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Immunology in the news

Immunology in the news

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.

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.

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

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has published new guidelines on the early introduction of peanut-containing foods for the prevention of peanut allergy in the United States, in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

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 today.

Swine flu virus. Credit: NIAID

A paper published today in PLOS Computational Biology has reported on the benefits that could be gained through developing a universal vaccine against the influenza virus. Using mathematical modelling, the authors discuss the potential population-level benefits that a universal vaccine would offer over conventional seasonal vaccines.  In response to this report, the BSI has issued the following statement.

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

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