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Immunotherapy innovation spurs 'remarkably aggressive immune response'

TapImmune Inc has engineered a remarkable, yet elegantly simple, way for the body to recognise tumour and infectious disease cells



Virus may trigger unusual immune cells to attack nerves

A virus infection can incite the body to attack its own nerve tissue by activating unusual, disease-fighting cells with receptors for both viral and nerve proteins.



Harnessing the immune system's diagnostic power

A team of scientists have pioneered a method for profiling the immune system, using clues provided by antibody activity to track an individual's state of health.



Unlocking the secrets of immune cells

With the rapid and continuous advances in biotechnology, scientists are better able to see inside the nucleus of a cell to unlock the secrets of its genetic material. However, what happens outside of the nucleus has, in many ways, remained a mystery.



Structure of anti-HIV immune molecule

In findings that contribute to efforts to design an AIDS vaccine, a team of scientists has determined the structure of an immune system antibody molecule that effectively acts against most strains of human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS.



Immune system compromised during spaceflight

Research with mice indicates that immune deficiencies associated with weightlessness may pose a challenge to manned space missions to far-away destinations such as Mars.



Unmasking anthrax for immune destruction

Anthrax-causing bacteria can be engineered to shed their invisibility cloaks, making it easier for the immune system to eradicate it, according to a new study.



Seeing disease may trigger immune response

Just seeing someone who looks sick is enough to make your immune system work harder, according to a new study in which volunteers looked at pictures of sick people.



How immune cells 'sniff out' bacteria

Scientists are learning how our immune system senses and tracks down infection in the body by responding to chemical "scents" emitted by bacteria.



Optimism Boosts the Immune System

In a new study, psychological scientists studied how law students' expectations about the future affected their immune response. Their conclusions: Optimism may be good for your health.



Soluble fibre boosts immune system

A new study touts the benefits of soluble fibre-found in oats, apples, and nuts, for starters-saying that it reduces the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthens the immune system.



Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defences

Scientists have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defences and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin, T cells - will not be able to fight off serious infections in the body.



Discovery of new type of immune cells

Scientists have discovered a new type of immune cells - the Th22 cells - which can protect the body against inflammation and aid in tissue repair.



Synthetic molecules trigger immune response to HIV

Researchers have developed synthetic molecules capable of enhancing the body's immune response to HIV and HIV-infected cells, as well as to prostate cancer cells.



Fatty acids anger the immune system

Researchers have new evidence to explain how saturated fatty acids, which soar in those who are obese, can lead the immune system to respond in ways that add up to chronic, low-grade inflammation.



How HIV escapes immune pressure

A study of how HIV mutates in response to immune system pressure by Emory Vaccine Center researchers shows that the virus can take several escape routes, not one preferred route.



Better immune defence against anthrax

Spread of the deadly disease anthrax by spores of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis is a known terrorism risk and protection includes finding ways to treat the disease, according to an academic paper.



Medical news: Mother's immune system may block foetal treatments

Researchers showed that the mother's immune response interferes with the offspring's earlier ability to tolerate transplanted donor cells.



Medical news: Gliomas exploit immune cells of the brain

Gliomas are among the most common and most malignant brain tumours. These tumours infiltrate normal brain tissue and grow very rapidly.



Biotechnology: Immune system link to schizophrenia

Researchers have identified additional genes that confirm what scientists have long suspected - that the immune system may play a role in the development of schizophrenia.



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