Sepsis accounts for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide

Twice as many people as previously believed die of sepsis worldwide—and a disproportionately high number of them are children.

Allison Hydzik-Pittsburgh | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health death immune-systems infections sepsis

Pancreatic cancer sends signal to call off immune attack

Pancreatic cancer cells can sabotage the immune system's response, but blocking the signal could kickstart the fight against tumor cells.

Greg Williams-NYU | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer immune-systems pancreatic-cancer

Without ‘mind bomb’ protein, adenovirus infection fails

Adenoviruses need one protein to unpack their DNA to infect human cells and without it, the infection fails. The finding could lead to new antivirals.

U. Zurich | Dec. 27, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine dna immune-systems infections proteins viruses

First flu virus sets stage for how well we fight it later on

The first strain of flu virus we encounter during childhood sets the course of how our immune system responds to exposures later in life.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Dec. 23, 2019 | futurity
~9 mins   

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

For a universal flu vaccine, improve immune cell memory?

Scientists may have figured out why a universal flu vaccine has remained so elusive: our immune cells' faulty memory.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller | Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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

More body fat may hamper thinking as you age

In a new study, people in middle age who had higher amounts of fat in their mid-section had worse fluid intelligence as they got older.

Whitney Baxter-Iowa State | Dec. 18, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine aging body-fat cognition exercise immune-systems intelligence muscles

Radiation sends brain into overdrive to clip nerve connections

Radiation for brain cancer can kickstart an immune system response that severs connections between nerve cells, research in mice shows.

Mark Michaud-Rochester | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains cancer immune-systems microglia radiation

Dendritic cells may cause autoimmune drug side effects

A class of biologics called TNF inhibitors cause serious side effects among people with autoimmune disorders like RA and Crohn's. New research may explain why.

U. Michigan | Dec. 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems medications side-effects

Bacteria change may vaccinate against gut diseases

Altering the microbiota may be a way to stave off chronic inflammatory diseases that affect the digestive tract, including IBD and Crohn's disease.

LaTina Emerson-Georgia State | Dec. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria digestive-system immune-systems intestines microbiomes vaccines

“Bad” cholesterol in newborn blood could signal mental health at 5

A new study links "bad" cholesterol at fat in a newborn's umbilical cord blood with teacher ratings of their mental health at about five years of age.

Ker Than-Stanford | Dec. 6, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health cholesterol depression immune-systems lipids

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