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.

Scientists Announce First-Ever Regeneration Of Immune Organ

By | Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:44

Targeting a specific protein instructs stem cells to restore function and structure to thymus, a key part of the immune system.

OSU Mumps Outbreak Hits 28 Cases, And Counting

By | Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:22

The mumps outbreak at Ohio State University has reached 28 cases — and with an incubation period of nearly a month, more are expected to follow.

MMR Vaccine Will Protect Your Child From Other Infections, Too

By | Tue, 02/25/2014 - 16:00

The MMR vaccine has been linked to fewer hospitalizations for infections among children who receive it on time.

'Vaccine Scares' And Public Paranoia Influence Spread Of Infectious Disease

By | Sat, 02/15/2014 - 12:57

Researchers created a mathematical model that can help track the spread of diseases based on how many people are refusing to get vaccines.

When Crowdfunding Trial For HIV Vaccine, Everyone’s A Critic

By | Wed, 02/12/2014 - 19:47

The Immunity Project is using crowdfunding to support the development of its HIV vaccine, but the effort is not without its critics.

Veterinary Medicine Used To Treat Kids' Worm Infections

By | Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:00

Swiss researchers have used a veterinary medication to treat worm infections among children in developing countries.

HIV Vaccine Development Only End To HIV/AIDS Pandemic

By | Wed, 02/05/2014 - 17:00

Developing an effective HIV vaccine is the only perceivable end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to a new report.

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.

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