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.

Peanut Allergy Treatment Changes DNA

By | Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:25

Researchers have discovered changes in gene expression for peanut-allergic people after oral immunotherapy (OIT), which researchers say may provide clues into the treatment's long-term effectiveness.

NIH Will Pay $3,000 To Inject You With The Flu

By | Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:03

The National Institutes of Health is offering healthy patients $3,000 to become infected with the flu, in an effort to find a better vaccine.

Why Colds Make Us Stupid In The Head

By | Sat, 01/25/2014 - 14:39

For the first time, researchers detected changes in brain metabolism and spatial memory of healthy people after their immune system was activated by a vaccination. The study reveals that our memory is sensitive to even the slightest degree of inflammation.

Space Travel Could Wreak Havoc On Your Immune System

By | Fri, 01/24/2014 - 17:00

Space travel could have detrimental effect on our immune system due to gravity's effect on our immune response, according to a new study.

This Is What 16 Years Of Vaccine Resistance Looks Like

By | Thu, 01/23/2014 - 19:49

An interactive graphic shows the grim consequences of public resistance to vaccines.

Our Noses Are Quick To Tell Who's Ill: Does Sickness Have A Scent?

By | Thu, 01/23/2014 - 16:04

Our noses can distinguish t-shirts worn by people whose immune systems mimicked very early stages of disease, showing just how sensitive humans are to smelling sickness.

Quinoa Tests Well With Celiac Patients

By | Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:27

Celiac patients who were given 50 grams of quinoa each day tolerated the "super-grain" well and did not experience any adverse immune responses.

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.

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