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2010-06-15 15:12:16

Scientists have long known that certain types of bacteria boost the immune system. Now, Loyola University Health System researchers have discovered how bacteria perform this essential task. Senior author Katherine L. Knight, PhD. and colleagues report their discovery in a featured article in the June 15, 2010, issue of the Journal of Immunology, now available online. Knight is professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of...

2009-08-17 11:17:00

--However, Animal Study Also Points Toward Strategies for Success-- PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pediatric researchers have resolved an apparent contradiction in the field of prenatal cell transplantation -- a medical approach that holds future promise in correcting sickle cell disease and other serious congenital blood disorders. In a new study in animals, the researchers showed that the mother's immune response interferes with the offspring's earlier ability to...

2009-04-10 08:36:09

Scientists at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) and the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) School of Medicine have demonstrated in mice that transplanted pancreatic precursor cells are protected from the immune system when encapsulated in polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE). The study, which suggests a new approach to treating Type 1 diabetes, was published online on April 8 in the journal Transplantation.The team of scientists showed that after transplantation, the...

2009-02-26 08:48:00

Findings have implications for treating returning vets and others exposed to laser burns BOSTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists at Schepens Eye Research Institute have shown for the first time that a laser burn to one retina can cause both eyes to lose a special protective ability known as immune privilege. Immune privilege protects the eye without the inflammation of the body's normal immune response, which can further damage delicate eye tissue. This finding, published in...

2008-08-28 21:00:13

By Mike Waites Health Correspondent The killer cells are part of the body's immune system which have been shown to destroy cancers in the test tube.But the cells also produce chemicals which direct the activity of other parts of the immune system, effectively sounding an alarm directing the body to attack infections.Now a research team from York University's Centre for Immunology and Infection has shown for the first timer that the cells also do the opposite and make chemicals which can...

2008-07-13 21:00:08

IN the last two decades, there has been a lot of attention on the body's defence (immune) system as the foundation of health. Researchers now know a lot more about how the immune system works and realise that it is the ultimate basis of how well we feel and how we respond to health challenges. Just how important is the immune system? For example, a patient with active tuberculosis (TB) gets on a flight to London. Of the 300 passengers on that flight, 50 subsequently tested positive...

2005-06-21 18:35:00

Scientists at The Schepens Eye Research Institute have discovered that a protein known as F4/80 found on immune cells in the eye and other parts of the body may have a function in the regulation of the body's immune response and protect delicate tissues that cannot survive the "inflammation" inherent in full-blown immunity. "We believe that this discovery may ultimately help in the development of therapies for blinding eye diseases such as macular degeneration and autoimmune diseases that...

2005-06-21 17:35:00

The immune system is a complex and powerful weapon that provides protection against bacteria and viruses that, if left unchecked, would wreak havoc throughout the human body. The ability of the immune system to recognize the body's own tissues is essential, but sometimes the immune system loses the ability to distinguish "self" from potentially harmful invaders. This can lead to autoimmune disease characterized by destruction of healthy tissues. Although it is not clear exactly what causes...

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,...