Tag Archives: immune system

Duke Scientists Find Tweaked Salmonella to Fight Brain Cancer

Scientists from Duke University have found a strain of salmonella that causes food poisoning but useful in fighting glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. The blood-brain barrier that separtates brain tissue from its blood vessels makes it difficult to send drugs to kill diseases in brain and often brain surgery fails to entirely remove such cells. Only 10 ...

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US FDA Approves Lung Cancer Drug Keytruba on Fast Track

The US Food and Drug Associatin has approved the breakthrough lung cancer drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) that was tested on 500 patients to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer. When results were overwhelmed in the test, FDA gave the drug “breakthrough therapy” status in October 2014 and a year later gave it approval, showcasing one of the fast-tracked approval by the ...

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Here’s Why Onion is Good For Your Health

Onions might come with a really bad smell, make you cry like never before while chopping them or even make you have bad breath after you eat them raw, but they come with some better benefits as well. This vegetable is not only nutritive for your health, but saves you from many diseases and is good for your skin as ...

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Scientists edge closer to finding human HIV vaccine

New research by scientists shows that orderly immunizations adapted with different phases of immune responses could be the key to a HIV vaccine. The researcher’s 25-year-old aim was to design a vaccine that would prompt the body to generate antibodies that would in return attach themselves to the HIV virus and fight them, preventing infection. Scientists at The Rockefeller University, ...

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E-cigarettes impair immune response in body, warns new study

E-cigarettes, suggested to minimize cigarette smoking is found to compromise the immune system in the lungs and generate some of the same potentially dangerous chemicals found in traditional nicotine cigarettes, says a team of researchers including an Indian-origin scientist. “Our findings suggest that e-cigarettes are not neutral in terms of the effects on the lungs,” said Shyam Biswal, professor at ...

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Experimental Ebola Vaccine Shows Acceptable Safety, Ability to Generate Immune Response

An experimental Ebola vaccine, which has its first trials at Oxford University has shown an acceptable safety profile as well as the ability to generate an immune response. “The Ebola vaccine was well tolerated. Its safety profile is pretty much as we had hoped,” said professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University who led the trial. The ...

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Space Travel to Help Humans to Fight Illness on Earth

According to a new study, space travel may help scientists strengthen our bodies’ ability to fight threats to our health. When an astronaut goes to space, his immune system does not work as well in microgravity as on Earth. “Knowing about the astronauts’ health may lead to new treatments on Earth for those with impaired immune systems,” the researchers noted ...

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Anti-Malarial Compound to Eliminate Parasite

An anti-malarial compound was discovered by a team of researchers that tricks the immune system into rapidly destroying red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite without harming healthy cells. The compound named (+)-SJ733 was developed from a molecule identified in previous research from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that helped to jumpstart worldwide anti-malarial drug development efforts. In this ...

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Gene discovery shows how stem cells can fight infection

Scientists have shown that two genes not previously known to be involved with the immune system actually play a crucial role in how progenitor stem cells are activated to fight infection, revealing a clearer picture of the role of progenitor cells in immune system response. The finding which lead to more effective therapies for a wide range of diseases was ...

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New Vaccine for Breast Cancer Found to be Safe, No Side-Effects

Scientists at Washington University’s School of Medicine have developed a new vaccine for breast cancer and found to be safe for patients afflicted with the disease, shows results of a clinical trial. Preliminary evidence also suggested that the vaccine primed the patients’ immune system to attack tumour cells and helped slow the cancer’s progression. The new vaccine causes the body’s ...

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Experimental Ebola Vaccine Seems to Be Safe in Test

An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease has been found to be well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all 20 healthy adults who received it in a Phase 1 clinical trial, researchers report. The trials were conducted at US National Institutes of Health’s clinical centre in Bethesda, Maryland. The candidate vaccine is co-developed by the NIH’s National Institute ...

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Poor Eating Habits May Affect Heart When Aged

Though it was known in general, a new study has proved that poor eating habits can affect your heart for a long time and the effects can persist long after dietary habits are improved as such habits alter the way genes express themselves, including genes related to immunity. This change in gene expression (epigenetics) ultimately keeps the risk of cardiovascular disorders ...

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