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Scientists show how infection fighting cells form


July 10th, 2012 - 12:19 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 10 (IANS) Scientists have shown for the first time how an important class of immune cells, which spur development of antibodies to fight infections, comes into being.'Follicular dendritic ... Read more...

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Breast milk antibodies help neutralize HIV


May 23rd, 2012 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 23 (IANS) Antibodies isolated from infected mothers' breast milk can inhibit the virus that causes AIDS, says a new discovery. HIV-1 can be transmitted from mother to child ... Read more...

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Do immune cells control their own destiny?


January 9th, 2012 - 2:21 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 9 (IANS) A surprise discovery has shown how some cells may be capable of exercising control over their own destiny.Immunology researchers from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute drew ... Read more...

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New cell type boosts immunity to infection


November 30th, 2011 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 30 (IANS) A new type of cell actually boosts the body's ability to fight off infections and threatening diseases, reveals a study.It recognises lipid antigens, or foreign molecules, ... Read more...

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Major advance in fight against autoimmune diseases and allergies


April 24th, 2011 - 12:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 24 (ANI): In a major advance in the treatment of autoimmune diseases and allergies, scientists at the RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) have identified the mechanism governing ... Read more...

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Vaccine-delivering nanoparticles may help fight HIV, malaria


February 23rd, 2011 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 23 (ANI): Engineers at MIT have come up with a new type of nanoparticle that could safely and effectively deliver vaccines for diseases such as HIV and malaria.The new particles ... Read more...

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Bioengineered protein may help fight leukemia


February 19th, 2011 - 4:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 19 (ANI): Scientists have announced a breakthrough discovery in understanding how the body fights leukemia.They have identified a protein called CD19-ligand (CD19-L) located on the surface of certain white blood ... Read more...

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Scientists 1 step closer to developing treatment for chikungunya


February 16th, 2011 - 3:45 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Scientists have moved a step closer to developing a treatment for chikungunya, a disease spread by the Aedes mosquito.According to Straits Times, scientists from Singapore and France ... Read more...

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Scientists identify regulatory defect that drives lupus


February 4th, 2011 - 6:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): A group of scientists have identified a regulatory defect that drives lupus.Correcting the defect 'may represent an effective therapeutic approach to systemic lupus erythematosus-like autoimmune disease,' according to ... Read more...

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Scientists identify new ‘infection fighting officer’


December 10th, 2010 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 10 (ANI): Johns Hopkins scientists have identified a previously unrecognized step in the activation of infection-fighting white blood cells, the main immunity troops in the body's war on bacteria, viruses ... Read more...

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Novel discoveries offer new ways to design HIV vaccine


September 30th, 2010 - 3:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 30 (ANI): Paving a new way for designing AIDS vaccines, researchers have made novel discoveries about the immune defenses of rare HIV patients who produce antibodies that prevent infection.Researchers at ... Read more...

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Starting HIV treatment early preserves immune function


September 29th, 2010 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 29 (ANI): A new study has found that HIV-infected individuals who begin antiretroviral therapy (ART) soon after acquiring the virus may have stronger immune responses to other pathogens than HIV-infected ... Read more...

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Molecular gatekeeper of arthritis identified


September 9th, 2010 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 9 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that elimination of a molecular gatekeeper leads to the development of arthritis in mice.The newly discovered gatekeeper is a protein that determines the fate ... Read more...

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Trigger to early, effective antibody response discovered


July 7th, 2010 - 5:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 7 (ANI): American scientists have discovered a trigger that induces B cells to produce effective and long-lived antibodies early in the immune response.The researchers at National Jewish Health found ... Read more...

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Defects in immune system enzyme ‘raise arthritis, diabetes risk’


June 17th, 2010 - 5:24 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 17 (ANI): Scientists have discovered that rare variants in the gene coding an enzyme that controls the activity of a key immune cell occur more frequently in individuals with autoimmune ... Read more...

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Good guys among bacteria bolster our immune system


June 15th, 2010 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 15 (IANS) Scientists have long known that certain types of bacteria boost the immune system and now researchers have discovered exactly how bacteria perform this essential task. The human body is ... Read more...

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How bacteria give a boost to the immune system


June 15th, 2010 - 4:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 15 (ANI): Loyola University Health System researchers have discovered how certain types of bacteria boost the immune system.Senior author Katherine L. Knight, and colleagues report their discovery in a featured ... Read more...

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Scientists find new way to attack cancerous cells


June 8th, 2010 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 8 (ANI): A new way to target and destroy a type of cancerous cell has been discovered by Scripps Research Institute scientists.The finding may lead to the development of new ... Read more...

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Boffins discover control mechanism behind autoimmune diseases


May 5th, 2010 - 4:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 5 (ANI): A new control mechanism in our immune system has been discovered by researchers at Karolinska Institutet.The discovery is of potential significance to the treatment of serious diseases such ... Read more...

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‘Junk’ DNA behind cancer growth


May 3rd, 2010 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI
Researchers from the University of Leeds, UK, the Charite University Medical School and the Max Delbruck Centre for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin, Germany, have identified how 'junk' DNA promotes the growth ... Read more...

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Biological catch-22 prevents generation of HIV blocking antibodies


December 16th, 2009 - 4:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 16 (ANI): In the run to make an AIDS vaccine, scientists are caught in a biological catch-22 position that has prevented the induction of antibodies, which block the HIV virus.The ... Read more...

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Blood samples yield clues to help fight cancers


November 24th, 2009 - 1:45 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 24 (IANS) A study of blood samples from patients of bone marrow transplants has yielded clues that could help fight cancers and auto-immune diseases. B cells, the immune cells that ... Read more...

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Healthy adults’ immune system primed to ward off 2009 H1N1 influenza


November 17th, 2009 - 4:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 17 (ANI): Healthy adults may have a level of protective immune memory that can blunt the severity of infection caused by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, according to a new ... Read more...

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Gene mutation that makes the body ‘forget’ it’s been vaccinated identified


November 9th, 2009 - 12:05 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Nov 9 (ANI): A mutation in the gene, called Dock8, could make the body 'forget' it has ever been vaccinated-a discovery that could lead to better vaccinations.Clinical immunologist Dr Katrina Randall ... Read more...

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Common pain relievers may blunt the effect of flu shots


November 4th, 2009 - 2:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 4 (ANI): Using common painkillers - Advil, Tylenol, aspirin - at the time of getting flu shot may weaken the effect of the injection and have a negative effect on ... Read more...

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Cure for multiple sclerosis now possible


August 13th, 2009 - 1:09 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Aug 13 (IANS) Canadian researchers have successfully reversed multiple sclerosis in rodents, spelling hope for humans. Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease in which the body's own immune response attacks the central ... Read more...

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Boffins successfully reverse multiple sclerosis in mice


August 12th, 2009 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 12 (ANI): In a breakthrough study, researchers have successfully reversed multiple sclerosis in mice with the help of a new experimental treatment.According to researchers at the Jewish General Hospital Lady ... Read more...

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Stem cells hold great promise for regenerating insulin-secreting tissues (Part - II)


July 20th, 2009 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI
By Dr. Vikas AhluwaliaIn his view, while cadaveric islets are currently the mainstay of endocrine cell replacement, alternative cell sources, such as stem cells hold great promise to provide a ready ... Read more...

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HIV-1 destroys immune response in the gut within days of infection


July 7th, 2009 - 11:59 am ICT by ANI
Washington, July 7 (ANI): Researchers have found that HIV-1 virus moves rapidly in the body, and damages the B-cell antibody-producing system in the gut, within days of infection.The study by Centre for ... Read more...

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New technique to predict fatal fungal infections risk in HIV+ patients


June 16th, 2009 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 16 (ANI): A research team including an Indian origin scientist from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has identified cells in blood that can help predict which HIV-positive ... Read more...

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New mouse model gives important insights into emergence, progress of multiple sclerosis


June 11th, 2009 - 11:40 am ICT by ANI
London, June 11 (ANI): Scientists have gained some important new insights into the emergence and progress of multiple sclerosis (MS), a very complex disease of the nervous system, using a new animal ... Read more...

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New DNA-like compounds show promise to treat lupus


May 28th, 2009 - 12:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 28 (ANI): A University of Iowa researcher has announced the creation of DNA-like compounds that effectively inhibit the cells responsible for systemic lupus erythematosus, an incurable chronic autoimmune condition that ... Read more...

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Computer-based model sheds new light on body’s immune response to flu


May 19th, 2009 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 19 (ANI): Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have revealed that a computer-based model made by them has been able to capture the body's immune response to flu. ... Read more...

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Mathematical model developed to predict the immune response to influenza


May 14th, 2009 - 5:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 14 (ANI): Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a mathematical model that can predict the immune responses to infection with influenza A viruses, including novel viruses such as ... Read more...

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Discovery to help trick body into accepting transplants


January 24th, 2009 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 24 (IANS) A discovery can trick the body into accepting tissues or transplants as its own, eliminating the necessity for immunity suppressing medicines.Stacey Walters, a researcher in immunology at Garvan ... Read more...

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