Five lupus patients enter long-lasting remission after immunotherapy

Scientists in Germany have reported that five patients undergoing an experimental treatment for lupus have all entered remission for up to 17 months. The promising breakthrough came from the use of CAR T cell immunotherapy, an emerging treatment for di… Continue reading Five lupus patients enter long-lasting remission after immunotherapy

Immunotherapy combo targets mutation found in up to 25% of all cancers

Scientists at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have found a way to fight one of the most common cancer-causing mutations. The new drug puts up an “eat me” marker that can help the immune system or other drugs find and kill the cancer.C… Continue reading Immunotherapy combo targets mutation found in up to 25% of all cancers

Rheumatoid arthritis protein discovery points to potential new therapy

A team of researchers in the United States has discovered a novel mechanism in which a key protein drives the inflammatory damage associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The foundational finding is hoped to direct research toward entirely new pathways to… Continue reading Rheumatoid arthritis protein discovery points to potential new therapy

Antibody “master key” discovery could neutralize all COVID variants

A new study published in Nature Communications has homed in on a part of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that seems to be shared across all known variants. The research also reveals an antibody fragment that can hypothetically block the virus from enterin… Continue reading Antibody “master key” discovery could neutralize all COVID variants

T-cell-refreshing molecule could be key to preventing immune exhaustion

The immune system is our first and most powerful line of defense, but during long-term battles the T cell foot-soldiers can become exhausted. Now, researchers have identified a specific molecule that helps certain T cells refresh themselves, which coul… Continue reading T-cell-refreshing molecule could be key to preventing immune exhaustion

MIT develops rapid at-home test to measure COVID immunity

An innovative new test developed by researchers at MIT promises to offer people the ability to quickly and easily measure their COVID-19 immunity. The test tracks levels of neutralizing antibodies in a drop of blood, helping a person evaluate their sus… Continue reading MIT develops rapid at-home test to measure COVID immunity

Injectable hydrogel fills surgical cavities to keep brain cancer at bay

Glioblastoma is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, often returning with a vengeance after surgery to remove it. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have now developed an immunity-boosting hydrogel that can be injected into the brain… Continue reading Injectable hydrogel fills surgical cavities to keep brain cancer at bay

Inflatable insulin pumps reduce scar tissue for long-term drug delivery

The immune system’s foreign body response is important for keeping us healthy – but it’s not so useful when that foreign body is a medical implant. Researchers at MIT have now developed a device that prevents scar tissue forming around implants by gent… Continue reading Inflatable insulin pumps reduce scar tissue for long-term drug delivery

Scientists create first full map of human immune system connectivity

By using advanced screening methods to tune into the communications taking place between individual cells, scientists have produced the first full connectivity map of the human immune system. This new wiring diagram will help researchers better underst… Continue reading Scientists create first full map of human immune system connectivity

Stem cell HIV cure proves successful in oldest patient to date

A 66-year-old man has become the fourth patient to be effectively cured of a HIV infection after undergoing a stem cell transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that has been linked to HIV resistance. The man, now in remission for 17 months… Continue reading Stem cell HIV cure proves successful in oldest patient to date