immune cells

Proteins’ absence causes diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis


September 10th, 2012 - 12:40 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 10 (IANS) The absence of related protein molecules, Puma and Bin, prompts immune cells to turn against human organs they are meant to protect and cause type-1 diabets ... Read more...

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Key cell signals inhibit babies’ ability to fight infection


August 8th, 2012 - 11:25 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 8 (IANS) Infants are prone to sickness due to under-developed immune systems, but it may be possible to activate crucial cells to help them fight off diseases from ... Read more...

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Drug boosts body’s receptivity to Vitamin D


July 31st, 2012 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 31 (IANS) Patients taking interferon-beta, a drug for multiple sclerosis (MS), received almost three times as much vitamin D from sun exposure than those not taking the treatment, ... Read more...

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New treatment could halt arthritis spread


July 31st, 2012 - 12:20 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 31 (IANS) Researchers have developed a potential new approach to treat chronic diseases such as arthritis, which involves the inflammation of one or more bone joints.David Fairlie and ... Read more...

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Skin bugs protects body from infection


July 29th, 2012 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 29 (IANS) Bugs that normally inhabit the skin may actually protect the body from infection, shows a study.By the virtue of being the largest organ of the body, ... Read more...

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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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Stress can be good for immune system


June 22nd, 2012 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 22 (IANS) Stress is bad for you -- you've heard it a thousand times. But it can be good for your immune system, says a study. Short-term stress, ... Read more...

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Scientists figure out why foetus is not rejected


June 10th, 2012 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 10 (IANS) An important discovery seems to answer a question that has long perplexed scientists - why a mother's immune system does not reject a developing foetus as ... Read more...

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Weight loss lowers diabetics’ risk of heart attacks


May 4th, 2012 - 1:15 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 4 (IANS) If obese people with Type 2 diabetes lose even six kilos, it will reduce their arterial stiffness by 20 percent and also the risk of heart ... Read more...

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Rogue DNA could trip the heart


April 26th, 2012 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 26 (IANS) DNA from the heart's own cells may unwittingly activate the body's immune system, tripping the heart, according to a study by British and Japanese researchers.Scientists from ... Read more...

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Discovery could lead to ‘next-gen’ vaccines


April 8th, 2012 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 8 (IANS) The discovery of how a vital immune cell recognises dead and damaged body cells could open the way to next-gen vaccines that are more effective and ... Read more...

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Exposure to dirt in childhood promotes immunity


March 26th, 2012 - 7:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 26 (IANS) The concept of exposing infants to germs in order to build up immunity is known as the hygiene hypothesis. Now, researchers of Brigham and Women's Hospital ... Read more...

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Cancer drug successfully purges hidden HIV virus


March 9th, 2012 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 9 (IANS) Researchers have flushed HIV infection from hiding, with a drug used to target lymphoma, a cancer affecting immune cells, potentially opening the way to an AIDS ... Read more...

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Discovery could prevent deaths from severe flu outbreaks


March 1st, 2012 - 4:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 1 (IANS) Researchers have stumbled on a new discovery that may help prevent deaths from severe flu outbreaks and also lung injuries, especially among seemingly healthy people.Specifically, the ... Read more...

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Protein knocks out HIV by starving it of raw materials


February 13th, 2012 - 12:31 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) A protein knocks out the most virulent form of HIV by starving it of the raw materials it needs to reproduce, in order to protect out ... Read more...

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Ex-IITian NRI’s $5 mn gift to cancer research project


January 27th, 2012 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Jan 27 (IANS) Living up to his promise made nearly four years ago, a US-based Indian and IT entrepreneur Friday came to his alma-mater Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) ... 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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Moderate exercise can stave off cold, cough


January 6th, 2012 - 2:47 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 6 (IANS) Regular moderate exercise can stave off the risk of common cold, but running marathons can make you more susceptible to such infections. Upper respiratory tract infections ... Read more...

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Re-engineered toxins can treat asthma, arthritis


January 2nd, 2012 - 3:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 2 (IANS) Millions suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, psoriasis and other diseases may find succour in an unexpected source -- lethal toxins produced by the Clostridium botulinum bug, ... Read more...

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Scientists stumble on immune cells in human spleen


December 26th, 2011 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 26 (IANS) Scientists have stumbled on the presence of neutrophils in the spleen, located on the opposite side of the liver, even without an infection. Neutrophils are the ... Read more...

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‘Pep talk’ can revive exhausted immune cells: Study


December 14th, 2011 - 3:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 14 (IANS) Chronic infections stay on because they wear the immune system out, which immunologists describe as exhaustion. Yet exhausted immune cells can be revived by introduction of ... Read more...

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Breakthrough may pave way for new malaria drugs


November 27th, 2011 - 2:21 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 27 (IANS) Researchers have shown how the malaria parasite can survive in a type of white blood cell in the spleen -- a breakthrough that could lead to ... Read more...

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Immune cells govern response to alcohol


September 30th, 2011 - 1:35 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 30 (IANS) Your immune cells could be governing your response to alcohol -- a finding that could help reduce alcohol dependence.Mark Hutchinson, research fellow at the University of ... Read more...

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Scientists tame HIV by stripping it of cholesterol


September 29th, 2011 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 29 (IANS) Ridding HIV of its cholesterol content deactivates the deadly virus' ability to trick the immune system and infect the body.The finding could remove a major hurdle ... Read more...

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‘Promiscuous parasites’ can make you reckless


September 22nd, 2011 - 4:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) A class of 'promiscuous parasites' can sneak into your bloodstream and brain, triggering behavioural changes from recklessness to neuroticism.Toxoplasma gondii, a highly contagious protozoa, infects more ... Read more...

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‘Bouncer’ protein halts rheumatoid arthritis


September 22nd, 2011 - 4:40 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) Researchers have figured out how the immune cells of rheumatoid arthritis patients become hyperactive and attack their joints and bones. It is because these cells lose ... Read more...

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Mother’s diet linked with child’s allergies


September 9th, 2011 - 5:19 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 9 (IANS) A woman's diet during pregnancy could be linked with allergies her child develops later on.Research found that if a mother's diet contains a certain group of ... Read more...

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Sex hormone protects men from allergies


July 27th, 2011 - 5:41 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 27 (IANS) Men can better fight inflammatory diseases as compared to women, thanks to their sex hormones that are known as testoterones, claims a German research.Inflammation is the ... Read more...

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Why does flu trigger asthma?


May 30th, 2011 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 30 (IANS) When asthmatic children are infected with flu, they often land in the hospital gasping for air. Researchers from Children's Hospital in Boston have found a previously ... Read more...

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Tweaking antibody could lead to vaccine against HIV


May 8th, 2011 - 2:21 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 8 (IANS) The HIV virus is a "slippery customer" and always tries to evade the effect of human antibodies, say researchers who suggest that tweaking an antibody could ... Read more...

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Blame your gut for your skin allergies


May 3rd, 2011 - 6:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 3 (ANI): According to a new study, many children with atopic dermatitis also have food allergies, and in the course of skin contact with food allergens, the disease can worsen.Atopic ... Read more...

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How white blood cells detect, destroy invaders


May 1st, 2011 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 1 (IANS) Scientists have identified a molecular receptor on the surface of white blood cells (WBCs) that is instrumental in destroying invading fungi. The receptor Dectin-1 detects fungi ... Read more...

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Study identifies immune system ‘trigger’ that fights disease


April 30th, 2011 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): Scientists are now one step closer to understanding the mysteries of how our bodies mount an immune response to fight disease.David Underhill, an associate professor in Cedars-Sinai's Inflammatory ... Read more...

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Men, women’s immune systems respond differently to post-traumatic stress disorder


April 27th, 2011 - 4:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): Two studies have found that men and women's immune systems respond differently to chronic post-traumatic stress disorder.The studies by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and ... 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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