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Increase in Blood-Brain Barrier Protein May Protect Against MS, Study Finds

One way the body may protect itself from nerve cell inflammation is to have cells in the blood-brain barrier increase their production of a protein that keeps immune cells from entering the brain, researchers in Germany and Canada report. The finding suggests that scientists could develop a multiple sclerosis therapy around the protein, known as

Body’s immune system may play larger role in Alzheimer’s disease than thought

UCI mouse study finds dramatic increase in brain plaques when key cells are lacking ON FEBRUARY 23, 2016 Irvine, Calif., Feb. 23, 2016 — Immune cells that normally help us fight off bacterial and viral infections may play a far greater role in Alzheimer’s disease than originally thought, according to University of California, Irvine neurobiologists

Heart’s own immune cells can help it heal

Washington University in St. Louis, by Julia Evangelou Straight ~ October 29, 2014 The heart holds its own pool of immune cells capable of helping it heal after injury, according to new research in mice at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Most of the time when the heart is injured, these beneficial

Some immune cells defend only one organ

Washington University in St. Louis, by Michael C. Purdy ~ April 16, 2014 Scientists have uncovered a new way the immune system may fight cancers and viral infections. The finding could aid efforts to use immune cells to treat illness. The research, in mice, suggests that some organs have the immunological equivalent of “neighborhood police”

Cholesterol buildup links atherosclerosis and macular degeneration

April 2, 2013 - By Jim Dryden A new study raises the intriguing possibility that drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol may be effective against macular degeneration, a blinding eye disease. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 50, shares a