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The Immune System – News and Features

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Immune System “Misdirection” May Explain Link Between Epstein-Barr Virus and MS

Research from the University of Birmingham has found that following EBV infection there is more immune system cross-reactivity, where the body’s immune system binds to the wrong target, than previously thought.
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“Artificial Lymph Node” May Help Train the Immune System To Kill Cancer Cells

A new study has found that implanting an “artificial lymph node” under the skin of mice may act as a hub to teach immune cells how to recognize and kill cancer cells, prolonging mouse survival and slowing tumor growth.
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Bladder Cancer Therapy Shows Promise for Those Unresponsive to Standard Treatment

A combination of oncolytic virotherapy and an immune checkpoint inhibitor has shown promise for unresponsive bladder cancer.
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Macrophages Promote Muscle Healing By Behaving Like Mural Cells

A new study from researchers at Uppsala University establishes that macrophage in the adult ischemic muscle induce a phenotype switch into mural cells to support restoration of functional blood flow and thereby promote healing.
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New Brain Tumor Therapy Helps Immune System Recognize Cancer Cells

In a major advance for the treatment of the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma, scientists used ultrasound technology to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and provide a small dose of a chemotherapy and immunotherapy drug cocktail.
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Machine Learning Reveals Key Differences in Inner Workings of Immune Cells

Thanks to a particular cellular architecture, more than half of all killer T cells are able to mount a faster and stronger response to pathogens.
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Fish Oil Injection Reduces Brain Damage in Newborn Rodents

An injectable emulsion containing two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil markedly reduced brain damage in newborn rodents after a disruption in the flow of oxygen to the brain near birth.
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No Increased Risk of Preterm Birth Following COVID-19 Vaccine

A new study adds evidence supporting the safety of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, finding that vaccination is not associated with an increased risk of preterm birth.
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PFAS Linked to an Increased Risk of Heart Diseases in Postmenopausal Women

New research has linked multiple types of PFAS with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases in postmenopausal women, revealing how PFAS interact with pro-inflammatory pathways.
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Climate Change Will Make Air Pollution Worse, Study Finds

A new study finds climate change is likely to make upward spikes of ozone at ground level worse by 2050, which could result in many parts of the United States falling out of compliance with air quality standards and increasing risks to public health.