HOW THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IDENTIFIES INVADING BACTERIA

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TREATABLE IMMUNE SYSTEM DISORDER COULD BE MISTAKEN FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA OR BIPOLAR DISORDER

A major finding from researchers at Houston Methodist reveals a significant number of people diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may actually have a treatable immune system disorder. The condition causes NMDA receptors to stop functioning properly and can result in symptoms commonly associated with neuropsychiatric disorders. READ MORE…
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‘DRAIN PIPES’ IN THE BRAIN: LYMPHATIC VESSELS ACT AS PIPELINE BETWEEN BRAIN AND IMMUNE SYSTEM

A new study in eLife provides evidence that our brains may drain waste via our lymphatic vessels. The vessels may act as a ‘pipeline’ between the brain and immune system. Researchers say the findings could alter the way we think about how the brain and immune system inter-relate. READ MORE…
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IMMUNE SYSTEM MAY MOUNT ATTACK IN PARKINSON’S

Researchers report T cells in Parkinson’s disease patients respond to alpha synuclein to a greater degree than those without the disease. The Nature study reports four genetic variations are associated with T cell reactivity to alpha synuclein. More than 50% of Parkinson’s patients carry at least one of the gene variants. READ MORE…

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