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Latest Reproductive immunology Stories

2012-04-16 09:57:43

Loyola researchers are reporting surprising findings about a molecule that helps ramp up the immune system in some cases and suppress it in others. The finding eventually could lead to new drugs to regulate the immune system by, for example, revving it up to attack tumor cells or tamping it down to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs. The study is published online ahead of print in the Journal of Immunology. Senior author is Makio Iwashima, PhD, an associate professor in the...

2012-03-21 15:04:12

Maternal-fetal interactions explored in topical issue of Advances in Neuroimmune Biology Fertility problems, recurrent miscarriages, and pregnancy complications can occur when maternal immunological tolerance of the fetus is impaired. Gérard Chaouat and colleagues from Inserm et Assistance Publique et Université Paris Sud Orsay, Hopital Antoine Bèclère, Clamart Cedex, France (now in Hopital Saint Louis, Paris), trace the evolution of the...

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2010-06-17 08:28:31

University of Michigan and NIH scientists find a biological mechanism to explain the phenomenon During pregnancy, many women experience remission of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and uveitis. Now, scientists have described a biological mechanism responsible for changes in the immune system that helps to explain the remission. The expression of an enzyme known as pyruvate kinase is reduced in immune cells in pregnant women compared to non-pregnant women, according to Howard R....

2006-07-27 15:39:11

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For women who experience repeated unexplained miscarriages, the combination of prednisone, aspirin, folate, and progesterone increases their chances of having baby, a team of clinicians from Austria reports in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Repeat or "recurrent" miscarriage is defined as at least three consecutive spontaneous pregnancy losses before 20 weeks of gestation. While higher maternal age, smoking, drinking, and other factors can raise the...

2004-11-26 12:00:09

Women with recurrent miscarriage and infertility were warned Friday to be careful about tests and treatments they may take. Researchers in this week's British Medical Journal said such women often are undergoing treatment that has no scientific rationale and are linked with known risks to mother and fetus. The report said fertility clinics are increasingly offering women tests to measure the number and activity of natural killer cells circulating in their blood. These cells are found...

2004-11-26 09:00:11

Women suffering fertility problems and repeated miscarriages are being subjected to useless tests and treatments, researchers warned today. As well as having no scientific rationale, the treatments also risk dangerous side-effects to both mother and foetus, they said. The researchers said infertile women who were vulnerable to 'financial exploitation' were also at risk of being exposed to powerful treatments for which the evidence of effectiveness was unknown. Fertility clinics are...