Tag Archives: Immune

Cancer treatment can suppress immune function in people with HIV

People living with HIV who receive chemotherapy or radiotherapy to treat cancer may experience declines in CD4 cell counts, which increases the risk of death, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology. These results suggest that the immunosuppressive effects of cancer therapy should be considered in the development of cancer treatment recommendations specific to… Read More »

Drug that restricts overactive immune systems could help treat lupus

By Ruby Prosser Scully Interferon (pictured in bottles) is involved in regulating the body’s immune systemiStock/Getty Images A drug that stops the body’s overactive immune system could be key to treating lupus. This would be only the second new drug for the autoimmune condition in 60 years. Around 5 million people around the world are… Read More »

Salmonella can hijack immune cells to spread around the body

Salmonella can cause food poisoning if ingestedScience Photo Library/Getty Images By Yvaine Ye Salmonella can hijack immune cells and use them to spread around the body. Experiments in mouse cells suggest the bacteria do this by disrupting electrical signals in the gut. Our intestines have small electric fields, caused by charged ions, such as potassium… Read More »