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How proteins disable bacterial toxins

New research shows that small proteins called defensins, which are active in the immune system, neutralise toxins released by bacteria.

Protein responsible for sepsis identified

Enhanced levels of a protein that induces the creation of fatty acid can lead to sepsis, a leading cause of death for patients in intensive care units, new research has found.

Skin microbes may boost immune response

Various microorganisms that naturally colonise the skin may help protect us from infections as they trigger specific responses in the skin immune system to fight invasion by pathogens, a new research, involving an Indian-origin scientist, has found.

Could depression be a physical illness?

Depression may not be a mental or emotional condition but actually a result of inflammation caused by the body's immune system, scientists say.

Binge drinking disrupts immune system

 Binge drinking in young, healthy adults significantly disrupts the immune system, according to a new study.

Stem cells successfully send Multiple sclerosis into remission

 A new study has recently revealed that for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), high-dose immunosuppressive therapy with autologous hematopoietic cell transplant is related with sustained remission and improvements in neurologic function.

Why red meat causes cancer revealed

 A new study has examined that Neu5Gc, a non-human sugar found in red meat, promotes inflammation and cancer progression in rodents.

This intestinal protein helps reduce obesity

A new study has revealed that the intestine immune system (a protein called MyD88) helps in controlling body weight and to reduce the diabetes type 2, linked to the obesity.

Extra dose of vitamin E may help protect against pneumonia

 A new study has recently revealed that extra vitamin E may help protect against common type of Pneumonia in humans, as it showed promising results in protecting older mice from the disease.

Cells that facilitate tumour growth identified

A recent study has identified the population of white blood cells that tumours use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system.

Here's how malaria parasites evade immune system

While living in human red blood cells, malaria parasites use new genetic tricks every 48 hours to evade the human immune system, a sequencing of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite has revealed.

Extra vitamin E can protect against pneumonia

A little extra intake of vitamin E can help regulate an ageing immune system, protecting the body from a bacterial infection that commonly causes , a research has found.

NASA's 'Fruit Fly Lab' to study immune function in spaceflight
NASA's 'Fruit Fly Lab' to study immune function in spaceflight

Aiming to understand how spaceflight affects the immune system's response to infection, the most advanced research to date for studying fruit flies in space is set to make its debut on the International Space Station (ISS).

New compound can destroy malaria in 48 hours

 A promising new anti-malarial compound tricks the immune system to rapidly destroy red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite without damaging healthy cells, a new study has found.

Key protein may contribute to wound healing, tumour growth

A key protein may allow for a new way to use the immune system to speed healing and counter inflammatory, infectious and autoimmune diseases, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin scientist.

Key protein to speed up wound healing

An Indian-origin doctor has discovered the key role a protein related to the immune system plays in healing, paving the path for manipulating the immune system to speed up the healing process.

Simple diet tips for people living with HIV

If you are a person infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), you need to pay special attention to your diet to keep your immune system strong and healthy. 

Experimental vaccine slows progress of breast cancer

 An experimental breast cancer vaccine has been showing progress in slowing down the development of disease in patients.

Personalised vaccines for cancer a step closer

 Researchers have developed a strategy to create personalised vaccines that spur the immune system to attack harmful tumours.