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The Immune System – News and Features

A pregnant woman in labour.

COVID Vaccines Lower Risk of Caesarean Births

Global meta-analysis of 1.8m women found vaccines led to 61% lower odds of infection during pregnancy and lower odds of hypertension and neonatal ICU admission.
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Nightmares and Hallucinations Could Be an Early Sign of Autoimmune Disease

Neuropsychiatric symptoms such as nightmares could be early indicators of lupus, a new study has found. Researchers argue that there needs to be greater recognition that these types of symptoms can act as an early warning sign of a disease flare.
A clinician applies a band aid to a vaccination site.

Mandated Flu Shots for Staff Are Now Required by More Hospitals

In just a few months, hospitals and health systems nationwide will start working to vaccinate as many staff as possible against the flu, and more US hospitals than ever will require employees to get vaccinated.
Immunotherapy attacking a cancer cell.

Reinvigorating Exhausted Immune Cells May Kickstart Anti-Cancer Therapy

Researchers at The Jackson Laboratory have not only identified how two immune cells work together to fight cancer but also revealed the cascade of molecules that help coordinate this attack.
Underwater photography of three dolphins.

Florida's Dolphins Are High in Mercury

In a study with potential implications for the oceans and human health, scientists reported elevated mercury levels in dolphins.
Three T cells surround a cancer cell

Secondary Cancer Risk Low Following CAR T-Cell Therapy, Study Finds

New research illustrates that the risk of secondary cancers following CAR T-cell therapy is low.
A cell with pink interior and transparent membrane.

“Synthetic” Cell Follows Chemical Directions, Advancing the Search for New Drug Delivery Systems

Scientists have developed a minimal synthetic cell that follows external chemical cues and demonstrates a governing principle of biology called “symmetry breaking.”
An immune cell attacks a pathogen, surrounded by antibodies.

Immune Cells Can Outlive an Organism and Age Independently

While most cell types experience a functional decline after years of proliferation and replication, T cells can proliferate seemingly indefinitely.
An old couple at the beach.

Genetic Blueprint Influences Women's Cellular Response to Aging

A genomic analysis co-led by NIH suggests that the DNA a woman is born with may influence how her cells respond to chromosomal abnormalities acquired with aging.
White outline of a human liver and blood vessels on a woman wearing a grey t-shirt.

A Reflection on Global Fatty Liver Day 2024: How Organ-on-a-Chip Addresses R&D Challenges

To commemorate Global Fatty Liver Day, this article explores how organ-on-a-chip models are transforming liver disease research.