Scientists have zeroed in on a culprit that spurs damaging inflammation in the heart following a heart attack. The guilty party is a type of immune cell that tries to heal the injured heart but instead triggers inflammation that leads to even more damage. Further, the researchers have found that an already approved drug effectively
Immune cells patrol the gut to ensure that harmful microbes hidden in the food we eat don’t sneak into the body. Cells that are capable of triggering inflammation are balanced by cells that promote tolerance, protecting the body without damaging sensitive tissues. When the balance tilts too far toward inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease can result.
White coat, dark room. Jean Camden, a senior technician in the Weisman lab, reviews salivary gland and brain tissue samples for research on inflammation. | Photo by Paige Blankenbuehler, Bond LSCBy Paige Blankenbuehler | MU Bond Life Sciences Center There’s a criminal on the loose, striking every day. Millions fall victim, but there’s still no way
Pauline Anderson May 08, 2015 Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may increase biomarkers of the aging process and of medical conditions, such heart disease, associated with advanced age and lead to premature death, a new literature review reveals. These findings reinforce the idea that PTSD is not just a mental illness, said senior study author Dilip Jeste, MD, distinguished
17 Mar 2015 by Morwenna Grills, Media Relations Officer, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester Scientists at The University of Manchester have made an important new discovery about the brain’s immune system that could lead to potential new treatments for stroke and other related conditions. Model of a brain Inflammation is activated in the brain after a
Bioscience Technology, by Mark Wheeler ~ October 10, 2014 A new study shows how, in pregnant mice, inflammation, a first line defense of the immune system, can trigger an excessive division of neural stem cells that can cause “overgrowth” in the offspring’s brain, and, ultimately, autistic behavior. People with autism spectrum disorder often experience a
ScienceDaily, by Staff ~ February 17, 2014 New research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgia Regents University finds that a protein that fuels an inflammatory pathway does not turn off in breast cancer, resulting in an increase in cancer stem cells. This provides a potential target for treating triple negative breast