- A tiny capsule fitted with 5-millimeter-long needles can administer drugs directly into the GI tract.
- No matter how long you wait to introduce your child to gluten, it will not decrease their risk for developing celiac disease.
- "Science Cop" Jeffrey Kluger pokes holes in anti-vaccination reports claiming a link between vaccines and autism development.
- Patients with common variable immune deficiency suffer from recurrent bacterial infections due to leaky intestines that cripple bacteria-fighting T-cells.
- Elderly immune systems are at greater risk from the effects of grief because of the strange way their stress hormones respond, a new study found.
- Doctors have figured out how Ebola shuts down the body's natural immune system, which could offer hope for shutting down Ebola.
- Our genes are able to "frameshift," or quickly alter their operating instructions, and this may help modulate our body's immune response.
- Scientists have mapped the genome of a parasite that might help treat autoimmune diseases when administered in the body.
- The natural occurring protein, oligoadenylate synthetases-like (OASL), could replace interferon as the preferred method of treatment for viral infections.
- Though National Children’s Day may have originated with religious purposes, today it’s a good time to educate yourself on children’s issues in the U.S. and around the world.
- World Cup 2014 travelers have been advised to schedule an appointment with their doctors and to be up-to-date on all vaccines before departing for Brazil.
- Researchers have developed a cancer vaccine that targets the blood vessels, thus indirectly killing the tumor.
Immune System Disorders
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.