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Immune system: Help for killer cells

Scientists at the University of Bonn, together with colleagues from the USA and Japan, have shed light on an important immune mechanism. Their work shows how the body provides the important killer cells with a helper in the case of an infection. The study could point the way to better vaccines in the future. The [...]

Researchers develop advanced cell screening technology for cancer immunotherapy

University of Houston-led work could extend the breakthrough therapy to more cancer patients Researchers have created a new method for screening cells used in immunotherapy cancer treatments, allowing high-performing immune system cells to be studied in isolation and potentially expanding the number of patients for whom the breakthrough treatment proves successful. Engineers from the University [...]

Childhood cancer cells drain immune system’s batteries

Cancer cells in neuroblastoma contain a molecule that breaks down a key energy source for the body’s immune cells, leaving them too physically drained to fight the disease, according to new research published in the journal Cancer Research. Cancer Research UK-funded scientists have discovered that the cells in neuroblastoma – a rare type of childhood [...]

Probiotics improve behavioral symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases in mice

Probiotics may improve the behavioral symptoms of chronic inflammatory diseases by altering communication between the immune system and the brain, according to an animal study published July 29 in the Journal of Neuroscience. Chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease are associated with behavioral symptoms that include fatigue, depression, and social [...]

Gut worms protect babies’ brains from inflammation

A Duke University study in rats finds that gut worms can protect babies’ brains from long-term learning and memory problems caused by newborn infections. Baby rats with tapeworms avoided the brain inflammation that plagued worm-free rats after exposure to immune triggers in adulthood. What’s more, the benefits began early, while still in the womb. Expectant [...]