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First Screening Tests Approved for Tickborne Parasite

Posted 7 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – The first set of blood screening tests for the tickborne parasite Babesia microti have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Also dubbed B. microti, the parasite infects 1,000 to 2,000 people per year in the United States, the agency said in a news release. In addition to being carried by blacklegged or deer ticks, the disease also can be transmitted ...

Skimp on Sleep and You Just May Wind Up Sick

Posted 9 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – Ever noticed that when you try to "do it all," the one thing you can count on is getting sick? Now, a new study suggests why: if you don't get enough sleep, your immune system seems to suffer. The finding comes from a study of 11 pairs of twin adults. Each pair of twins had significantly different sleeping routines. The researchers found that the twin who regularly slept ...

Toxins in Your Fast-Food Packaging?

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Many grease-resistant fast-food wrappers and boxes contain potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into food, a new study contends. Testing on more than 400 samples from restaurants nationwide revealed that nearly half of fast-food wrappers and one out of five paperboard food boxes contained detectable levels of fluorine, said lead researcher Laurel Schaider. She's ...

Immune System Reboots During Sleep

Posted 4 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 – Researchers say they've gained new insight into how the immune system restores itself during sleep. Blood samples were taken from 14 healthy young men, average age 25, when they slept through the night and again when they stayed awake all night. The samples were analyzed for levels of T-cells, which are white blood cells that are the foundation of the immune system. ...

Nearly 3 Percent of U.S. Adults Have Weakened Immunity: Study

Posted 28 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 – A new study reports that about 3 percent of people surveyed in the United States have a suppressed, or weakened, immune system. The statistics offer insight into the number of Americans who have immunity-suppressing conditions such as AIDS or take drugs that treat autoimmune disorders by weakening the immune system, the researchers said. The researchers believe these ...

Black Americans May Have Stronger Immune Response to Infections

Posted 21 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – Researchers say that based on laboratory studies, the cells of black Americans mount a much stronger immune response to infection than those of European-Americans. That hearty response might have a downside, though. It could play a role in black Americans' higher risk for heart disease, stroke and autoimmune inflammatory diseases, the researchers said. The findings ...

Baby's Immune System Might Hint at Autism Risk

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – While the origins of autism remain mysterious, new research points to the infant immune system as a potential contributing factor. A team of Swedish and American researchers said levels of certain protein "markers" in newborns' blood seemed to predict which children would go on to develop an autism spectrum disorder. This is "important evidence that the immune system in ...

Gene Therapy May Offer Hope for 'Bubble Boy' Disease

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – A new gene therapy shows preliminary promise against so-called "Bubble Boy" disease, researchers report. A small, early-stage trial assessed the safety and effectiveness of the gene therapy in five patients with Bubble Boy disease, formally known as severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). Previous bone marrow transplants had failed to correct their immune ...

Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – Living near busy roads with high levels of air pollution raises lung transplant patients' risk of organ rejection and death, but some antibiotics lower that risk, a new study shows. Researchers examined data gathered from more than 5,700 lung transplant patients in 10 European countries between 1987 and 2013. The analysis revealed that patients who lived in areas where ...

Immune System Genes May Change With the Seasons: Study

Posted 12 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – When the seasons change, your immune system response may also change, British researchers report. These findings might explain why conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease are worse in the winter than in the summer, the new study finds. The researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed genes from more than 16,000 people worldwide, including those ...

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