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Statins improve birth outcomes for mothers with an autoimmune disorder

A new statin treatment shows promise for reducing premature births and increasing babies’ chances of survival for mothers with an autoimmune disease. ...

Enzyme Links Metabolic State to Inflammatory Response to Infection

An enzyme that stimulates the breakdown of fats in immune cells helps trigger inflammation, or an immune response to pathogens, a new ...

Reactive oxygen species – fuelling or putting the brakes on inflammation?

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as peroxides and superoxides are important signalling molecules in an organism’s regulation of metabolism and inflammation. Accumulation of ROS have been linked to neurodegeneration and cancer. Researchers at Umeå University and Hospital of Halland in Sweden now reveal an unexpected function of ROS. They dampen a key inflammatory process and weakens the immune system´s ability to combat pathogens such as those that cause pneumonia. The findings are published in the July 2016 issue of the Cell Press Journal Immunity. ... Full story

Bridging immunology and philosophy

Systems Immunity URI holds workshops at a Welsh medium primary school centred on the immunological, biological and philosophical aspects of personal identity and selfhood. ... Full story

Sepsis is just as urgent as a heart attack, warns Southampton doctor

Health professionals should treat people who show signs of sepsis with the same urgency given to those who complain of chest pain that might be a heart attack, a Southampton doctor has warned. ... Full story

New Marker Identified That May Predict Autoimmune Diseases

The incidence of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes and allergies is increasing throughout the world. Now an international team of scientists with the participation of Helmholtz Zentrum München has identified DNA hydroxymethylation as a potential molecular marker for autoimmunity. ... Full story

How the bacterial protective shell is adapted to challenging environments

Researchers at Umeå University have published new findings on the adaptation of the bacterial cell wall in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The study reveals novel bacterial defence mechanisms against the immune system and how they can become resistant to antibiotics. ... Full story

Research brings new understanding of chronic inflammatory disease

Research from life scientists at The University of Manchester has shone new light on the way cells tune in to different inflammatory signals to understand what is happening in the body. ... Full story

When suppressing immunity is a good thing

A receptor, first known for its role in mediating the harmful effects of the environmental pollutant dioxin in our body, is now understood to play other important roles in modulating the innate immune response. ... Full story

Receptor suppresses the immune response in order to save it

June 28, 2016 (© abhijith3747 – stock.adobe.com) When viruses enter the body, they activate receptors on the surface of cells that allow viruses to invade those cells. ... Full story

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