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Immunotherapy prior to surgery is effective in colon cancer
Patients with colon cancer, but no distant metastases, can benefit from a short course of immunotherapy while waiting for their surgery, as it can cause tumours to shrink substantially or clear up in a very short time. (2020-04-06)
Cancer treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors may lead to thyroid dysfunction
Thyroid dysfunction following cancer treatment with new treatments called immune checkpoint inhibitors is more common than previously thought, according to research that was accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, and will be published in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society. (2020-03-31)
Advances in production of retinal cells for treating blindness
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and St Erik Eye Hospital in Sweden have discovered a way to refine the production of retinal cells from embryonic stem cells for treating blindness in the elderly. (2020-03-30)
Study helps to identify medications which are safe to use in treatment of COVID-19
A recent study has found that there is no evidence for or against the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for patients with COVID-19. (2020-03-30)
Researchers discover potential boost to immunotherapy
Mount Sinai researchers have discovered a pathway that regulates special immune system cells in lung cancer tumors, suppressing them and allowing tumors to grow. (2020-03-30)
'Living drug factories' might treat diabetes and other diseases
Chemical engineers have developed a way to protect transplanted drug-producing cells from immune system rejection. (2020-03-30)
How to boost immune response to vaccines in older people
Identifying interventions that improve vaccine efficacy in older persons is vital to deliver healthy ageing for an ageing population. (2020-03-27)
Experiments in mice and human cells shed light on best way to deliver nanoparticle therapy for cancer
Researchers in the cancer nanomedicine community debate whether use of tiny structures, called nanoparticles, can best deliver drug therapy to tumors passively -- allowing the nanoparticles to diffuse into tumors and become held in place, or actively -- adding a targeted anti-cancer molecule to bind to specific cancer cell receptors and, in theory, keep the nanoparticle in the tumor longer. (2020-03-26)
Deleting a gene prevents Type 1 diabetes in mice by disguising insulin-producing cells
Removing a gene from the cells that produce insulin prevents mice from developing Type 1 diabetes by sparing the cells an attack from their own immune system, a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study shows. (2020-03-26)
New type of immunotherapy hinders the spread of ovarian cancer
Malignant ovarian cancer is insidious: Known and feared for vague and uncharacteristic symptoms that often mean the disease is discovered so late that on average only four out of six patients are still alive after five years. (2020-03-26)
Brake on immune activity identified, raising new possibilities for anticancer therapy
Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Fox Chase Cancer Center show for the first time that a molecule called EGR4 -known mainly for its role in male fertility -- serves as a critical brake on immune activation. (2020-03-25)
Too much salt weakens the immune system
A high-salt diet is not only bad for one's blood pressure, but also for the immune system. (2020-03-25)
Research breakthrough: Humans are not the first to repurpose CRISPR
We humans are far from the first to exploit the benefits of CRISPR. (2020-03-24)
Study finds molecule in lymphatic system implicated in autoimmune diseases
A study by investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has discovered a molecule in the lymphatic system that has the potential to play a role in autoimmune disease. (2020-03-20)
New research shows which ovarian cancer patients won't benefit from immune-PARP combo
In patients with advanced ovarian cancer, a combination of drugs known as immune checkpoint inhibitors and PARP inhibitors can produce powerful remissions, clinical trials have shown, but up until now investigators haven't been able to predict which patients won't benefit from the treatment and should explore other options. (2020-03-19)
Alzheimer's disease: Inflammation triggers fatal cycle
An immune reaction in the brain seems to play a major role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. (2020-03-18)
New technique has potential to protect oranges from citrus greening
Citrus greening, also called Huanglongbing (HLB), is devastating the citrus industry. (2020-03-18)
Using 'organs-on-a-chip' to model complicated diseases
MIT biological engineers have created a multitissue model that lets them study the relationships between different organs and the immune system on a microfluidic chip seeded with human cells. (2020-03-18)
COVID-19: The immune system can fight back
Researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) were able to test blood samples at four different time points in an otherwise healthy woman in her 40s, who presented with COVID-19 and had mild-to-moderate symptoms requiring hospital admission. (2020-03-17)
New understanding of immune modulator interleukin-2 guides drug discovery
The signaling molecule interleukin-2 (IL-2) has long been known to have powerful effects on the immune system, but efforts to harness it for therapeutic purposes have been hampered by serious side effects. (2020-03-17)
'Natural killer' cells could halt Parkinson's progression
Researchers at the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center and their colleagues have found that 'natural killer' white blood cells could guard against the cascade of cellular changes that lead to Parkinson's disease and help stop its progression. (2020-03-17)
A new strategy for the management of inflammatory pain
A group of researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin has discovered a new mechanism of long-lasting pain relief. (2020-03-16)
Immunotherapy combo achieves reservoir shrinkage in HIV model
Stimulating immune cells with two cancer immunotherapies together can shrink the size of the viral 'reservoir' in SIV-infected non-human primates treated with antiviral drugs. (2020-03-16)
Blood stem cells boost immunity by keeping a record of previous infections
A Franco-German research team led by Prof. Michael Sieweke, from the Center for Regenerative Therapies TU Dresden (CRTD) and the Center of Immunology of Marseille Luminy (CNRS, INSERM, Aix-Marseille University), today uncovered a surprising property of blood stem cells: not only do they ensure the continuous renewal of blood cells and contribute to the immune response triggered by an infection, but they can also remember previous infectious encounters to drive a more rapid and more efficient immune response in the future. (2020-03-13)
Mimicking cancer's evasive tactics, microparticles show promise for transplant rejection
Inspired by a tactic cancer cells use to evade the immune system, University of Pittsburgh researchers have engineered tiny particles that can trick the body into accepting transplanted tissue as its own. (2020-03-13)
Research on the fossil
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany, succeeded for the first time ever in describing in lampreys the mechanistic basis with which the different receptor genes in these ancient creatures are assembled to form the receptor on the surface of immune cells. (2020-03-13)
Receptors for the immune defence
Max Planck researchers investigate the function of immune genes in primitive mammals. (2020-03-13)
Cancer: The immune system attacks tumors remotely
How does the immune system act to limit tumor development? (2020-03-12)
Early blood marker may predict future risk of kidney transplant failure
In a study of kidney transplant recipients, the composition of certain immune cells in the blood 1 year after kidney transplantation was linked with a patient's subsequent risk of kidney transplant failure. (2020-03-12)
Gasdermin E: A new approach to cancer immunotherapy that could have broad reach
Tumors have various ways of dodging attacks by the immune system. (2020-03-11)
LJI scientists identify potential targets for immune responses to novel coronavirus
Publishing in the March 16, 2020, online issue of Host, Cell and Microbe, a team of researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology, in collaboration with researchers at the J. (2020-03-11)
Immune cells against Alzheimer's?
German researchers have developed a novel, experimental approach against Alzheimer's. (2020-03-10)
Babies born prematurely can catch up their immune systems, study finds
Researchers from King's College London & Homerton University Hospital have found babies born before 32 weeks' gestation can rapidly acquire some adult immune functions after birth, equivalent to that achieved by infants born at term. (2020-03-09)
Levels of sBTLA proteins as potential marker of overall survival of liver cancer patients
Researchers at Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine introduced sorafenib to patients with advanced stages of the liver cancer hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and measured the amount of 16 circulating soluble immune checkpoint proteins. (2020-03-09)
Rejuvenating the immune system supports brain repair after injury
Researchers have identified a major shift in how to treat brain injuries, after rejuvenating immune cells to support the repair process. (2020-03-08)
Gut bacteria can penetrate tumors and aid cancer therapy, study suggests
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and University of Chicago have discovered that bacteria that usually live in the gut can accumulate in tumors and improve the effectiveness of immunotherapy in mice. (2020-03-06)
Specialized helper cells contribute to immunological memory
Helper T cells play an important role in the immune response against pathogens. (2020-03-06)
Engineered bone marrow cells slow growth of prostate and pancreatic cancer cells
In experiments with mice, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have slowed the growth of transplanted human prostate and pancreatic cancer cells by introducing bone marrow cells with a specific gene deletion to induce a novel immune response. (2020-03-05)
New drug combination could support better cancer treatments
Researchers have identified a promising new drug combination that could significantly help the immune system target cancer cells and kill them. (2020-03-05)
The harmful effects of stress during pregnancy can last a lifetime
Mice exposed to stress in the womb and soon after birth can expect a lifetime of immune system deficiencies that hinder the ability to ward off infections and cancer, Yale University researchers report March 5, 2020 in the journal Cell. (2020-03-05)
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