immune response

Scientists figure out how placebo works


September 9th, 2012 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 9 (IANS) What makes placebos, sugar pills with no therapeutic or curative value, work? Scientists may now have found an explanation.People who suffer from a mild infection recover, ... Read more...

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New compound boosts efficacy of HIV, flu vaccine


August 27th, 2012 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 27 (IANS) Scientists have discovered a compound that boosts the effect of vaccines against the flu, HIV and herpes virus in mice.Research by an Oxford University team, along ... Read more...

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Hepatitis C vaccine undergoing trials


August 16th, 2012 - 2:33 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 16 (IANS) Australian scientists have developed a vaccine for deadly Hepatitis C, which is undergoing trials. The disease affects 200 million people worldwide.Hepatitis C is an infectious disease ... Read more...

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Breakthrough to help block morphine addiction


August 16th, 2012 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 16 (IANS) In a major breakthrough, scientists have shown that it is possible to block addiction to morphine and heroin, while boosting relief from pain.A team from the ... Read more...

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Biggest oil spill kills highest number of dolphins


July 20th, 2012 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 20 (IANS) The largest oil spill ever caused the highest number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, concludes a two-year scientific study.Most troubling to scientists was ... Read more...

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Scientists identify molecule that flicks on immune system


May 21st, 2012 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS
Singapore, May 21 (IANS) Researchers have identified the molecular 'switch' that directly triggers the body's first line of defence against pathogens, more accurately known as the body's "innate immunity". They ... Read more...

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Scientists close to finding meningococcal B shot


May 8th, 2012 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 8 (IANS) Researchers are close to finding a shot that protects against many strains of meningococcal B, the most prevalent cause of a rare but serious infection affecting ... 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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Protein loss causes old-age gum disease


April 18th, 2012 - 2:22 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 18 (IANS) A drop in the level of protein called Del-1 is why gum diseases become more common with old age, says a new research.Periodontitis is a gum ... 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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Food poisoning could have lifelong consequences


March 21st, 2012 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 21 (IANS) Victims of food poisoning may develop a host of lengthy illnesses, including diabetes, arthritis, kidney failure and high blood pressure, experts say.Salmonella, E coli and other ... Read more...

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Cuba to test new AIDS vaccine


March 7th, 2012 - 2:14 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, March 7 (IANS) Cuba has unveiled a new AIDS vaccine which has successfully been tested on mice, and the country is ready to begin human testing soon, a media ... Read more...

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New device can detect infectious disease quickly


March 1st, 2012 - 5:01 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 1 (IANS) Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly and identifying them promptly takes hours and days. Scientists have now developed a device which can detect infections within minutes.A ... Read more...

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Time factor in risk of getting infection


February 20th, 2012 - 11:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 20 (IANS) The time of the day could be an important factor in the risk of getting an infection, BBC reported Monday.US researchers showed how a protein in ... Read more...

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PFCs weaken immune response to vaccine shots in childhood


January 25th, 2012 - 12:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), widely used in non-stick cookware, waterproof clothing and fast-food packaging, seem to lower immune response to vaccination in children.A new Harvard study is ... Read more...

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Super vaccine could knock out 70 percent of cancers


December 13th, 2011 - 5:14 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 13 (IANS) A super shot that could knock out seven out of 10 lethal cancers is on the way. It shrunk breast tumours by 80 percent during tests ... Read more...

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Can caring mothers prevent drug use?


December 10th, 2011 - 1:03 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 10 (IANS) While mothers' crucial role in their children's upbringing is well known, an attentive, nurturing mother can be the key in helping her children resist temptations of ... Read more...

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Separation at birth triggers genomic changes in kids


December 6th, 2011 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 6 (IANS) Children who feel the pangs of separation from parents at birth and are brought up in orphanages undergo genetic changes, reveals a study. "Our study shows ... Read more...

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Obese more vulnerable to flu


October 26th, 2011 - 3:13 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 26 (IANS) If you're fat, you need extra protection from flu. New research says that excess weight makes flu vaccines less effective."The results suggest that overweight people would ... 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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Vaccine offers hope to treat chikungunya


August 14th, 2011 - 1:56 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 14 (IANS) A new vaccine that may cure the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, which afflicts millions of people in India, Southeast Asia and Africa has been developed by US ... Read more...

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Bickering, bitterness can actually make you ill


August 10th, 2011 - 6:16 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Aug 10 (IANS) Remember family elders telling you not to harbour ill-will if you wanted to be in sound health? A study shows they were right after all. Researchers ... Read more...

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Baker’s yeast protects against fatal diseases


August 10th, 2011 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 10 (IANS) Simple baker's yeast can keep at bay fatal fungal infection like aspergillosis which can cause kidney and liver failure, says a new study. Aspergillosis is the ... 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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Estrogen found to protect against gastric cancer


July 18th, 2011 - 6:34 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 18 (IANS) Researchers have found that estrogen protects women from the gastric inflammation that can lead to cancer. They are working on treatment that mimics estrogen's cancer-suppressing effects. ... Read more...

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Gelatin from humans could spice up desserts, candies


July 14th, 2011 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS
Hong Kong, July 14 (IANS) Gelatin derived from human beings could now spice up desserts and candies, replacing those of animal origin.Derived from the bones and skin of cows and ... Read more...

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Chemist solves riddle of killer anthrax, meningitis


June 24th, 2011 - 3:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 24 (IANS) Anthrax, septicemia and meningitis are some of the planet's most lethal infections. Now a chemist has uncovered the mechanism behind these deadly infections.Christian Marcus Pedersen from ... Read more...

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Nasal spray helps stop diabetes


June 15th, 2011 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 15 (IANS) In a significant breakthrough, scientists have developed a nasal spray vaccine that could stop children from developing diabetes, a media report said Wednesday.The spray can stop ... Read more...

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New meningitis vaccine could save thousands


June 10th, 2011 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 10 (IANS) Thousands of children's lives could be saved by a new meningitis vaccine that could be available by yearend. The new jab protects against meningitis B, the ... Read more...

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Super microscope helps pinpoint our immunity ’switch’


June 6th, 2011 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 6 (IANS) Scientists have pinpointed the exact molecular 'switch' which spurs T-cells into activating our immune system against the invasion of germs, thanks to the only super microscope ... 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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Millions could be protected from worm-related infections


May 6th, 2011 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 6 (IANS) Researchers have identified a mucus that protects some people from harmful parasitic worms, opening the way to new therapies for millions of people worldwide.It is a ... Read more...

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How stress in brain increases inflammatory, behavioral responses


May 4th, 2011 - 1:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 4 (ANI): Scientists from Ohio State University's Institute of Behavioral Medicine Research have discovered that a model of social stress can increase inflammation among brain cells, providing new insight into ... Read more...

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