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Immunity study signals new ways to treat liver failure

Patients with liver failure could benefit from a treatment that helps the immune system to combat infections linked to the condition, research suggests. A study in mice has revealed that treatment with an immune-boosting molecule called CSF-1 helps to trigger the body’s natural defence mechanisms in the liver. Researchers say that if the therapy proves [...]

Big data tool to reveal immune system role in diseases

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Princeton University have designed a new online tool that predicts the role of key proteins and genes in diseases of the human immune system. Called “ImmuNet,” details of the publically available resource were published online in the journal Immunity. The tool uses information compiled [...]

‘Clever adaptation’ allows yeast infection fungus to evade immune system attack

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say they have discovered a new way that the most prevalent disease-causing fungus can thwart immune system attacks. The findings, published Sept. 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offer new clues about how Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections and [...]

Compound found in red wine causes conflicting changes in dogs’ immune systems

Resveratrol research in dogs could eventually lead to treatments in humans Resveratrol, a compound found commonly in grape skins and red wine, has been shown to have several potentially beneficial effects on health, including cardiovascular health, stroke prevention and cancer treatments. However, scientists do not yet fully understand how the chemical works and whether or [...]

Blood vessel cells help tumours evade the immune system

A study by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet is the first to suggest that cells in the tumour blood vessels contribute to a local environment that protects the cancer cells from tumour-killing immune cells. The results, which are being published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, can contribute to the development of better [...]