PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 24-Mar-2014 Contact: Susan Gammon Ph.D. email@example.com 858-795-5012 Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute LA JOLLA, Calif., March 25, 2014 Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) and UC San Diego School of Medicine scientists have shown that by encapsulating immature pancreatic cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESC), and implanting them under the skin in animal models of diabetes, sufficient insulin is produced to maintain glucose levels without unwanted potential trade-offs of the technology.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), sustained by close to 2 million Americans annually, including military personnel, are debilitating and devastating for patients and their families. Regardless of severity, those with TBI can suffer a range of motor, behavioral, intellectual and cognitive disabilities over the short or long term.
Psoriasis and the immune system – Symposium: Psoriasis and the immune system Assoc. Prof. Dr (1) Continue reading →
Q: One of the two people from Pangasinan who were reported by a radio-TV network to be afflicted with a flesh-eating disease was actually suffering from psoriasis according to the Department of Health. What is psoriasis
2014: BBC World News – Gene Therapy Breakthrough for Patients on HIV Medication – 6/3/14 For the first time gene therapy has been used to boost the immune system of people with HIV. Scientists in the US have modified the genes of HIV patients whi… By: The LAME Channel (1) Continue reading →
The approach involves using enzymes to destroy a gene in the immune cells of people with HIV, thereby increasing resistance to the virus Scanning electron micrograph of a human T cell from the immune system of a healthy donor. Credit:NIAID/NIH – Wikimedia Commons A clinical trial has shown that a gene-editing technique can be safe and effective in humans
Echinacea, a plant commonly used in xeriscaping, can be made into a tea or tincture to bolster the immune system against colds. (Courtesy photo/ Sara Martinelli) iPlant with Brigitte Mars Local herbalist Mars has created an app with more information on more than 250 plants. Find it for $2.99 at the iPhone app store.
See Inside Techniques for getting past the immune system are key to safe and effective treatment Advances in gene therapy over the past 15 years are finally allowing investigators to safely treat a growing number of carefully selected patients with a broad range of defective or missing genes, as reported by Ricki Lewis in the March issue of Scientific American. One of the biggest obstacles researchers have learned to overcome is the immune systems propensity to over-react when thousands of copies of the stripped-down viruses carrying normal genes are injected into the body, mistakenly treating them as foreign invaders. Lewis describes the problem and various solutions that are being used in detail in her article
ISS Update Space Flight and the Immune System.webm NASA_s Space Shuttle Secret: Painstaking Pursuit of Perfection: Tiles! While I had thoroughly enjoyed my career life of 40-odd years working in aircraft engi… (1) Continue reading →
A new study describes the complexity of the new T cell repertoire following immune-depleting therapy to treat multiple sclerosis, improving our understanding of immune tolerance and clinical outcomes. In the Immune Tolerance Network’s (ITN) HALT-MS study, 24 patients with relapsing, remitting multiple sclerosis received high-dose immunosuppression followed by a transplant of their own stem cells, called an autologous stem cell transplant, to potentially reprogram the immune system so that it stops attacking the brain and spinal cord. Data published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation quantified and characterized T cell populations following this aggressive regimen to understand how the reconstituting immune system is related to patient outcomes
Space Station Live: Studying the Immune System In Space An experiment on the International Space Station explores why astronauts' immune systems become suppressed in microgravity. NASA Public Affairs Officer Lori .. (1) Continue reading →
Can Alternative Medicine Treat Auto Immune Diseases? Dr Gary Hardy, chiropractor, naturopath and homeopath, has treated many auto-immune diseases. He explains how conditions like MS, Crohn's disease, Arthritis,.. (1) Continue reading →
(This is my blog post about the embryonic stem cell study. For my news article about the study, go here.) Genetically modified human embryonic stem cells can solve one of the toughest problems facing embryonic stem cell therapy, immune rejection of transplanted cells, may have been solved, according to a UC San Diego-led research team. The cells can be made invisible to the immune system by genetically modifying them to make two immune-suppressing chemicals, according to a study performed in mice given a human immune system
New medicine could save global bee population – Lund University, Sweden A new medicine developed at Lund University, Symbeeotic, could save the global bee population by boosting their immune system – with their own, healthy bacte… (1) Continue reading →
ISS Update: Space Flight and the Immune System NASA Public Affairs Officer Kelly Humphries interviews Brian Crucian, NASA immunologist, about the issues with space flight and the immune system. (1) Continue reading →