UNC Health Talk

Category: Immunology

Older woman after receiving a vaccine

June 24, 2021

Even After Vaccine, Immunocompromised Need to Stay Cautious

People with conditions that weaken their immune systems should get vaccinated, but it might not be as effective.

Coronavirus, Immunology, Vaccines

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close-up of a allergy skin test

February 26, 2018

What You Need to Know About Allergy Testing

A relatively easy test can give you the information you need to feel better, whether you’re allergic to peanuts, ragweed, cats, or something else entirely.

Allergies, Immunology, Rheumatology

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March 1, 2017

UNC Lineberger launches innovative cellular immunotherapy program

The early-stage cellular immunotherapy trials are for patients with either Hodgkin lymphoma or non-Hodgkin lymphoma, who lack other treatment options or are at high risk of their disease returning.

Immunology, Innovation

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Benjamin Vincent

August 24, 2016

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.

Cancer, Genetics, Immunology, Research

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E-cigarettes

June 20, 2016

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.

Genetics, Immunology, Substance Abuse, Tobacco

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November 19, 2015

Sepsis Survivor

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.

Immunology, UNC Stories

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A single bacterium of Yersinia pestis (red) -- the pathogen that causes the plague -- made its way from the site of a fleabite to the lymph node of a mouse without the help of a host cell. (Courtesy of the Miller lab.)

February 11, 2015

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.

Epidemiology, Immunology, Research

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Yisong Wan

December 5, 2013

Understanding Our Immunity

Five questions for Yisong Wan, a new Jefferson-Pilot fellow who is uncovering the roles of T cells in disease cures and causes.

Immunity, Immunology

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Shelley Earp

July 8, 2013

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.

Cancer, Cell Biology, Immunology, Research, Treatment

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