‘Eater cells’ may prevent even worse damage after heart attack

Supercharging immune cells that eat dead cells could help prevent heart failure after a heart attack, research with mice shows.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine heart-attacks hearts immune-systems muscles

Did disease buy time before Neanderthal extinction?

A new theory about Neanderthal extinction points to disease transmission as the culprit—both for their end, and for why it came about so slowly.

Ker Than-Stanford | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture early-humans extinction immune-systems neanderthals

1 protein controls West Nile and Zika replication

The discovery of a critical protein could unlock new therapies to treat or even prevent West Nile and Zika viruses, researchers say.

Anna Varela - Georgia State | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains encephalitis immune-systems viruses west-nile-virus zika

1 protein may shield women from herpes ‘neuroinvasion’

A protein called IL-36g could keep the herpes virus from spreading to the nervous system in women, researchers have discovered.

U. Arizona | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine herpes immune-systems infections proteins sexually-transmitted-diseases viruses

Most positive TB infection tests won’t lead to disease

Tuberculosis infection is "rarely life-long and in 90% or more of infected people, there is no possibility of TB development..."

John Infanti-Penn | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems infections lungs tuberculosis

Antiviral drug really works at fighting flu virus

A new antiviral drug could offer a groundbreaking advance in fighting influenza.

LaTina Emerson-Georgia State | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine drug-development immune-systems influenza viruses

Immune cells repair our brains while we sleep

"...the signals in our brain that modulate the sleep and awake state also act as a switch that turns the immune system off and on."

Mark Michaud-Rochester | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism brains dementia immune-systems microglia schizophrenia

Brain cell transplants survive without anti-rejection drugs

Exploiting a feature of the immune system could open the door for stem cell transplants to repair the brain without the need for lifelong medication.

Johns Hopkins University | Oct. 4, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains immune-systems stem-cells transplants

Did great grandma’s toxin exposure shape your immune system?

New research on toxin exposure finds weakened immune response as far out as the rodent equivalent of great-grandchildren.

Mark Michaud-Rochester | Oct. 3, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems pollution pregnancy toxins

How bacteria trigger their defenses against invaders

A new discovery sheds light on a kind of bacterial "immune system" that defends microbes from attack and could be key to fighting disease in the future.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen | Oct. 2, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria immune-systems viruses

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