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Le Pen stripped of French immunity over gruesome IS pictures

Paris - France's National Assembly on Wednesday lifted the immunity from prosecution of far-right leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State group atrocities.

Baby’s sex affects a woman’s immunity while pregnant

There has been anecdotal evidence for several years: that whether a woman is carrying a boy or a girl her health differs. Now medical evidence indicates that the sex of the baby affects the immunity of the expectant woman.

Essential Science: Knockout blow to malaria by immune cells trap

One way to stop malaria parasites from spreading around the body is to kill them in the liver. Researchers have found a way to trap malaria killing immune cells in the liver, so they can target the parasite effectively.

Put away the candy if you’re over 50

Ever wondered why kids can eat lots and lots of sweets without any ill effects? Noting at the same time that older people have problems coping with the sugar rush? Buck Institute researchers have an answer.

Harnessing yeast to fight fungal pathogens

Yeast cells interacting in social communities are being studied to see if they can be harnessed to develop therapeutic strategies against pathogenic fungi.

Parasitic intestinal worms boost the immune system

While parasitic intestinal works cause a range of diseases and are responsible for widespread infection worldwide, a new study has found that some worms, through protecting themselves in the human body, indirectly aid the immune system.

Bats mount partial response against white nose syndrome

White-nose syndrome is a devastating infection of bats in North America, striking bats while they are hibernating in caves. As a sign of better news, some bats appear to be developing an immune response.

Find out how breastfeeding boosts the immune system

Scientists have demonstrated that breastfeeding, along with other factors, beneficially influences a baby's immune system development. It also reduces susceptibility to allergies and asthma.

Gut immune system linked to body weight

A team of scientists have identified a mechanism that affects the development of obesity and diabetes type 2 in relation to a diet rich in fats. The discovery shows the role of the intestinal immune system in controlling metabolism.

The final steps to be taken to eliminate worldwide polio

Bethesda - Polio has almost been eliminated from the world and just two countries remain endemic: Afghanistan and Nigeria, with cases also high in parts of Pakistan. A new report considers how the final steps can be taken to eliminate the disease.

ICU’s effects on gut microbes

Lengthy spells in intensive care units can alter the gut microflora, according to a new study. When a patient spends a long time in ICU the gut seems to undergo near-complete ecologic collapse. This has major health consequences.

Immune system of babies appears 'strong'

Most studies suggest that the immune system of new-born babies is weak. However, new research indicates that the baby’s immune cells may have the ability to trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria.

Breast or bottle, which is best for babies?

Is breast milk or bottle milk best for babies? Or is there no difference? This is a reoccurring debate. A new study, using infant rhesus monkeys, argues that breast milk is best for a child’s developing immune system.

Antibiotics administered early in life can affect immunity

Different antibiotics, taken early in life, can adversely affect the bacteria that play a positive role in promoting a healthy immune system, according to a new study.

New clues as to how Ebola fights the human body

The human body normally fights viral infections by releasing signalling proteins to trigger the immune response. Researchers have found a mechanism unique to the Ebola virus that blocks these proteins, allowing viral reproduction in infected cells.

Gene editing uses HIV virus to fight disease

A new technology has been developed that uses the HIV virus as a weapon against hereditary infection. In the longer term it will also fight HIV infection say the researchers.

Spain readies legal shield for King Juan Carlos

Madrid - Spain's government is crafting a new legal shield for King Juan Carlos after he steps off the throne and loses the absolute royal immunity that has protected him for 39 years.

Tobacco smoking impairs immune system in HIV-infected people

Smoking and being HIV infected further compromises the immune system presenting the worst immune profile, say researchers in the first study of its kind.

Food, bacteria and immunity

Research is starting to show that the food we eat has a huge bearing on the composition of the microbes in the gut, and that these microbes can affect health and immunity.

How to make plants healthy? Give them a rub

Gently rubbing plants with your fingers can make them less susceptible to diseases like parasitic fungi, according to a new research finding.

Blind mole rats are resistant to many cancers

A new study of blind mole rats demonstrates that the animals are incredibly cancer-resistant. Research indicates that adaptations that help the rodents survive in low-oxygen environments play a key role in their longevity and cancer resistance.

Gut bacteria can ‘switch off’ the immune system

Sheffield - Bacteria which cause stomach infections can, in some cases, switch off parts of the immune system leading to a greater risk of duodenal ulcers or stomach cancer.

Beneficial bacteria ‘arrive’ from breast milk

Researchers have discovered that important, beneficial bacteria arrive in babies' digestive systems from their mother's gut via breast milk. This has implications for health and immunity.

Step taken towards sleeping sickness cure

Scientists in Belgium have taken a step towards creating a protein-based cure for the most common form of global sleeping sickness.

Melanoma 'shuts down' body's premier immune defence

London - A new study by UK researchers shows a deadly form of skin cancer is capable of basically shutting down the body's strongest immune response.

Stressful relationships could affect the immune system

A psychology research project suggests that those involved in a stressful relationship, or who have high levels of anxiety about a relationship, may have weaker immune systems.

Letter to Italian President alleges Pope seeks 'legal immunity'

Rome - A letter by the Secretary of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State alleges Pope Benedict XVI is asking the Italian government to grant him protection and immunity from legal prosecution.

Video: 'Not even in the Cold War's darkest days'

Washington - The video features an interview with former CIA officer, Ray McGovern. The U.K. government's recent actions with regard to Julian Assange and the sovereignty of the Ecuadorian embassy are discussed.

Poor sleeping habits hinder vaccinations

Pittsburgh - A new study shows that poor sleeping habits prevent vaccines from working properly, or even at all, by slowing down the immune system's ability to react to the vaccine.

Malaria vaccine breakthrough by Aussie scientists

Melbourne - Scientists in Australia say they’ve made a breakthrough in the fight against malaria and are one step closer to developing a vaccine.
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A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of a single human lymphocyte (an immune cell).
A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of a single human lymphocyte (an immune cell).
Dr. Triche, National Cancer Institute
A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of a single human lymphocyte.
A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of a single human lymphocyte.
Dr. Triche National Cancer Institute

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