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Researchers Aim to Broaden Understanding of How Toxins Affect the Body

Madison, Wisconsin - Even in an era in which there is increased emphasis on living "green," humans are constantly exposed to a ...

To survive, a parasite mixes and matches its disguises, study suggests

Orchestrated costume changes make it possible for certain nasty microbes to outsmart the immune system, which would otherwise recognize them by the ...

Hospitals see increase in number of RSV cases involving children

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Children with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a common virus that infects the lungs and breathing passageways, has been on the rise across the nation for the last several years. Though it may only produce minor cold symptoms in adults, it can lead to serious illness in young children and those with compromised immune systems. ... Full story

Radiation Plus Immunotherapy Combination Improves Immune System Response to Metastatic Melanoma

A triple attack of radiation plus two immunotherapies appears to improve the immune system response in patients with metastatic melanoma, according to a recent study from a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including the Miller School’s Hemant Ishwaran, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences. ... Full story

Experiments reveal key components of the body’s machinery for battling deadly tularemia

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have discovered major “switches” that activate the immune system to kill the bacterium, potentially leading to protective drugs and vaccines. ... Full story

Study: Zinc deficiency linked to immune system response, particularly in older adults

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Zinc, an important mineral in human health, appears to affect how the immune system responds to stimulation, especially inflammation, new research from Oregon State University shows. ... Full story

MDC and Charité Researchers Tweak the Immune System to Target Cells Bearing Tumor Antigens

Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Berlin-Buch, have succeeded in generating cells of the immune system to specifically target and destroy cancer cells. The research findings of Matthias Obenaus, Professor Thomas Blankenstein (MDC and Charité), Dr. Matthias Leisegang (MDC) and Professor Wolfgang Uckert (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and MDC) as well as Professor Dolores Schendel (Medigene AG, Planegg/Martinsried) have now been published in Nature Biotechnology online (doi:10.1038/nbt.3147)*. ... Full story

New insights into circadian clock mechanism

Ras protein regulates circadian rhythm ... Full story

Scientists discover how to change human leukemia cells into harmless immune cells

After a chance observation in the lab, researchers found a method that can force dangerous leukemia cells in the lab to mature into harmless immune cells called macrophages. ... Full story

Inflammatory factor IL-3 may play essential role in development of sepsis

Targeting IL-3 controlled pathways may help treat dangerous inflammatory reaction ... Full story

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