Immune System / Vaccines Seniors / Aging

Has a small trial stumbled upon a way to reverse biological aging?

In a small clinical trial, scientists were looking for a means to restore the thymus — the gland that forms and releases key immune cells. By doing so, they actually managed to reverse various aspects of biological aging. A three-pronged intervention demonstrates it may be possible to reverse biological aging. The thymus gland, located between […]

Immune System / Vaccines

The key to myasthenia gravis progression may be hidden in serum

Researchers have identified previously undetectable biomarkers that could help diagnose and direct the treatment of a rare autoimmune disease. New research finds clues to myasthenia gravis progression in blood serum. Autoimmune conditions are a class of disease in which a person’s immune system produces antibodies to attack tissues in the body. There are many types […]

Cancer / Oncology Immune System / Vaccines

Inflammation in late teens linked to mortality risk decades later

Using data from more than 100,000 males and spanning more than 3 decades, a new study investigates the long term effect of inflammation in early adulthood. Could inflammation in early adulthood influence disease risk more than 30 years on? Inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to harmful stimuli, such as irritants, damaged cells, […]

Cancer / Oncology Immune System / Vaccines

New immunotherapy shows promise against brain tumors in mice

For the first time, scientists have shown that a new type of immunotherapy can reach and treat brain cancer from the bloodstream in mice. The nano-immunotherapy stopped brain tumor cells multiplying and increased survival. Scientists who devised an immunotherapy that can cross the blood-brain barrier in mice hope that the findings may one day translate […]

Immune System / Vaccines

Inflammation in type 2 diabetes: Study overturns previous notions

New research dispels the prevalent notion that glucose drives inflammation in obesity-related type 2 diabetes. The findings may explain why so many treatments to prevent complications in type 2 diabetes have failed. Researchers used cell culture experiments to reveal that defects in the cells’ mitochondria, along with exposure to certain types of fats, drive inflammation […]

Immune System / Vaccines Multiple Sclerosis

Could activating these immune cells protect against MS?

In multiple sclerosis, overactive inflammatory immune cells destroy the tissue that surrounds and insulates the nerves. Now, new research in mice reveals that activating a different group of immune cells could potentially counteract the destructive autoimmune reaction. Researchers focused on the role of a single type of T cell in triggering MS. Researchers at Stanford […]

Immune System / Vaccines Multiple Sclerosis

Vaccinations do not raise risk of multiple sclerosis

A large study has concluded that vaccinations are not a risk factor for multiple sclerosis. Instead, the findings reveal a consistent link between higher vaccination rates and a lower likelihood of developing the disabling condition. There is no evidence that vaccinations increase the likelihood of MS. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in […]