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2013-08-12 14:16:37

The growth of deadly plaque inside the walls of arteries may not happen as scientists believed, research from the University of Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital has found. The research also suggests a new potential target in the treatment of atherosclerosis, a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and death globally. The research team found that macrophages, white blood cells that drive atherosclerosis, replicate inside plaques. Moreover, this growth is not reliant on cells...

2013-08-12 11:28:38

Proliferation of immune cells within plaques is key mechanism, potential treatment target New insights into the development of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques could lead to better treatment or prevention of heart attacks and strokes. In a report being published online in Nature Medicine, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Systems Biology re-evaluated previous assumptions regarding the role of inflammatory cells in atherosclerosis and found that the...

2013-07-23 12:12:08

Researchers have uncovered a signal that prevents the immune system from spinning out of control. The findings could help develop more effective therapies for autoimmune disorders, allergies, chronic inflammation and cancer. A team led by a University of Arizona researcher has discovered a previously unknown mechanism that prevents the immune system from going into overdrive, shedding light not only on how our body controls its response to pathogens but on conditions such as autoimmune...

2013-07-17 11:07:59

1. Scientists at A*STAR’s Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) have discovered a new class of white blood cells in human lung and gut tissues that play a critical role as the first line of defense against harmful fungal and bacterial infections. This research will have significant impact on the design of vaccines and targeted immunotherapies for diseases caused by infectious microbes such as the hospital-acquired pneumonia. 2. The scientists also showed for the first time...

2013-07-10 19:27:25

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center report the identification of a new cellular source for an important disease-fighting protein used in the body's earliest response to infection. The protein interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) keeps viruses from replicating and stimulates the immune system to produce other disease-fighting agents. Neutrophils, the newly identified cellular source of the protein, are the major component of the pus that forms around injured tissue. The...

2013-06-20 23:11:06

Treatment with recently identified molecule helps neutrophils travel to site of injury, may reduce sepsis, other complications Advances in emergency medicine and trauma surgery have had a significant impact on survival of patients in the days immediately after major injuries, including burns. Patients who survive the immediate aftermath of their injuries now are at greatest risk from infections — particularly the overwhelming, life-threatening immune reaction known as sepsis —...

Sturdier Immune System May Explain Why Women Live Longer
2013-05-16 09:14:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Women's immune systems age more slowly than men's, which may contribute to their longer average lifespans, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal Immunity & Ageing. The study by Japanese researchers found that levels of key white blood cells responsible for fighting off infections decline faster in ageing men than they do in women. The average life expectancy in the US is 76.0 years for men and 80.9...

2013-04-22 14:15:38

UC San Francisco Study Examines Role of Immune Cell in Triggering Muscle Regrowth UC San Francisco scientists have discovered that muscle repair requires the action of two types of cells better known for causing inflammation and forming fat. The finding in mice, published in the April 11 issue of Cell, showed that a well-known immune cell called the eosinophil  [ee-oh-SIN-oh-fil] carries out the beneficial role in two ways — by clearing out cellular debris from damaged tissue...

Portable Counter For White Blood Cells Being Developed
2013-03-26 10:25:03

California Institute of Technology White blood cells, or leukocytes, are the immune system's warriors. So when an infection or disease attacks the body, the system typically responds by sending more white blood cells into the fray. This means that checking the number of these cells is a relatively easy way to detect and monitor such conditions. Currently, most white blood cell counts are performed with large-scale equipment in central clinical laboratories. If a physician collects blood...

2013-01-03 13:36:00

New research published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that Porphyromonas gingivalis causes excess IL-10 production, which inhibits the immune cells interferon gamma leading to infection A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease--Porphyromonas gingivalis--manipulates the body's immune system to disable normal processes that would otherwise destroy it. Specifically, the report shows that this...


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