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Why do some people never get sick? How genes, habits and your surroundings can make or break immune health

“People get exposed to the same virus, the same dose, even the same source. One gets very sick, and the ...
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Fighting cancer by boosting the body’s immune system with genetically engineered bacteria

Our immune system can defeat cancer. Immune cells can directly attack cancer cells or produce proteins that don’t let tumors ...
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Is climate change dampening our ability to fight the coronavirus and other diseases?

Scientists have long known that the rise in average global temperatures is expanding the geographical presence of vector-borne diseases such ...
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‘The fittest among us?’: Why are preteens at lowest risk from coronavirus?

Although the estimation of mortality and morbidity rates caused by pandemics is fraught with difficulty, a trend seems to emerge ...
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Chronic inflammation a silent threat that can ‘damage DNA and lead to heart disease, cancer’

Chronic inflammation begins without an apparent cause — and doesn’t stop. The immune system becomes activated, but the inflammatory response ...
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Exposure to different types of dirt may boost body’s immune system, study suggests

Differences in allergy incidence between the two sides of the Finnish-Russian border might have something to do with exposure to ...
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Clues for predicting premature birth risk may be found in mother’s immune system, microbiome

For decades, researchers and clinicians have sought ways to predict and prevent preterm birth with little progress to show for ...
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Measles wreaks havoc on body’s immune system, making it susceptible to other infections, study shows

Measles wages war on cells of the immune system. Now two tallies of the carnage, described in the Nov. 1 Science and Science ...
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Alzheimer’s trial seeks to harness the body’s immune system

Scientists in academic and corporate labs are already pursuing a host of new approaches that they hope will offer pathways ...
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Harnessing biological clocks to boost fight against disease, parasites

[Evolutionary parasitologist Sarah] Reece and other scientists are exploring an idea that is making waves in biology: If the body ...
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‘Immune amnesia’: Why measles makes you more vulnerable to infections that cause pneumonia, ear infections, diarrhea

The most iconic thing about measles is the rash — red, livid splotches that make infection painfully visible. But that ...
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Gene therapy’s fight against ‘bubble boy’ disease may have yielded a safe cure

“Cure” is a strong word, but the authors are confident that it has been achieved ...
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Can your sex partner alter your microbiome, immune system?

People’s sexual partners could impact both their gut microbiome and their immune system, according to a new study from the University of ...
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Is narcolepsy caused by a ‘treacherous’ immune system?

New research could lead to easier diagnoses of this rare sleep disorder ...
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Searching for autism clues in the placenta

Activation of a mother’s immune system during pregnancy can increase the risk of autism in her child. New clues to ...
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‘Blueprint’ of plant’s immune system could speed breeding of disease-resistant crops

Washington State University researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the ...
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Transforming treatment of diabetes with insulin-producing cellular implants

Many people with diabetes prick their fingers several times a day to measure blood sugar levels and decide on the ...
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Newly discovered ‘micro-organ’ could lead to innovative vaccines

Researchers have identified a brand new 'micro-organ' inside the immune system of mice and humans – the first discovery of ...
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‘Overactive immune system’: Is schizophrenia a body-wide disorder?

While some may believe that schizophrenia is only affects the mind, a new study shows that the disease actually affects ...
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Is the key to treating or preventing autism hiding in the gut microbiome?

Studies have connected the brain and the microbiome through what’s becoming known as the “gut-brain-axis.” The mystery of our microbiota ...
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Why the body’s response to pregnancy may help us better understand cancer

Cancer cells and placental cells regulate the immune system in remarkably similar ways. We can learn a great deal by ...
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Cancer quest: Can we drive down the cost of promising immunotherapy treatments?

The so-called fourth pillar of cancer therapy still has a major drawback - high cost that make gold appear cheap ...
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Early warning child allergy detection system? Competing theories of how to inoculate children against developing reactions

Allergic reactions to foods can strike young children without warning. Now, a controversial blood test may be able to detect ...
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Fighting cancer by shifting the body’s immune system into overdrive

Gene-targeted treatments and immunotherapy offer great promise to cure cancer, but they work in less than half of patients and ...