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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

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

Researchers study ‘ACT TIL’ approach to treating metastatic melanoma

Researchers study ‘ACT TIL’ approach to treating metastatic melanoma

ScienceDaily (Oct. 17, 2012) — Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center have carried out a clinical trial in which patients with metastatic melanoma were given chemotherapy and an immunotherapy of adoptive cell transfer (ACT) with tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL). Continue reading

RNA-based therapy brings new hope for an incurable blood cancer

RNA-based therapy brings new hope for an incurable blood cancer

ScienceDaily (Oct. 10, 2012) — Three thousand new cases of Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), a form of blood cancer, appear in the United States each year. With a median survival span of only five to seven years, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this disease is devastating, and new therapies are sorely needed Continue reading

RNA-based therapy brings new hope for an incurable blood cancer

RNA-based therapy brings new hope for an incurable blood cancer

ScienceDaily (Oct. 10, 2012) — Three thousand new cases of Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL), a form of blood cancer, appear in the United States each year. With a median survival span of only five to seven years, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this disease is devastating, and new therapies are sorely needed Continue reading

Blocking key protein could halt age-related decline in immune system, study finds

Blocking key protein could halt age-related decline in immune system, study finds

ScienceDaily (Sep. Continue reading