Tag Archives: Immune

Cancer Exports Molecular ‘Saboteurs’ to Remotely Disarm Immune System

Immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors have revolutionized cancer treatment: many patients with malignancies that until recently would have been considered untreatable are experiencing long-term remissions. But the majority of patients don’t respond to these drugs, and they work far better in some cancers than others, for reasons that have befuddled scientists. Now, UC San… Read More »

You should pick your nose — and eat it, too! And other prescriptions for a better immune system

Should you pick your nose? Don’t laugh. Scientifically, it’s an interesting question. Should your children pick their noses? Should your children eat dirt? Maybe: Your body needs to know what immune challenges lurk in the immediate environment. Should you use anti-bacterial soap or hand sanitizers? No. Are we taking too many antibiotics? Yes. “I tell… Read More »

Precision drugs could unmask cancers to immune system and boost effects of immunotherapy

Precision cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors have a previously unknown ability to boost the immune system, and could help many more patients benefit from immunotherapy, a new study reveals. Scientists found that PARP inhibitors sparked a powerful immune response when used against cancer cells with weaknesses in repairing their DNA. The study changes our understanding… Read More »