Immune molecule may keep mouse brains running right

In a surprising brain-body connection, immune cells make a molecule called il-17 that may be vital for normal brain function, a study with mice shows.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
today ~7 min

Tags: evolution anxiety brains science-and-technology immune-systems

How the coronavirus hijacks human cells to spread itself

Researchers have figured out a mechanism SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, uses to co-opt infected human cells to boost its own replication.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses proteins featured health-and-medicine immune-systems

Immune check-in may lead to a flu vaccine that lasts

A new approach that shows how the immune system responds to vaccination could lead to ways to build a better flu vaccine, researchers say.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: influenza vaccines viruses health-and-medicine immune-systems lymph-nodes

‘Sluggish’ immune response may explain more severe COVID-19

The way our immune systems react to COVID-19 could crack one of the pandemic's greatest mysteries: Why do some people get so sick while others don't?

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: bacteria covid-19 health-and-medicine immune-systems

Can boosting the immune system treat COVID-19?

The immune systems of seriously ill COVID-19 patients can't do enough to protect them. Boosting immune cell activity may offer a good treatment strategy.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses health-and-medicine immune-systems

Odd immune system lets anglerfishes fuse males to females

Among deep-sea anglerfishes, tiny males permanently attack to relatively gigantic females. New understanding of this process could benefit human health.

U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: reproduction fish genomes science-and-technology health-and-medicine sexes immune-systems

Immune response can predict who gets severe COVID-19

New research digs into why some people have more severe cases of COVID-19. It also may point to ways to treat serious cases of the disease.

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 inflammation featured health-and-medicine immune-systems

2-in-1 immunotherapy may better fight blood cancer

When combined into one, two types of immunotherapy appear more effective than either one alone for blood cancers like leukemia.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: leukemia blood health-and-medicine immune-systems immunotherapy

Vaccine additive boosts immune flexibility

New research suggests how additives called adjuvants might become part of a universal vaccine and protect people from a wider variety of influenza strains.

Quinn Eastmann-Emory • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: influenza vaccines viruses health-and-medicine immune-systems

HIV may not raise risk of cavities in children

A weakend immune system, not HIV itself, may explain why children with HIV have a higher risk of cavities.

Carrie Stetler-Rutgers • futurity
July 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: teeth dentistry hiv childrens-health health-and-medicine immune-systems

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