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Promising New Cancer Drugs Empower the Body’s Own Defense System

Promising New Cancer Drugs Empower the Body’s Own Defense System | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The early success of a new class of cancer drugs, revealed in test results released here over the last several days, has raised hope among the world’s top cancer specialists that they may be on the verge of an important milestone in the fight against the disease.

 

 

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Even a small sleep deficit can activate the immune system and affect health

Even a small sleep deficit can activate the immune system and affect health | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Even a small sleep deficit — as little as an hour a night — can lead to some seriously unpleasant conditions, including floppy eyelids, sexual dysfunction and loss of hair, hearing and even vision.

 

“Because when we don’t get enough sleep, our immune systems go into overdrive, which causes systemic inflammation and turns on dangerous genetic switches.”

 

 

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Drug-delivery nanoparticles mimic white blood cells to avoid immune rejection | KurzweilAI

Drug-delivery nanoparticles mimic white blood cells to avoid immune rejection | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Scientists at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute have found a possible way to fool the immune system to prevent it from recognizing and destroying nanoparticles before they deliver their drug payloads.

 

“Our goal was to make a particle that is camouflaged within our bodies and escapes the surveillance of the immune system to reach its target undiscovered,” said Department of Medicine Co-Chair Ennio Tasciotti, Ph.D., the study’s principal investigator.

 

 

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Synthetic protein kick-starts the immune system to prevent all strains of the flu

Synthetic protein kick-starts the immune system to prevent all strains of the flu | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Although the flu virus actively keeps the immune system from detecting it for a few days, giving it time to gain a foothold, the researchers have found that a powerful synthetic protein, known as EP67, can kick start the immune system so that it reacts almost immediately to all strains of the virus.

 

Previously, EP67 had primarily been used to help activate the immune response by being added to a vaccine. But Joy Phillips, Ph.D from San Diego State University and her colleague Sam Sanderson Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, saw potential for the protein to work on its own.

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Curcumin may help fight certain tumors | Abstract

Curcumin may help fight certain tumors | Abstract | Longevity science | Scoop.it

"Curcumin is a principal compound of turmeric, commonly used to treat tumors and other diseases. However, its anti-cancer activity in human acute monocytic leukemia THP-1 cells is not clear."

 

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Mucus found to harbor a previously unknown human immune system

Mucus found to harbor a previously unknown human immune system | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Though not something people like to ponder, the purpose of mucus as a protective barrier that keeps underlying tissues moist and traps bacteria and other foreign organisms is well known. However, researchers at San Diego State University (SDSU) have now discovered that the surface of mucus is also the site of an independent human immune system that actively protects us from infectious agents in the environment.

 

 

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Zinc 'keeps immune system in check'

Zinc 'keeps immune system in check' | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers say they have gained a key insight into how zinc helps the immune system fight infection.

 

A study shows that zinc stops the immune system from spiralling out of control, as happens when people develop sepsis.

 

The researchers say the findings could also explain why taking zinc supplements at the start of a cold can stem its severity.

 

 

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Stem Cells Used To Bolster Body’s Cancer Fighting Cells

Stem Cells Used To Bolster Body’s Cancer Fighting Cells | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers at the RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology in Yokohama, Japan have devised a way to increase the number of cancer-fighting T cells and make up for their short life spans with the hope that the superior numbers of immune cells will enable them to overwhelm and conquer.

 

 

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Being heavy may help men with one type of cancer: study

Being heavy may help men with one type of cancer: study | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Reuters) - Extra weight may not be good for your health in general, but heavy men appear more likely to survive a particular form of immune system cancer, according to a U.S. study

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Green Tea: benefits and uses

Green Tea: benefits and uses | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Ray & Terry recommend green tea as a healthy beverage containing calming l-theanine and many useful plant nutrients. 

 

Green tea has been examined for numerous potential health benefits, including glucose management, cognitive support, immune health, weight management, and cellular function.

 

This resource compilation by the University of Maryland explains the potential benefits and uses of green tea, complete with extensive references.

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