Researchers use genetics to probe immune system’s role in fighting ...
Findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute show that immune cells do not respond the same way to all tumor types. The study, led by UNC Lineberger researcher Benjamin Vincent, MD, could lay the foundation for the discovery of biomarkers to determine which patients might respond to certain immune-stimulating cancer treatments.
E-cigarette use can alter hundreds of genes involved in airway immu...
The long-term health effects of e-cigarettes remain unknown, but toxicologists at UNC are now uncovering how use of e-cigarettes affect genes involved in upper airway immune defense.
Carol Fowler Durham, a nurse educator at the UNC School of Nursing, nearly died from septic shock. Today she shares her experiences with audiences around the country and serves as an important weapon for UNC Medical Center’s sepsis reduction initiative, Code Sepsis.
Bubonic Bottleneck: UNC scientists overturn dogma on the plague
The current outbreak of the plague in Madagascar shines a light on the need for new approaches to treat the ancient pathogen. A new UNC study unexpectedly unravels a long-held theory on how a fleabite leads to infection.
Inhibiting macrophage MerTK signaling creates an innate immune resp...
New evidence by a UNC-led team shows that MerTK macrophage action in the microenvironment that surrounds cancer cells blunts the immune response, allowing the tumor cell to grow and metastasize.
Immune cell suicide alarm helps destroy escaping bacteria
A University of North Carolina School of Medicine study may have implications for thwarting the effects of bioterrorism attack with lethal microbes, as well as finding a way to save people in septic shock, an overwhelming bacterial infection of the blood.