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Immune cell’s role in intestinal movement may lead to better understanding of irritable bowel syndrome

Immune cell’s role in intestinal movement may lead to better understanding of irritable bowel syndrome

Learning the role of immune-system cells in healthy digestive tracts and how they interact with neighboring nerve cells may lead to new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine, in collaboration with other scientists, have reported the role of macrophages in regulating the contractions of the colon to push digested material through the digestive tract. The muscular lining of the intestine contains a distinct kind of macrophage, an immune system cell that helps fight infections Continue reading

Scientists find way to trap, kill malaria parasite

Scientists find way to trap, kill malaria parasite

Scientists may be able to entomb the malaria parasite in a prison of its own making, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report July 16 in Nature Continue reading

Scientists find way to trap, kill malaria parasite

Scientists find way to trap, kill malaria parasite

Scientists may be able to entomb the malaria parasite in a prison of its own making, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report July 16 in Nature Continue reading

Immune response to infectious disease: New findings on properdin

Immune response to infectious disease: New findings on properdin

University of Leicester researchers — including three PhD graduates — contribute significantly to knowledge in immunology University of Leicester researchers have released evidence substantiating an unexpected dual role of an important component of the immune system. Findings by researchers at the University’s Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation — including three PhD graduates — are published in a paper for the journal ‘Medical Microbiology and Immunology’ Continue reading

Immune response to infectious disease: New findings on properdin

Immune response to infectious disease: New findings on properdin

University of Leicester researchers — including three PhD graduates — contribute significantly to knowledge in immunology University of Leicester researchers have released evidence substantiating an unexpected dual role of an important component of the immune system. Findings by researchers at the University’s Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation — including three PhD graduates — are published in a paper for the journal ‘Medical Microbiology and Immunology’ Continue reading

Fungicides for crops: Worrying link to fungal drug resistance in UK, warns scientists

Fungicides for crops: Worrying link to fungal drug resistance in UK, warns scientists

Crop spraying on British farms could be aiding a life-threatening fungus suffered by tens of thousand of people in the UK each year. New research by British and Dutch scientists has found that Aspergillus — a common fungus that attacks the lungs and is found in soil and other organic matter — has become resistant to life — saving drugs in parts of rural Yorkshire. Continue reading

Virus kills triple negative breast cancer cells, tumor cells in mice

Virus kills triple negative breast cancer cells, tumor cells in mice

A virus not known to cause disease kills triple-negative breast cancer cells and killed tumors grown from these cells in mice, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Understanding how the virus kills cancer may lead to new treatments for breast cancer Continue reading

Fecal transplants restore healthy bacteria and gut functions

Fecal transplants restore healthy bacteria and gut functions

Fecal microbiota transplantation — the process of delivering stool bacteria from a healthy donor to a patient suffering from intestinal infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile — works by restoring healthy bacteria and functioning to the recipient’s gut, according to a study published this week in mBio ®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Continue reading

Viral infections, including flu, could be inhibited by naturally occurring protein

Viral infections, including flu, could be inhibited by naturally occurring protein

By boosting a protein that naturally exists in our cells, an international team of researchers led by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, has found a potential way to enhance our ability to sense and inhibit viral infections. The laboratory-based discovery, which could lead to more effective treatments for viruses ranging from hepatitis C to the flu, appears in the June 19 issue of the journal Immunity Continue reading

Viral infections, including flu, could be inhibited by naturally occurring protein

Viral infections, including flu, could be inhibited by naturally occurring protein

By boosting a protein that naturally exists in our cells, an international team of researchers led by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, has found a potential way to enhance our ability to sense and inhibit viral infections. The laboratory-based discovery, which could lead to more effective treatments for viruses ranging from hepatitis C to the flu, appears in the June 19 issue of the journal Immunity . The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Continue reading