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2012-10-23 20:33:07

Lead scientist Professor Simon Cutting, from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, has developed the jabs through the use of probiotic spores. He carried out fundamental studies into the biology of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis which attracted the attention of microbiologists due to its ability to form spores that can last millions of years before germinating under the appropriate environmental conditions. Professor Cutting says: "The mechanisms by which this process...

2012-07-24 10:23:48

PLYMOUTH, Minn., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Jeffrey Modell Foundation (JMF), in partnership with CSL Behring, has designated the Midwest Immunology Clinic in Plymouth, Minnesota as a Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies (PI). The Center is headed by Ralph Shapiro, M.D. and is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and care of people who have PI and autoimmune disorders. "This is a very exciting day for Midwest Immunology Clinic," said Dr. Shapiro. "We are...

2012-05-09 21:12:12

Infectious diseases–both old and new–continue to exact a devastating toll, causing some 13 million fatalities per year around the world. Vaccines remain the best line of defense against deadly pathogens and now Kathryn Sykes and Stephen Johnston, researchers at Arizona State University´s Biodesign Institute, along with co-author Michael McGuire from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center are using clever functional screening methods to attempt to speed new...

2012-04-17 06:27:38

WHITEFISH, Mont., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A strong healthy immune system is the first line of defense against illness and critical to achieving maximum health and wellness. Unfortunately, as millions of people across the world know, achieving and maintaining a strong immune system in the face of stress, illness and nutritional deficiencies is becoming increasingly difficult. 24ravens, a nutraceutical company committed to enhancing global wellness, has now unveiled...

Compounds In Product Packaging Lessen Effectiveness Of Some Vaccinations
2012-01-25 13:07:54

Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a synthetic class of chemicals which are found in a variety of everyday items, have been found in the human body decades after exposure and are believed to lead to earlier menopause and reduced fertility among women. Some of the products that PFCs are found in include non-stick frying pans, waterproof clothing and fast food wrappers. A new study is bringing to light clues that high exposure to PFCs in the womb or in childhood could also limit the protection...

2012-01-25 04:47:41

Elevated exposures in children to perfluorinated compounds, which are widely used in manufacturing and food packaging, were associated with lower antibody responses to routine childhood immunizations, according to a study in the January 25 issue of JAMA. "Fluorine-substituted organic compounds have thousands of important industrial and manufacturing applications and occur widely in surfactants and repellants in food packaging and textile impregnation. The perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)...

Reasons For Measles High-Contagiousness Pinpointed
2011-11-05 04:59:44

An international team of researchers say that they have discovered how and why the measles virus spreads so quickly -- respiratory secretions linked to a key receptor located in the trachea. In a Friday press release, officials with INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale), who was involved with the work, report that this receptor, known as nectine-4, "allows the virus to spread through the air rapidly from one organism to another."...

2011-07-11 20:11:58

Researchers at the Emory Vaccine Center have developed a method for predicting whether someone will produce high levels of antibodies against a flu shot a few days after vaccination. After scanning the extent to which carefully selected genes are turned on in white blood cells, the researchers can predict on day three, with up to 90 percent accuracy, who will make high levels of antibodies against a standard flu shot four weeks later. The results were published online July 10 in the journal...

2011-07-05 06:58:56

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new class of therapeutics, known as recombinant attenuated Salmonella vaccines (RASV), may fight against fatal diseases such as hepatitis B, tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid fever, AIDS and pneumonia, according to a new study. Researchers from Arizona State University have developed a way to make these vaccines safer and more effective. They demonstrated that a modified strain of Salmonella showed a five-fold reduction in virulence in mice, while preserving strong...

2011-06-08 15:58:06

Killer T Cells Activated to Bring Extra Protection Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered how to prime a second arm of the immune system to potentially boost influenza vaccine effectiveness. A combination of two adjuvants, chemicals used to boost the effectiveness of some vaccines, induced CD8, or killer, T cells to join antibodies in response to influenza infection. Since the killer T cells targeted a highly conserved protein that does not change from year to year, the...