Scientists Discover A New Link Between The Brain And The Immune System

Last week, researchers announced they had discovered a physical connection between the immune system and the brain’s blood supply. The finding gives researchers a novel approach to understanding diseases ranging from autism to multiple sclerosis, and strengthens the bridge between neuroscience and immunology. »6/12/15 4:10pm6/12/15 4:10pm

A potential new malaria vaccine puts weakened parasites into the body

Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, killing about 2,000 people every day. Much effort has been put into developing a vaccine, and while there have been some encouraging results, it's proved difficult to control the malaria parasites and their mosquito carriers. Now, a new vaccine actually makes… »8/11/13 8:30pm8/11/13 8:30pm

"Naked Darth Vader" is the most bizarre science press release we've ever seen

As someone who deals with academic press releases on a frequent basis, I have to sympathize with journal and university press offices. They have to put together a press release that's attention grabbing enough to pique the interest of writers, is clear enough to explain the concepts to the untrained, but doesn't lose… »8/24/12 10:30am8/24/12 10:30am

Unknown disease causes woman to grow fingernails instead of hair

In 2009, student Shanyna Isom experienced an allergic reaction to a steroid treatment she received for an asthma attack. Since then, she's been afflicted by a medical disorder that's left physicians at Johns Hopkins University stumped. What was initially mistaken for eczema and a staph infection has left Isom with… »8/10/12 12:35pm8/10/12 12:35pm

Our cells lock up Shigella bacteria in cages to stop it from killing us

Shigella is an incredibly nasty bacteria related to E coli and Salmonella, and it's only found in apes — including us humans. When we get infected, it can cause lethal dysentery, so we've evolved a cunning way of fighting off the bug, a technique which has only just been observed. The human cells attack the invading… »12/04/11 2:00pm12/04/11 2:00pm

How Nobel Laureate Ralph Steinman used his own discoveries to treat his cancer (and drive progress in the field of immunology)

Last week, scientist Ralph Steinman became the first person in history be be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine posthumously; just three days prior to the award announcement, Steinman passed away following an extended bout with pancreatic cancer. »10/11/11 5:45pm10/11/11 5:45pm