount on titer testing. To save, just use promo code TITER5 when placing an order either online or over the phone. Titer testing is a simple way to determine if a person has immunity to a variety of diseases. This time of year finds many...

2013-05-28 10:22:21

A sugar polymer found on the cell surface of multiple pathogens could be key to developing a broad-spectrum vaccine Developing new vaccines to protect against diseases that plague humans is fraught with numerous challenges–one being that microbes tend to vary how they look on the surface to avoid being identified and destroyed by the immune system. However, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have discovered a sugar polymer that is common on the cell surface of...

2013-04-18 21:57:35

In a manuscript published today in Immunity, scientists at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) and the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research (BIIR) report the results of a comparative study of the molecular immune responses to influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. In addition, cutting-edge web technology was used to improve dissemination of data in order to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. The article features interactive figures that can be customized and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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