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Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis, offers hope for other immune-related diseases

Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis, offers hope for other immune-related diseases

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Scientists selectively repress immune system: New treatment to combat autoimmune disease in mouse model

Scientists selectively repress immune system: New treatment to combat autoimmune disease in mouse model

ScienceDaily (Nov. 18, 2012) — In a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed innovative technology to selectively inhibit the part of the immune system responsible for attacking myelin — the insulating material that encases nerve fibers and facilitates electrical communication between brain cells. Continue reading

Discovery could lead to faster diagnosis for some chronic fatigue syndrome cases

Discovery could lead to faster diagnosis for some chronic fatigue syndrome cases

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When parasites catch viruses: Viral symbiont of a protozoan parasite increases virulence to human host

When parasites catch viruses: Viral symbiont of a protozoan parasite increases virulence to human host

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — When humans have parasites, the organisms live in our bodies, co-opt our resources and cause disease Continue reading

New drug target found for cystic fibrosis lung disease

New drug target found for cystic fibrosis lung disease

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — Vancouver researchers have discovered the cellular pathway that causes lung-damaging inflammation in cystic fibrosis (CF), and that reducing the pathway’s activity also decreases inflammation. Continue reading

New drug target found for cystic fibrosis lung disease

New drug target found for cystic fibrosis lung disease

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — Vancouver researchers have discovered the cellular pathway that causes lung-damaging inflammation in cystic fibrosis (CF), and that reducing the pathway’s activity also decreases inflammation. Continue reading

Antibodies to immune cells protect eyes in Pseudomonas infection

Antibodies to immune cells protect eyes in Pseudomonas infection

ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2012) — Contact lenses, particularly the extended wear variety, render wearers vulnerable to eye infections from Pseudomonas aeruginosa . These infections can cause severe damage, including blindness. Continue reading

Stem cell bodyguards: Rare immune cells keep blood stem cells youthful

Stem cell bodyguards: Rare immune cells keep blood stem cells youthful

ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2012) — Hiding deep inside the bone marrow are special cells. They wait patiently for the hour of need, at which point these blood-forming stem cells can proliferate and differentiate into billions of mature blood immune cells to help the body cope with infection, for example, or extra red blood cells for low oxygen levels at high altitudes Continue reading

Stem cell bodyguards: Rare immune cells keep blood stem cells youthful

Stem cell bodyguards: Rare immune cells keep blood stem cells youthful

ScienceDaily (Oct. 22, 2012) — Hiding deep inside the bone marrow are special cells. They wait patiently for the hour of need, at which point these blood-forming stem cells can proliferate and differentiate into billions of mature blood immune cells to help the body cope with infection, for example, or extra red blood cells for low oxygen levels at high altitudes Continue reading

Immune cells make flexible choices

Immune cells make flexible choices

ScienceDaily (Oct. Continue reading