Researchers discover how to boost vaccine designed to prevent melanoma recurrence

A vaccine created to prevent the recurrence of the deadly skin cancer melanoma is about twice as effective when patients also receive two components that boost the number and effectiveness of immune system cells called dendritic cells, according to phase 2 clinical trial results published in Nature Cancer in November. These results are important because […]

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Study identifies patients with lung cancer most likely to respond to immunotherapy

Scientists are beginning to unravel one of the biggest challenges with immunotherapy: why some people with cancer respond to the treatment, while others may not respond at all. In a new study, researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found patients with a particular type of human leukocyte antigen (HLA), a protein scaffold involved […]

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Repetitive elements trigger RIG-I-like receptors to enhance hematopoietic stem cell formation

Hematopoietic stem cells can replenish all the different cell types of our blood system. For this reason, hematopoietic stem cells are the cells used in many blood diseases when patients need transplantations. Thus, our ability to generate, amplify and maintain these cells is important for human health. The lab of Eirini Trompouki at the Max […]

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Researchers say culture and the arts should have a stronger role in healthcare

Studies show that culture and the arts can have positive effects on health. “Incorporating the arts in healthcare services is an investment in a person’s comprehensive wellbeing. It’s especially important in long-term care,” says researcher Kai Lehikoinen, who is the director of the Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA) at […]

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