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By using advanced screening methods to tune into the communications taking place between individual cells, scientists have produced the first full connectivity map of the human immune system. This new wiring diagram will help researchers better understand the way different disease such as cancer progress, and work towards next-generation treatments that fortify the body's defenses against them.Co
New research from the UNC School of Medicine has found users of nicotine-salt-containing pod and disposable e-cigarettes display unique markers of immune suppression not seen in users of other kinds of e-cigarettes. The study indicates the long-term health implications of this kind of altered immune system response are unknown.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: e-cig
Two new studies have highlighted the importance of judicious antibiotic use. One study found antibiotics can increase a person’s risk of fungal infections by causing defects to immune system activity in the gut, while another study suggests heavy antibiotic use in old age is linked to higher rates of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Antib
The idea of using ultrasound to non-invasively target cancer is an appealing one that is gaining real traction, on the back of studies demonstrating how it can more effectively deliver drugs, selectively take out cancer cells and heat and destroy diseased tissue. University of Michigan (UM) researchers have been exploring how it can combine with the body's immune defenses to take out tumors throu
Stanford University scientists have taken aim at a key problem holding back an exciting form of cancer immunotherapy, and demonstrated how a novel gel can help overcome it by acting as an injectable holding pen for killer immune cells. The breakthrough promises to expand the scope of the treatment to tackle solid tumors, and offer these cells a base in close proximity for sustained attacks on the
Scientists exploring a novel but highly promising avenue of cancer treatment have developed a type of "invisibility cloak" that helps engineered bacteria sneak through the body's immune defenses. The result is more powerful delivery of anti-cancer drugs and shrinking of tumors in mice, with the scientists hopeful the approach can overcome toxicity issues that have plagued these techniques so far.
Research continues to uncover the role that inflammation plays in obesity and the development of related conditions, and a new study has shed yet more light on the issue. Scientists have found that modifying so-called "checkpoint proteins" in the immune system can regulate inflammation in fat tissue, with the result being significant reductions in obesity and diabetes in pre-clinical models.Conti
New research from Iowa State University has found a long bout of moderately intense exercise following COVID-19 or influenza vaccination can amplify the body’s immune response. The study showed 90 minutes of exercise immediately after vaccination increased antibody responses four weeks later.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Exercise, Vaccines, The Immune System, an
Cancer therapies that harness and enhance a patient's unique immune response hold great potential as personalized forms of treatment, and a new tool developed at Northwestern University could expand the availability and effectiveness of this technology. The novel device can be used to sort and multiply harvested immune cells with great efficiency, creating armies of cancer-killing cells that have
A small study has built on a growing body of evidence indicating long COVID symptoms may be linked to abnormal immune system activity. The new research found unexpected markers of inflammation in the cerebrospinal fluid of several patients experiencing persistent brain fog in the months following a mild case of COVID-19.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Coronavirus


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