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New clues found to common respiratory virus

Discovery provides potential target for vaccines, treatments by Tamara Bhandari By age 2, most children have been infected with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which usually causes only mild cold symptoms. But people with weakened immune systems, such as infants and the elderly, can face serious complications, including pneumonia and – in some cases – death.

Blood vessel cells help tumours evade the immune system

MON, AUG 24, 2015 02:15 EST A study by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet is the first to suggest that cells in the tumour blood vessels contribute to a local environment that protects the cancer cells from tumour-killing immune cells. The results, which are being published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute ,

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SLU Researchers Suggest Approach to Fight Common Virus in Immunosuppressed Patients

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 -- ST. LOUIS -- Using an animal model they developed, Saint Louis University and Utah State university researchers have identified a strategy that could keep a common group of viruses called adenoviruses from replicating and causing sickness in humans. “The adenovirus can cause colds and infections in the eyes and respiratory