Stem cells use 'first aid kits' to repair damage

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 18-Sep-2014 Contact: Louise Walsh louise.walsh@admin.cam.ac.uk 44-012-237-65443 University of Cambridge @Cambridge_Uni Stem cells hold great promise as a means of repairing cells in conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke or injuries of the spinal cord because they have the ability to develop into almost any cell type. Now, new research shows that stem cell therapy can also work through a mechanism other than cell replacement.



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Cancer and the immune system: A double-edged sword

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 15-Sep-2014 Contact: Scott LaFee slafee@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego @UCSanDiego During cancer development, tumor cells decorate their surfaces with sugar compounds called glycans that are different from those found on normal, healthy cells.



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Belgian receives research grant from Jeffrey Modell to help cure IPEX syndrome

For the first time the Jeffrey Modell Foundation is giving a research grant to a Belgian laboratory. The team of Adrian Liston from VIB-KU Leuven will use the grant to develop a gene therapy to cure children that suffer from IPEX syndrome, a rare and fatal autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues and organs.



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Scientists aim to develop rapid test system for immune dysfunction to treat cystic fibrosis

Published on September 4, 2014 at 6:03 AM Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a frequent genetic disease affecting the lung and the gastrointestinal tract. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen now have shown that many of the adult patients with CF in addition lack a cell surface molecule, which is important for immune defence.



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Spirituality and health topic of Healthy Minds seminar

Explore the unique relationship between spirituality and physical health at the next Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies seminar at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, May 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m



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International Space Station Tests Effects of Space on Human Immune Cells

Scientists from the University of Zurich are currently studying immune cells on the International Space Station (ISS) to find out how deep space missions affect the human immune system.



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Replacing insulin through stem cell-derived pancreatic cells under the skin

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 24-Mar-2014 Contact: Susan Gammon Ph.D. sgammon@sanfordburnham.org 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.



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Stem cell combination therapy improves traumatic brain injury outcomes

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.



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USF study finds stem cell combination therapy improves traumatic brain injury outcomes

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 20-Mar-2014 Contact: Anne DeLotto Baier abaier@health.usf.edu 813-974-3303 University of South Florida (USF Innovation) Tampa, FL (Mar.



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What you need to know about PSORIASIS

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



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2014: BBC World News – Gene Therapy Breakthrough for Patients on HIV Medication – 6/3/14 – Video




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

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VIDEO: Gene therapy breakthrough on HIV

For the first time gene therapy has been used to boost the immune system of people with HIV.



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Gene-Editing Technique Shown to Work as HIV Treatment

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



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Grow your own medicine

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.



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How Gene Therapy Targets Liver Cells [Video]

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



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ISS Update Space Flight and the Immune System.webm – Video




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…

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Study shows how immune system reconstitutes itself following immune-depleting therapy

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



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Space Station Live: Studying the Immune System In Space – Video




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 ..

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