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Scientists identify protein that may improve survival during the flu

Researchers have identified a protein that modifies the immune response to the flu and may also help reduce lung inflammation and improve survival during influenza. The results — published in the journal Respiratory Research — suggest that the protein, GM-CSF, could be a potential therapeutic strategy for treating the flu, said E Scott Halstead, Assistant Professor at Penn State College ... Read More »

Scientists develop drug that re-programmes cells to fight cancer

Australian researchers have developed a drug capable of reprogramming the immune system to fight cancer, it was announced on Thursday. The landmark new therapy, developed by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, involves removing immune cells from the body to genetically enhance them before putting them back in the body to fight cancer, Xinhua reports. The form of immunotherapy has previously ... Read More »

Scientists begin trial of radiation injections for cancers

Australian scientists began a clinical trial of injecting radiotherapy to combat aggressive breast cancer, media reported on Wednesday. Women suffering from the most aggressive types of breast cancer will undergo treatment combining radiation with immunotherapy in an attempt to “reawaken” the immune system to fight the disease, Xinhua news agency said. “The trial was approved after promising studies on animals ... Read More »

Scientists Find ‘Good’ Cholesterol Can Sometimes Be Bad

                  Image via iStock So-called “good” cholesterol may actually increase heart attack risks in some people, researchers said on Thursday, a discovery that casts fresh doubt on drugs designed to raise it. High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is generally associated with reduced heart risks, since it usually offsets the artery-clogging effects of ... Read More »

Scientists Identify Antigens That May Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

When an autoreactive T cell sees its antigen, it becomes activated and can initiate disease. (Representational image) New York:  A new class of antigens have been identified that may be a contributing factor to type 1 diabetes. Type-1 diabetes is the auto-immune form of diabetes, in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body’s own immune ... Read More »