Immune System & Vaccines

Immune System & Vaccines 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.

How One Protein Fights Viruses And Bacteria Differently

By | Sun, 01/12/2014 - 14:00

A single immune protein is key to fighting viral and bacterial pathogens, as well as parasites. But how it does it varies on what it's fighting.

Alternative Breast Cancer Treatment Kills Colorado Woman

By | Wed, 01/08/2014 - 16:37

Experts from the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver say the alternative cancer treatment, cesium chloride, killed a 61-year-old woman who was reportedly suffering from cancer treatment.

Discovery Of Immune Avoidance Mechanism To Fight Mosquito-Borne Viruses

By | Thu, 12/26/2013 - 17:02

A newly discovered avoidance mechanism illuminates a new target for physicians struggling to quell mosquito-borne viruses like the eastern equine encephalitis virus.

Opioids, Painkillers Given To Men With Prostate Complications Damage The Immue System's Ability To Fight Cancer Cells

By | Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:36

Taking pain medication such as opioids to treat prostate cancer can damage a man's immune system, leaving the body susceptible to the spread of cancerous cells.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Could Improve Vaccine Effectiveness

By | Mon, 12/16/2013 - 20:17

Drinking alcohol in moderation might improve the immune system's response to vaccines, making them more effective in populations with weakened immune systems, a study on primates has found.

New York City Board Of Health Unanimously Approves Mandatory Flu Shots For Children Under 5

By | Wed, 12/11/2013 - 19:19

The New York City Board of Health voted on Wednesday to approve a proposed requirement that all children under the age of 5 receive seasonal flu shots.

2013 US Measles Surge Underscores The Dangers Of Anti-Vaccine Campaigns

By | Thu, 12/05/2013 - 18:32

This year's spike in measles infections highlights the public health dangers of anti-vaccine movements and pseudoscience.

Vaccine Proven Effective As MS Treatment

By | Wed, 12/04/2013 - 17:05

Doctors effectively treated patients showing early symptoms of multiple sclerosis by using a vaccine that is based on a weakened form of bacteria.

Utah Mom Claims Flu Shot Killed Her Healthy Teenage Son

By | Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:43

Chandler Webb, 19, died about a month after receiving a standard flu shot, and his mother is certain the vaccination caused her son's death.

New Vaccine Trains T-Cells To Kill Melanoma

By | Tue, 11/19/2013 - 18:47

A new type of vaccine genetically modifies the body's immune system, allowing it to subdue melanoma tumor growth on its own.

Pentagon To Develop Q Fever Vaccine

By | Sat, 11/16/2013 - 18:45

The U.S. military remains focused on developing vaccines and treatments for infectious diseases.

How Does Modernization Explain The Current Allergy Epidemic?

By | Mon, 11/11/2013 - 18:10

The microbial challenges a farm setting provides could help farmers stave off allergies, thereby providing clues for treatment.

5-Year-Old Blackbelt Fights Chronic Disease With Karate

By | Thu, 10/03/2013 - 20:32

Jake Brood is only five years old, but he already has arthritis, immune disease, and a black belt in karate.

MMR Vaccination Rate Rises In UK

By | Sat, 09/28/2013 - 15:11

The rate of MMR vaccine administration in the United Kingdom rose to the highest levels since its introduction, but still lags behind the 95 percent goal set by the World Health Organization.

North Carolina Students Suspended From School For Not Being Vaccinated

By | Sat, 09/28/2013 - 12:22

Hundreds of students around North Carolina have been suspended from school for failing to provide proof of their Tdap vaccination shot.