Implantable “sponge” fights off cancer in striking mouse study

Researchers at UCLA have developed a small sponge that can be implanted next to a tumor to help the body fight it. In tests in mice, the devices induced remission, prevented growth and spread of cancers, and increased survival times.Continue ReadingCat… Continue reading Implantable “sponge” fights off cancer in striking mouse study

Gene therapy cures kids with rare “bubble-boy” disease in new trial

A rare genetic disease that renders children without a functioning immune system from birth has been effectively cured by an experimental gene therapy. A new study is reporting on the first 10 children treated with the therapy, all of whom are now heal… Continue reading Gene therapy cures kids with rare “bubble-boy” disease in new trial

Immunotherapy-boosting chemo drug shows promise in clinical trial

A combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy has shown promise for treating stage IV melanoma in a new clinical trial. The chemo drug targets a type of cell that suppresses the immune response, and together the two showed an increased response rate…. Continue reading Immunotherapy-boosting chemo drug shows promise in clinical trial

Immune protein discovery points to new heart disease treatment

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States and treatments are still surprisingly limited. Other than reducing cholesterol levels with statins, most treatments are indirect, such as preventing diabetes and high blood pressure, o… Continue reading Immune protein discovery points to new heart disease treatment

Experimental anti-obesity drug reduces gut inflammation in mice

An experimental anti-obesity drug developed several years ago by researchers at the Salk Institute has been found to prevent intestinal inflammation in mice. The drug has yet to be tested in humans but the findings point to a novel way to prevent flare… Continue reading Experimental anti-obesity drug reduces gut inflammation in mice

Asthma breakthrough uncovers key mechanism behind airway thickening

New research from the La Jolla Institute for Immunology has brought a novel, long-term treatment for severe asthma a step closer. Building on a decade of work, the new findings present a potential way to block the thickening of airway muscle tissue see… Continue reading Asthma breakthrough uncovers key mechanism behind airway thickening

Immune-regulating nanoparticles prevent arthritis in susceptible mice

Autoimmune diseases are a common health problem, and while system-wide immune suppression can help relieve symptoms, this can cause other complications. In a new study, scientists at Scripps Research developed nanoparticles that can selectively target … Continue reading Immune-regulating nanoparticles prevent arthritis in susceptible mice

Immune-regulating nanoparticles prevent arthritis in susceptible mice

Autoimmune diseases are a common health problem, and while system-wide immune suppression can help relieve symptoms, this can cause other complications. In a new study, scientists at Scripps Research developed nanoparticles that can selectively target … Continue reading Immune-regulating nanoparticles prevent arthritis in susceptible mice

Promising prostate cancer drug hints at improved immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a promising cancer treatment, but getting it to work against solid tumors is proving difficult. A new study has not only identified a drug that’s effective against solid tumors, but may have uncovered a reason that immunotherapy often … Continue reading Promising prostate cancer drug hints at improved immunotherapy

Study proves chronic exposure to air pollution can weaken immune system

It’s assumed that as we get older our health will gradually deteriorate. Our bodies age, wrinkles form, metabolism slows, and our immune system weakens. But how much of what we consider to simply be natural aging is actually due to preventable environm… Continue reading Study proves chronic exposure to air pollution can weaken immune system