Cytokine plays critical role in driving immune cells to promote or suppress inflammatory bowel disease
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  April 19, 2017  
  Gastroenterology‎  
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 Cytokine plays critical role in driving immune cells to promote or suppress inflammatory bowel diseaseCytokine plays critical role in driving immune cells to promote or suppress inflammatory bowel disease
 
A certain cytokine, or small protein that helps cells communicate during immune responses, can control whether immune cells promote or suppress inflammatory bowel disease, a finding that could lead to new treatments, according to a study led by Georgia State University.
 
 
 Researchers reveal immune machinery that goes awry to trigger neutrophilic dermatosisResearchers reveal immune machinery that goes awry to trigger neutrophilic dermatosis
 
A research team led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital immunologists has revealed a previously unknown immune machinery that goes awry to trigger the inflammatory disease neutrophilic dermatosis.
 
   Opportunities and risks of direct-to-consumer genetic health risk testsOpportunities and risks of direct-to-consumer genetic health risk tests
 
Accurate genetic testing stands to transform modern medicine by offering effective, personalized treatment.
 
   Common drugs, uncommon risks? Higher rate of serious problems after short-term steroid useCommon drugs, uncommon risks? Higher rate of serious problems after short-term steroid use
 
Millions of times a year, Americans get prescriptions for a week's worth of steroid pills, hoping to ease a backache or quell a nagging cough or allergy symptoms. But a new study suggests that they and their doctors might want to pay a bit more attention to the potential side effects of this medication.
 
   Injection drug use linked to increase in immune activation, says researcherInjection drug use linked to increase in immune activation, says researcher
 
The use of heroin and other illicit drugs has been shown to trigger a response from the body's immune system.
 
 Probiotics and IBS
 
Probiotics and IBSIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal condition that is prevalent in anywhere between 8 and 22 percent of the population. Associated symptoms include abdominal pain, flatulence, changes in bowel habits and bloating, in the absence of organic intestinal disease.
 
 
 What is Choroideremia?
 
What is Choroideremia?Choroideremia (CHM) is a rare genetic eye disease that affects the retina, which is the area at the back of the eye that processes all we see into signals that are sent to the brain via the optic nerve.
 
 
 Researchers find new way to prevent graft-versus-host disease after stem cell transplants
 
Researchers find new way to prevent graft-versus-host disease after stem cell transplantsThrough experimental work, an international team of researchers led by City of Hope's Defu Zeng, professor of diabetes immunology and hematopoietic cell transplantation, believe they may have found a way to prevent graft-versus-host disease after stem cell transplants while retaining the transplants' positive effects on fighting leukemia and lymphoma.