An immune system is a system of biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease. In order to function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism's own healthy tissue. A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.
By Jonathan Weiss | May 10, 2013 12:22 PM EDT
After GlaxoSmithKline removed its vaccine from the market in 2002, researchers are working hard on creating one that will protect against all strains of the bacteria.
By Ansa Varughese | May 10, 2013 10:39 AM EDT
On top of two more cases in Saudi, a potentially infected nurse was admitted to a hospital in Douai, northern France, the same hospital with the only confirmed case of the new coronavirus.
By Justin Caba | May 10, 2013 10:32 AM EDT
Researchers have uncovered a reservoir of diseases among mosquitoes from different ecological locations.
By Jonathan Weiss | May 10, 2013 10:13 AM EDT
Data analyzing 30 years of cancers in the US indicates that preceding the HPV vaccine introduction, virus-related cancers were on the rise.
By Jonathan Weiss | May 09, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
A public-private partnership alliance has brokered a historic price reduction for HPV vaccines in poor countries.
By Matthew Mientka | May 07, 2013 02:52 PM EDT
While four more deaths are reported in China, no signs of the virus have been detected in people or poultry outside of the country so far.
By Ansa Varughese | May 07, 2013 01:34 PM EDT
While there's no current treatment that keeps the Ebola virus from killing , researchers discovered how the unruly virus escapes and penetrates cells, paving the way for crucial vaccines and effective therapies.
By Ansa Varughese | May 06, 2013 05:08 PM EDT
Researchers claim that African Americans have 47 percent greater risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) compared to whites, contrary to what was previously thought. Black women have a higher risk compared to racial, ethnic, and gender groups.
By Jonathan Weiss | May 06, 2013 12:54 PM EDT
A media explosion and global game of telephone has led to reports of a killer superbug gonorrhea, which doesn't actually exist.
By Ansa Varughese | May 03, 2013 11:34 AM EDT
Food Safety and Inspection Services announced today that a Missouri firm has recalled 123 lbs. of frozen meatballs that were distributed to retail stories in St. Louis.
By Jonathan Weiss | May 02, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
Breakthrough designation will speed along the approval process for a multiple myeloma drug treatment.
By Justin Caba | May 02, 2013 10:39 AM EDT
Researchers say the allergy-inducing proteins in milk called caseins may also be found in classrooms across the United States.
By Justin Caba | May 01, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
British adventure show host Bear Grylls tweeted a gruesome photo of his television producers snakebite that is sure to send shivers up the spine of anyone brave enough to look at it.
By Ansa Varughese | May 01, 2013 10:50 AM EDT
HIV-infected men are at greater risk for non-AIDS defining cancers (NADCs), but antiretroviral therapies effectively reduced the chances.
By Jonathan Weiss | Apr 30, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
Can girls get the same protection from cervical cancer by only having two doses of the HPV vaccine instead of three?