New technologies and recent advances in the study of T cells and T cell epitope discovery in food allergy research

Although food allergies have been widespread for many years, their incidence has recently increased. In a recent study, scientists reviewed the latest technological advancements and the discovery of T cell epitope associated with food allergy. This review is available in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Study: Discovery of T cell epitope and single … Read more

Proteomic analysis identifies novel phenotypes associated with COVID-19 severity in circulating immune cells

In a recent study posted on the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers used proteomic analysis to identify novel immune cell phenotypes associated with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In addition, they collected cumulative dysregulation of immune cells in progressive disease. Study: Proteomic analysis of circulating immune cells identifies novel cellular phenotypes associated with COVID-19 severity. Image … Read more

Approved and development of passive and active immunizations against respiratory syncytial virus in childhood and pregnancy

In a recent study published in Journal of Pediatricsresearchers investigated active and passive childhood vaccination against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Study: Current strategies and perspectives for active and passive immunization against respiratory syncytial virus in childhood. Image credit: ART-ur/Shutterstock Background Despite the global importance of RSV infections in children, only one monoclonal antibody, Palivizumab, has … Read more

How gut microbes influence the immune response to SARS-CoV-2

An article published in Critical Assessments in Food Science and Nutrition journal reviews the role of the gut microbiota in shaping the host immune response to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Study: Gut microbiome and antiviral immunity in COVID-19. Image credit: Design_Cells / Shutterstock Background SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of the 2019 coronavirus … Read more

Research reveals new treatment options for high-grade gliomas in children with a genetic mutation

Researchers at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center have identified a new treatment approach for an aggressive form of childhood brain cancer, using therapies already approved to treat cancer. “Our findings have immediate translation potential, which is very exciting,” said senior study author Maria Castro, Ph.D., RC Schneider Collegiate Professor of Neurosurgery and professor … Read more

What is the role of adenoviruses in human health?

With advances in molecular biology informing recent advances in vaccinology, gene therapy, and other fields of medicine, human adenoviruses (HAdVs) have been of primary importance in medical research. A recent review in Trends in Molecular Medicine looks at the promises of HAdVs, their potential dangers and future challenges. Study: Adenoviruses in medicine: harmless pathogen, predator … Read more

Cancer drugs work better after vaccination with China’s Covid vaccine

Patients with nasopharyngeal cancer are often treated with medications that activate their immune system against the tumor. Until now, it was feared that vaccination against Covid-19 would reduce the success of cancer treatments or cause serious side effects. A recent study by the universities of Bonn and Shanxi in the People’s Republic of China now … Read more

Children exposed to air pollution at a young age are more likely to develop food allergies

The modern world is highly industrialized and urbanized. An accompaniment to this lifestyle change is the rise of food allergies. A new research paper examines associations between food allergies and pre- or postnatal exposure to airborne pollutants, paving the way for future studies on the potential sensitization of the gut from skin or respiratory exposure … Read more

Renan Pacheco storms out of ‘disastrous’ first date after learning about woman’s nutritional needs

A French man living in Los Angeles has revealed that he left his first date with an American woman after telling him she doesn’t eat gluten and doesn’t drink wine. As reported by The sunactor Renan Pacheco took to TikTok to reveal more about his “absolute disaster” of a date, admitting he was so shocked … Read more

Following the road to immunity, cell by cell

Vaccines work their magic by effectively creating immune cells that last for a long time, often decades. These immune cells create both a protective barrier that can prevent or minimize reinfection and a memory that allows us to recognize and kill an old invader such as a virus before it causes disease. The antibody in … Read more