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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researchers identify role that skin plays in Zika virus

When a mosquito infected with Zika virus bites someone, the skin is the first line of defense against infection.

Medical research

New molecular mechanism that regulates the sentinel cells of the immune system

A team at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC), working in partnership with researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, has discovered a new molecular mechanism mediated by nuclear receptors ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Coronavirus: once you have antibodies, are you safe?

Patrick Vallance, chief scientific adviser to the UK government, recently said that many groups are working on blood tests for COVID-19, adding: "That would tell us who has had it and now has antibodies, therefore won't catch ...

Medical research

Researchers discover potential boost to immunotherapy

Mount Sinai researchers have discovered a pathway that regulates special immune system cells in lung cancer tumors, suppressing them and allowing tumors to grow. The scientists also figured out how to interrupt this pathway ...

Immunology

How to boost immune response to vaccines in older people

Research just published by the Linterman lab shows that the immune system of older mice can be given a helping hand by applying immunology expertise and some genital wart treatment (don't try this at home just yet)!

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 science: Understanding the basics of 'herd immunity'

Recently I heard a medical "expert" on the news incorrectly define the term "herd immunity." It's a new phrase for many people, but we're hearing about it more and more, so it's important to understand exactly what it is.

Cardiology

Too much salt weakens the immune system

A high-salt diet is not only bad for blood pressure, but also for the immune system. This is the conclusion of a current study under the leadership of the University Hospital Bonn. Mice fed a high-salt diet were found to ...

Immunology

Diet, nutrition have profound effects on gut microbiome

Nutrition and diet have a profound impact on microbial composition in the gut, in turn affecting a range of metabolic, hormonal, and neurological processes, according to a literature review by scientists from the George Washington ...