Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Taking the 'killer' out of natural killer cells

The virus responsible for chickenpox and shingles employs a powerful strategy of immune evasion, inhibiting the ability of natural killer cells to destroy infected cells and produce molecules that help control viral infection, ...

Immunology

Pathway to resolve allergic asthma is discovered

A group of Brazilian researchers succeeded in preventing allergic asthma from progressing in experimental models by increasing the amount of a certain protein. This increase, in turn, blocked the CD4+ T lymphocytes responsible ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Obesity and asthma: Study finds a link in the genes

(Medical Xpress)—Genes linked to chronic inflammation in asthma may be more active in people who are obese, according to new research that uncovers several biological ties between obesity and asthma.

Immunology

Medroxyprogesterone acetate linked to immune suppression

(HealthDay)—Use of the injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), common in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa with high HIV-1 prevalence, is associated with suppression of the immune response, according ...

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