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U.S. Payers Intend to Limit Preferred Coverage to Only One Immune Biologic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and GLEN ROCK, N.J., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthLeaders-InterStudy and Fingertip Formulary find that 76 percent of surveyed pharmacy directors say that by 2014 they expect their managed care organization will have only one preferred biologic for all immune conditions, ...

Leukemia cells evade immune system by mimicking normal cells, Stanford studies show

STANFORD, Calif. Human leukemia stem cells escape detection by co-opting a protective molecular badge used by normal blood stem cells to migrate safely within the body, according to a pair of studies by researchers at Stanford University Medical School. "We call it the 'Don't eat me signal,'" ...

Molecule Helps Leukemia Cells Hide From Immune System

Discovery might lead to new strategies to fight the disease, researchers say THURSDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Leukemia stem cells cleverly cloak themselves to avoid detection by a person's immune system, according to a pair of studies by researchers at Stanford University Medical ...

Mass. General-based research center will investigate why immune system fails to control hepatitis C

A research consortium based at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been awarded $15 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to investigate how the hepatitis C virus (HCV) resists suppression and clearance by the immune system. The five-year grant will support a...

Cell division find prompts overhaul of immune response modeling

Research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute into the mechanics of how two types of white blood cells grow and die is fundamentally changing the development of computer models that are used to predict how immune system cells respond to a pathogenic threat. A team led by Professor Phil Hodgkin...

Intravenous Immune Biologics Will Suffer from the Pending Shift in Coverage from the Medical to the Pharmacy Benefit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and GLEN ROCK, N.J., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthLeaders-InterStudy and Fingertip Formulary find that surveyed pharmacy directors of both national and single state plans say coverage of immune biologics will shift from a medical benefit to a pharmacy benefit by 20...

Researchers map how staph infections alter immune system

DALLAS July 14, 2009 Infectious disease specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have mapped the gene profiles of children with severe Staphylococcus aureus infections, providing crucial insight into how the human immune system is programmed to respond to this pathogen and opening new do...

UCLA scientists identify how immune cells may help predict Alzheimer's risk

What if you could test your risk for Alzheimer's disease much like your cholesterol levels through a simple blood test? UCLA scientists have discovered a way to measure the amount of amyloid beta that is being absorbed by immune cells in the blood. Amyloid beta forms the plaques considered th...

Strep B Seems to Trick Immune System

Finding could lead to better treatment of sepsis, meningitis in newborns MONDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- A bacterial pathogen that causes sepsis and meningitis in newborns shuts down immune cell function to ensure its survival, a new study shows. The findings about Group B Strep...

CU-Boulder study shows brain's immune system may cause chronic seizures

Chronic seizures caused by traumatic head injuries may result from chemicals released by the brain's immune system attempting to repair the injured site, according to a study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder. The findings could help prevent one of the most common forms of adult epil...

Microscopic 'beads' could help create 'designer' immune cells that ignore transplanted organs

AUGUSTA, Ga. The future of organ transplantation could include microscopic beads that create "designer" immune cells to help patients tolerate their new organ, Medical College of Georgia researchers say. "It's absolutely natural," says Dr. Anatolij Horuzsko, reproductive immunologist at the MC...

C-Section Stress Could Alter Baby's Immune Cells

And that might raise odds for diabetes, asthma later on, researchers say THURSDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Babies delivered by cesarean section experience changes to the DNA of white blood cells, which might explain why they're at increased risk for immunological diseases such as di...

Cancer Patients Use New Guided Imagery CD to Help Boost Healthy Immune Functioning

A self-help technique called guided imagery has been steadily gaining in popularity and mainstream distribution by hospitals, pharmas and insurance companies, as new research demonstrates its efficacy for producing heightened immune cell activity. CLEVELAND, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A new self...

Transplant drug stimulates immune memory

Rapamycin, a drug given to transplant recipients to suppress their immune systems, has a paradoxical effect on cells responsible for immune memory, scientists at the Emory Vaccine Center have discovered. In experiments conducted in both mice and monkeys, rapamycin can stimulate the formation of...

Structures from the human immune system's oldest branch shed light on a range of diseases

PHILADELPHIA How molecules of the oldest branch of the human immune system have interconnected has remained a mystery. Now, two new structures, both involving a central component of an enzyme important to the complement system of the immune response, reveal how this system fights invading microbe...

Rare disorder gives modelers first glimpse at immune system development

DURHAM, N.C. -- Children born without thymus glands have given Duke University Medical Center researchers a rare opportunity to watch as a new immune system develops its population of infection-fighting T-cells. Researchers led by Thomas Kepler, Ph.D., Division Chief of Computational Biology, ...

New Immune Approach for Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease

New hope for a much needed new approach for tackling Alzheimer's disease will be discussed in detail this week at a new medical conference in Philadelphia. At the inaugural Targeting Alzheimer's with Novel Therapeutics conference, to be held as part of the 8th annual World Pharmaceutical Congres...

Penn study demonstrates new way to boost immune memory

PHILADELPHIA - After a vaccination or an infection, the human immune system remembers to keep protecting against invaders it has already encountered, with the aid of specialized B-cells and T-cells. Immunological memory has long been the subject of intense study, but the underlying cellular mechan...

Immunologists identify biochemical signals that help immune cells remember how to fight infection

DALLAS May 28, 2009 Immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered how two biochemical signals play unique roles in promoting the development of a group of immune cells employed as tactical assassins. In their initial response, these immune cells, known as cytotoxi...

New therapy enlists immune system to boost cure rate in a childhood cancer

A multicenter research team has announced encouraging results for an experimental therapy using elements of the body's immune system to improve cure rates for children with neuroblastoma, a challenging cancer of the nervous system. John M. Maris, M.D., chief of Oncology at The Children's Hospit...

Computer simulation captures immune response to flu

Researchers have successfully tested first the first time a computer simulation of major portions of the body's immune reaction to influenza type A, with implications for treatment design and preparation ahead of future pandemics, according to work accepted for publication, and posted online, by t...

Scientists develop mathematical model to predict the immune response to influenza

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a mathematical model to predict immune responses to infection with influenza A viruses, including novel viruses such as the emergent 2009 influenza A (H1N1). This model examines the contributions of specific sets of immune cells in fighting...

Scientists discover how smallpox may derail human immune system

GAINESVILLE, Fla. University of Florida researchers have learned more about how smallpox conducts its deadly business discoveries that may reveal as much about the human immune system as they do about one of the world's most feared pathogens. In findings to be published this week in the onlin...

7 Top Rated Immune Support Products from Swanson Vitamins

Swanson Vitamins lists their 7 Top Rated Immune Support Products as determined by their customers. Fargo, ND (PRWEB) May 1, 2009 -- Swanson Vitamins wants to remind people that maintaining a healthy immune system is important during stressful times. Stress can have a ne...

Ingredient in Probiotic Sweetener Boosts Immune System

Nevella(R) with Probiotics developed to enhance health INDIANAPOLIS, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Heartland Sweeteners LLC in conjunction with Ganeden Biotech has developed the world's first probiotic sweetener, Nevella(R) with Probiotics, which is designed to boost the immune system and promote ...

Scientists discover how to improve immune response to cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital

(Toronto April 26, 2009) A team of scientists at The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research (CFIBCR) at Princess Margaret Hospital and international collaborators have discovered how to trigger an improved immune response to cancer that could be included in new clinical trials that...

New Bill Offers Medicare Reimbursement Fix for Intravenous Immune Globulin

18 patient advocacy and health care professional groups join with Congressional sponsors Reps. Israel, Brady and Schwartz to announce new legislation; call for patient access to IVIG WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of Congress and patient advocacy groups announced to...

Instead of fighting breast cancer, immune cell promotes its spread

Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center have new evidence that a type of immune system cell thought to be part of the first line of defense against breast cancer may also help promote its spread. They have found that when these cells, known as lymphocyt...

Frost & Sullivan and International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) Present a Webinar on the Economy: 'Personal Protective Equipment Industry - Immune to Global Slowdown?'

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 11 a.m. EDT LOCATION: Online, with complimentary registration SPEAKERS: Sanjiv Bhaskar, Director, Global Personal Protective Equi...

HIV handicaps itself to escape immune system pressure

People with the ability to stave off AIDS for years after initial infection by HIV have been called "long-term non-progressors" or "elite controllers." One component of this remarkable resistance comes from an individual's HLA genes. Long-term non-progressors tend to have HLA genes that help t...

Not just a long-distance relationship: Immune cells in skin fight off infection better than the rest

Scientists at the University of Melbourne have discovered the local action of immune cells in the skin, which could improve treatment of viral skin infections. This work identifies previously unrecognised first-line defence mechanisms that are particularly important in barrier locations such as...

Cigarette smoke may alter immune response in COPD exacerbations

Smoking cigarettes is not only the principle cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but it may change the body's immune responses to bacteria that commonly cause exacerbations of the disease, according to new research in a mouse model. "It is well established that smoking is th...

The immune system's role in hepatitis C recurrence after liver transplantation

A new study pinpoints certain aspects of the immune system that may play a role in the recurrence and progression of hepatitis C virus (HCV) after liver transplantation. The study is in the April issue of Liver Transplantation , a journal published by John Wiley & Sons. The article is also availa...

TV crime drama compound highlights immune cells' misdeeds

St. Louis, March 20, 2009 Detectives on television shows often spray crime scenes with a compound called luminol to make blood glow. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have applied the same compound to much smaller crime scenes: sites where the immune system att...

Dendritic cells ensure immune tolerance

One of the most important tasks of the immune system is to identify what is foreign and what is self. If this distinction fails, then the body's own structures will be attacked, the result of which could be an autoimmune disease such as diabetes mellitus type 1 or multiple sclerosis. The only way ...

New Study Shows Probiotic Strain Effective in Boosting Immune Response

Bacillus coagulans boosts key immune marker upon exposure to cold and flu viruses CLEVELAND, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A promising new study in the March issue of Postgraduate Medicine suggests that a strain of probiotic bacteria, Ganeden BC30 ( Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, PTA-6086), increa...

Protein helps immune cells to divide and conquer

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a key protein that is required for immune cells called B lymphocytes to divide and replicate themselves. The rapid generation of large numbers of these immune cells is critical to the body's antibody defense...

German Medical Advancement Reflects Major Improvement in Individuals with Common and Chronic Illnesses Related to Immune System Dysfunction

A new preparation highly beneficial in patients with ailments from common skin disorders to hepatitis or HIV, is now available in the US without a prescription. Oral intake of the GKL03 synthetic peptides induces modulation and regulation of the immune system. GKL03 (Thymrevit) is a demonstrably ...

The Journal of Nutrition Publishes Study Indicating that AHCC(R) Provides Immune Support against West Nile Virus

Results demonstrate potential for AHCC(R) in individuals living with West Nile Virus or susceptible populations such as the elderly or immune compromised PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A study published online from The Journal of Nutrition (2009 Jan 13.) has demonstrated that AHCC(...

Team learns how cellular protein detects viruses and sparks immune response

A study led by researchers at the University of Illinois reveals how a cellular protein recognizes an invading virus and alerts the body to the infection. The research, described this week in the journal Science and led by Illinois physics professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute invest...
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