Autoimmune Diseases

Liver tropism is key for B cell deletion immunotherapy

Antibodies against the B cell surface protein CD20 have been used successfully to treat B cell-mediated autoimmune diseases and lymphomas. Antibody binding receptors, called Fc receptors, on other immune cells bind anti-CD20 ...

Nov 01, 2013
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How infection can trigger autoimmune disease

Australian scientists have confirmed a 'weak link' in the immune system – identifying the exact conditions under which an infection can trigger an autoantibody response, a process not clearly understood until now.

Nov 09, 2012
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Video reveals cancer cells' Achilles' heel (w/ Video)

(Medical Xpress)—Scientists from the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research (MCCIR) have discovered why a particular cancer drug is so effective at killing cells. Their findings could ...

Apr 24, 2013
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Origin of unusual glands in the body discovered

The thymus gland is a critical component of the human immune system that is responsible for the development of T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, which help organize and lead the body's fighting forces against harmful organisms like ...

Jan 23, 2014
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Six myths about vaccines

Recently released government figures show childhood vaccination has fallen to dangerously low levels in some parts of Australia, resulting in corners of the media claiming that "the vaccine debate" has been ...

Sep 19, 2013
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Team reprograms blood cells into blood stem cells in mice

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One in 13 US schoolkids takes psych meds

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