News tagged with immune functions

Vitamin D deficiency may compromise immune function

Older individuals who are vitamin D deficient also tend to have compromised immune function, according to new research accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) ...

Feb 25, 2014
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Immune cells may heal an injured heart

The immune system plays an important role in the heart's response to injury. But until recently, confusing data made it difficult to distinguish the immune factors that encourage the heart to heal following ...

Jan 16, 2014
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Christmas really can make you ill, leading academic warns

A breakdown in usual routines, less sleep, more alcohol and immense pressure to be the perfect host can combine to create a very real risk of Christmas making people ill, a University of Birmingham researcher has warned.

Dec 06, 2013
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Roles of T cells in disease cures and causes

T cells aren't as simple as you might think. Some attack infections and keep us healthy. Others allow tumors to grow. Understanding how these cells – the soldiers of our immune systems – develop and function ...

Dec 06, 2013
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Chilly temperatures help cancers grow

At low temperatures the human body has a hard time. As the cold sets in, blood vessels constrict to maintain heat and some body parts – like fingers and toes – begin to suffer. Metabolism ramps up to ...

Nov 18, 2013
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Human immune system shapes skin microbiome

Our skin plays host to millions of beneficial and potentially disease-causing microorganisms; however, whether our immune system influences these microbial communities to prevent disease is unknown. In a ...

Oct 29, 2013
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