Immunology

Follow the drum

Stephen Mortlock delves into military medicine in the ancient and medieval world.

Has the pandemic changed our personalities?

The COVID-19 pandemic may have altered the trajectory of personality across the US – especially in younger adults – according to a new study.

The big question: What are your thoughts on the Health and Care Professions Council fee rise?

This month we ask “What are your thoughts  on the Health and Care Professions Council fee rise?”

"My final lifeline"

Professor Kevin Harrington discusses his recent research into how the herpes simplex virus can be used to destroy cancer cells.

“Hybrid immunity is robust and long-lasting”

One in three infected but unvaccinated people no longer have detectable COVID antibodies one year after the infection, according to a prospective seroprevalence study.

Antibiotic resistance genes identified in TB

An analysis of more than 10,000 Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterial isolates from 23 countries has revealed new genes associated with resistance to 13 first- and second-line new and repurposed antibiotics.

Infectious periods in vaccinated individuals

To examine the infectious periods in vaccinated individuals infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron and Delta variants, US researchers collected daily anterior nasal swabs for at least 10 days from a group of college students and staff for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test and culture and with antigen rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) on a subset of individuals.

An autoimmune cause of schizophrenia?

Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) have identified an autoantibody – a protein that is produced by the immune system to attach to a specific substance from the individual’s own body, rather than to a foreign substance, such as a virus or bacteria – in some patients with schizophrenia.

Genetic test can diagnose immune system disorders

Investigators have used next-generation sequencing to test a DNA panel of 130 different immune system genes from 22 study participants.

Memory B cells protecting against mutant viruses

Specialised memory cells found in our immune system play an important role in our ability to fight virus mutations, such as those produced by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to research.

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