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Scientists discover how insect-borne viruses ‘suppress’ the immune system to cause disease

Arboviruses – viruses transmitted by insects such as mosquitoes – pose a considerable threat to both human and animal health. Despite that, ...

Scientists make major breakthrough in understanding inflammation

• The action of cells that spark inflammation causes a ‘re-wiring’ of their mitochondria, which amplifies the inflammation response • Targeting the cells ...

Tattoo therapy could ease chronic disease

Rice-made nanoparticles tested at Baylor College of Medicine may help control autoimmune diseases ... Full story

Molecular Switch Controlling Immune Suppression May Help Turn Up Immunotherapies

Discovery could broaden effectiveness of emerging therapies for cancer and other diseases that are based on boosting the natural immune system response ... Full story

Immune system plays major role in regulation of body weight

Trinity academic part of new research which reveals that the immune system could be responsible for as much as 40% of our body’s ability to regulate weight. ... Full story

One more reason to swear off tobacco: The inflammatory trap induced by nicotine

An Umeå-based team in collaboration with US researchers reveals a new link between nicotine and inflammation. They report that nicotine strongly activates immune cells to release DNA fibres decorated with pro-inflammatory molecules, so called neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). The continuous exposure to these NETs can harm the tissue and could explain the hazardous consequences of tobacco consumption for human health. ... Full story

Enigmatic Molecules Maintain Equilibrium Between Fighting Infection, Inflammatory Havoc

Penn Study Identifies New Drug Target for Inflammatory Disorders ... Full story

Research note: The immune system-body weight connection

By Ziba Kashef A primary role of the immune system is fighting off harmful bacteria and viruses. However, recent studies have revealed additional roles of immune ... Full story

Mouse Study Points Way to Shut Down Harmful Immune Response in Lupus

DURHAM, N.C. – Molecules that scavenge debris from dying cells appear to halt the cycle of chronic inflammation in lupus, while also enhancing the body’s ability to combat flu, according to Duke Health studies in mice. ... Full story

Surgical removal of the thymus benefits myasthenia gravis patients without a chest tumor, according to NEJM paper

First-ever randomized study of thymectomy was led by faculty member at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB ... Full story

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