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Immunology in the news

Immunology in the news

The World Health Organization (WHO) have warned that a measles outbreak is spreading across Europe, wherever immunisation levels have dropped below the recommended 95%.

Here's our selection of the top immunology stories in the news this week.

A new video from the Infectious Diseases Hub features BSI President, Professor Peter Opensahw, discussing his research on how our immune systems fight respiratory viruses.

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Here's our selection of the top immunology stories in the news this week.

The BSI is pleased to support a campaign launched today (15 March) by the British Lung Foundation to address the growing and unsustainable health and economic burden that respiratory disease places on NHS and society.

Here's our selection of the top immunology stories in the news this week.

Here's our selection of the top immunology stories in the news this week.

Here's our selection of the top immunology stories in the news this week.

Swine flu virus. Credit: NIAID

A paper published today in Nature Communications reports on a new approach to targeting a wide variety of viruses. In response, the BSI has issued the following statement:

Here's our selection of the top immunology stories in the news this week.

Thursday 23 February

Researchers have discovered a molecular mechanism that could explain why allergies are less common in developing countries. Writing in the journal, Immunology, they report that this finding could be the first step to developing new immunotherapies to prevent allergies. 

A paper published today in the British Medical Journal reports on a systematic review and meta-analysis on studies assessing whether vitamin D supplementation is effective in preventing acute respiratory infections.  The study concluded that vitamin D supplementation was safe and provided protection against acute respiratory tract infection, with patients who were very vitamin D deficient experiencing the most benefit. In response to this paper, the British Society for Immunology has issued the following statement: 

The BBC’s flagship health programme ‘Trust Me, I’m A Doctor’ this week contained a fascinating insight into the workings of our immune system.  The programme features commonly asked health questions from members of the public, and this week top of the pile was “Can I boost my immune system?”. 

Here's our selection of the top immunology stories in the news this week.

Here's our selection of the top immunology stories in the news this week.

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