Tag Archives: Immune

HIV Used to Treat “Bubble Boy” Immune Deficiency

HIV is well known for causing immune deficiency, but in a new twist, researchers have used a disabled form of the virus to deliver gene therapy that successfully treated children with inherited immune system impairment. Researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis tested the experimental approach in eight infants with severe combined immunodeficiency… Read More »

You should pick your nose — and eat it, too! And other prescriptions for a better immune system

Should you pick your nose? Don’t laugh. Scientifically, it’s an interesting question. Should your children pick their noses? Should your children eat dirt? Maybe: Your body needs to know what immune challenges lurk in the immediate environment. Should you use anti-bacterial soap or hand sanitizers? No. Are we taking too many antibiotics? Yes. “I tell… Read More »

Stopping cancer from recruiting immune system double agents

Cancerous tumors trick myeloid cells, an important part of the immune system, into perceiving them as a damaged part of the body; the tumors actually put myeloid cells to work helping them grow and metastasize (spread). A research team co-led by scientists at Rush University Medical Center have discovered a potential therapy that can disrupt… Read More »