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Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Researchers Who Harnessed the Immune System to Fight Cancer Nobel Prize for Medicine Awarded to Researchers Who Harnessed the Immune System to Fight Cancer

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to a pair of immunologists for devising an effective new class of cancer therapy that unshackles the body’s immune system.

Two Cancer Drugs Found to Boost Aging Immune Systems  Two Cancer Drugs Found to Boost Aging Immune Systems 

Drugs that can lengthen life have long been a hallmark of speculative science fiction—many hope for an invention that could extend average lifespans well into the triple digits in the distant future. But the timeline of these drugs could be shorter than we think. A new clinical trial published Wednesday in Science…

Researchers Trying to Map Every Cell in the Human Body Release First Data Set Researchers Trying to Map Every Cell in the Human Body Release First Data Set

Science textbooks will tell you that the human body has just a couple hundred types of cells. But efforts to catalog all the cells in the human body suggest that number is a multiple many, many times larger.

We Were Wrong About Not Feeding Peanuts to Infants We Were Wrong About Not Feeding Peanuts to Infants

For years, parents have been told to withhold peanut products from their children until the age of three. In a total flip-flop, the NIH has issued new guidelines recommending that babies be fed peanuts early in their lives to prevent the onset of dangerous allergies.

Why Amish Children Rarely Get Asthma Why Amish Children Rarely Get Asthma

For years, scientists have known that growing up on a farm protects children from asthma, but the reasons for this weren’t entirely clear. A fascinating comparative analysis of Amish and Hutterite farming communities has finally uncovered the specific aspects of farm life that are responsible for this built-in immune…

Your Immune System May Be Connected With Your Social Behaviors Your Immune System May Be Connected With Your Social Behaviors

Scientists have long theorized that the immune system has a more neurological connection than previously thought, and research has risen up to validate them. Recent studies, for example, have found that there is a physical connection between the immune system and the brain’s blood supply, and now there seems to be a…

Kids Who Bite Their Nails and Suck Their Thumbs Develop Fewer Allergies Kids Who Bite Their Nails and Suck Their Thumbs Develop Fewer Allergies

Parents, you can stop fretting about your child’s disgusting habits. An analysis of more than 1,000 kids between the ages of 5 and 11 reveals that nail-biters and thumb-suckers are less likely to develop allergic sensitivities later on in life.

Watch white blood cells swarm and attack a parasite

The human body is such a magnificent thing. Just check out this video that shows how our immune system works. When a parasite finds its way inside a place where it clearly shouldn't be, white blood cells immediately start rushing to the rescue. It only takes a few seconds for the parasite to get swallowed.

A Rare Genetic Mutation in These Siblings Makes Them Immune to Viruses A Rare Genetic Mutation in These Siblings Makes Them Immune to Viruses

Viruses are incompetent but smart little things. Unable to make proteins on their own, they hijack ours for their own nefarious purposes. But what if we gave the viruses broken proteins? An incredibly rare genetic disorder in a brother and sister pair does exactly that, making them immune to many classes of viruses…

Why is ebola deadlier than other viruses? Why is ebola deadlier than other viruses?

Ebola is the nightmare virus. It kills ninety percent of people infected, and was for some time feared as the second coming of the plagues of the 1400s. Why is this one virus so much more deadly than other viruses?

Is your immune system affecting how you think? Is your immune system affecting how you think?

Over at Discover, Carl Zimmer tackles a question that many of us are wondering about during flu season. Why do our brains get sluggish when we're sick? It turns out that a neuroscientist named Jonathan Kipnis is working on an answer. He studies how T cells, major players in our immune system, collect in the lining…

New wonder-drug could give us all super-memory New wonder-drug could give us all super-memory

It sounds like science fiction, but neuroscientists have identified a molecule in mice that, when suppressed, significantly boosts memory. It's meant as a radical treatment for Alzheimer's patients, but there's no reason the rest of us couldn't take it, too.

There Is Hope for Your Craggy Face and Limp Muscles There Is Hope for Your Craggy Face and Limp Muscles

Some lucky old mice at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota have been given the gift of youth. Researchers reversed their age-related wrinkles, muscle wasting and cataracts, and it could lead to a fountain of youth for humans, too.

All the winners of this year's Nobel Prizes in science! All the winners of this year's Nobel Prizes in science!

The 2011 Nobel Prizes have been announced, honoring preeminent achievements in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, the promotion of peace, and economics. Here's what you need to know about the three science-related Nobel Prizes.

Scientists figure out how to switch off peanut allergy Scientists figure out how to switch off peanut allergy

The peanut allergy is one of the eight most common types of food allergies, and the common use of peanuts in a wide range of foods makes it particularly dangerous. But now scientists have a solution: trick your immune system.

How fruit flies control their own immune systems with a song How fruit flies control their own immune systems with a song

Humans aren't the only animals that have to guard against potential infection during sex. Fruit flies are at greatly increased risk of infection during their mating season, which is why the male's mating call actually boosts the female's immune system.

How a handful of tiny RNA gives women better immune systems How a handful of tiny RNA gives women better immune systems

There's a longstanding belief that, on average, women are healthier than men, and with good reason. Women live longer, and studies reveal women fight off disease better than their male counterparts. But where does this advantage come from? Turns out it's all thanks to some microRNA on the X-chromosome.

Infection-resistant monkeys could be crucial in the fight against HIV Infection-resistant monkeys could be crucial in the fight against HIV

Sooty mangabeys are a monkey species found on the western coast of central Africa. Their unique immunity to SIV, a relative of HIV, has intrigued medical researchers for decades. Now we know just how their immunity works.

Sex with Neanderthals gave humans the strength we needed to conquer the planet Sex with Neanderthals gave humans the strength we needed to conquer the planet

It's only relatively recently that the scientific community has begun to accept that early humans interbred with our Neanderthal cousins. Now it looks as if it was not only possible, it was essential for providing us with immunity from strange diseases.

Swine flu and bird flu may team up to create a supervirus Swine flu and bird flu may team up to create a supervirus

In 2009, swine flu created a minor pandemic, only killing about 15,000 people but infecting millions more. The avian flu H9N2 is ravaging bird populations throughout Asia. They're bad enough on their own...but what if they joined forces?

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