Immune system

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News • Preventing EBV reactivation

Liver transplantation: Finding the "sweet spot" of immuno-suppression

Dutch physicians have developed a system to determine the right dose of immunosuppressive drugs for patients to receive a donor liver - to prevent the activation of the Epstein-Barr virus.

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News • Specialized immune cells

γδ T cells carry potential for new cancer immunotherapies

Dutch scientists have discovered how specialized immune cells can detect and remove cancers that are ‘invisible’ to the conventional defense mechanisms of the immune system.

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News • Anosmia

Loss of smell after Covid-19: Researchers find key reason

After an infection with SARS-CoV-2, some people fail to recover their sense of smell. US researchers took a closer look at the olfactory nerve cells to find the reason for Covid-19-induced anosmia.

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News • First on site, but short-lived

New insights into immune defence may explain Covid-19 reinfections

A new study has found that antibodies produced in the nose decline nine months after Covid-19 infection, while antibodies found in the blood last at least a year.

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News • T cell visualization

Whole body scan shows complexity of immunotherapy response

Dutch scientists have performed whole-body PET scans using a radioactively labeled antibody tracer against immune cells, to predict the effect of treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors.

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News • Environmental medicine

Study shows how air pollution eats away at the immune system

The diminished power of the immune system in older adults is usually blamed on the aging process. But a new study shows that decades of particulate air pollution also take a toll.

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