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2009-07-13 12:45:00

UCLA scientists have discovered a way to measure the amount of amyloid beta that is being absorbed by immune cells in the blood. Amyloid beta forms the plaques considered the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, and if the immune system isn't adequately clearing amyloid beta, it may indicate Alzheimer's risk, according to the researchers.MP Biomedicals LLC, a global life sciences and diagnostics company dedicated to Alzheimer's disease research, has received an exclusive, worldwide license to...

2009-06-16 10:47:02

Cells called monocytes that sport a cellular receptor known as beta-2 integrin CD11c begin to accumulate lipids while still circulating in the blood stream, accelerating processes that lead to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, before they even stick to the artery wall, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the current edition of the journal Circulation. "We've known that CD11c plays a key role in white blood cell adhesion to the lining of the...

2009-03-03 10:54:23

U.S. medical scientists say they've found a new origin for an immune system response that is critical during the first stages of a viral or bacterial attack. Duke University Medical Center researchers say they've determined the body's defense against viruses and harmful bacteria comes from an entirely different direction than previously thought. This finding will have important implications in vaccine science and autoimmune disease therapy development, said Dr. Michael Gunn, senior author of...

2009-02-19 23:48:32

Inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis cause fatigue because white blood cells -- monocytes -- infiltrate the brain, Canadian researchers said. Senior author Dr. Mark Swain of the University of Calgary and colleagues found that in mice with inflamed livers monocytes infiltrated the brain. These findings support previous research demonstrating the presence of immune cells in the brain following organ inflammation, challenging the long-held belief that the blood-brain barrier prevents...

2008-12-23 09:06:43

Immune cells implicated in fatal seizures NYU Langone Medical Center scientists and their collaborators at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., have discovered an unexpected cause for the fatal seizures seen in mice with viral meningitis, an infection of the central nervous system, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The finding may lead to a new way of thinking about how the human immune system responds to viral diseases. The NYU researchers, Michael L....

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2008-11-27 10:06:17

Irregular, heavy drinking pattern clogs blood vessels As the holidays arrive, a group of researchers has identified the precise mechanisms by which binge drinking contributes to clogs in arteries that lead to heart attack and stroke, according to a study published today in the journal Atherosclerosis. The works adds to a growing body of evidence that drinking patterns matter as much, if not more, to risk for cardiovascular disease than the total amount consumed. According to the National...

2005-06-22 13:00:00

Physicians might one day be able to treat a disease that destroys brain cells in children using genetically modified cells to transport a "drug" to the site of the dying neural cells (cells that transmit impulses). This discovery occurred based on results of a laboratory study of the technique published by investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A report on this work appears in the prepublication online issue of Blood. There is currently no cure for such disorders, which are...

2005-05-27 22:55:00

Boston, MA - With the unusual opportunity that human leprosy infections provide for study of human immune responses, scientists have discovered how the body's early warning system prompts a rapid immune response by two separate armies of defensive cells. The finding helps explain why, when threatened by microbes like the leprosy bug, this initial defense sometimes succeeds in limiting the damage, but in other cases yields to a dangerous, spreading infection. Led by Stephan R. Krutzik of UCLA,...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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