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Is the Immune System to Blame for Schizophrenia?
Several lines of evidence suggest that targeting the body’s defense pathways might help treat a subset of people with the psychiatric disorder. But many open questions remain.
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Is the Immune System to Blame for Schizophrenia?
Is the Immune System to Blame for Schizophrenia?

Several lines of evidence suggest that targeting the body’s defense pathways might help treat a subset of people with the psychiatric disorder. But many open questions remain.

Several lines of evidence suggest that targeting the body’s defense pathways might help treat a subset of people with the psychiatric disorder. But many open questions remain.

ABOVE: Modified from © istock.com, Viki, yodiyim

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Infographic: How the Body’s Defenses Attack the Brain
Diana Kwon | Apr 18, 2022
Scientists have pinpointed several pathways through which the immune system could disrupt neuronal functioning and thereby lead to psychotic symptoms.
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Studies Identify Risk Factors for Long COVID
Natalia Mesa | Jan 26, 2022
Two recent papers provide insight into possible risk factors for developing the chronic condition, including autoantibodies and diabetes.
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A Double-Edged Sword: When the Immune System Turns Against Us
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Oct 29, 2021
Klaus Ley and Neeloffer Mookherjee will explore the relationships between inflammation, autoimmunity, and pathology.
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Return of the Worms
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2021
Immunologists and parasitologists are working to revive the idea that helminths, and more specifically the molecules they secrete, could help treat allergies and autoimmune disease.
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Infographic: How Worms that Reside in the Gut Could Influence Health
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2021
Research in animals and people supports a range of mechanisms by which the parasites affect physiology and immune responses.
Cancer Vaccines: Raising a T Cell Army
Niki Spahich, PhD | Apr 1, 2021
Vaccines against various forms of cancer prime the immune system to attack.
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Woman’s Body Appears to Rid Itself of HIV
Chloe Tenn | Nov 18, 2021
Researchers report what appears to be the second case of a person’s immune system clearing the virus on its own.
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Lungfish Cocoons Are Alive, Sort Of
Abby Olena | Nov 17, 2021
Researchers find that the protective outer layer that lungfish make to survive extended dry periods—once thought to be a simple mucus shell—contains immune cells that trap bacteria and protect the animals from infection.
Checking Checkpoints for Treating Cancer
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Mar 31, 2021
Researchers devise strategies to improve checkpoint inhibitor therapy and predict patient response.
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David Gate Probes Links Between Alzheimer’s and the Immune System
James M. Gaines | Nov 1, 2021
The Northwestern University researcher studies how adaptive immune cells influence neurodegenerative disease.
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Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Chloe Tenn | Oct 20, 2021
The achievement bolsters hopes that nonhuman animals could be used to remedy the shortage of transplantable organs.
LabTalk Podcast - Predicting the Immune Response with Single-Cell Analysis: Autoimmunity, Vaccination, and COVID-19
The Scientist Creative Services Team, 10x Genomics | Mar 31, 2021
Researchers identify signatures that predict how a person will respond to an immune system stimulus.
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Gut Microbes Help Coordinate Immune Activity in Mice
Catherine Offord | Jul 29, 2021
The microbiota helps align a mouse’s innate immune system with its feeding patterns, prepping the animal to fend off infection when it’s most likely to be eating.
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Gene Therapy Continues to Benefit Kids with Immunodeficiency
Jef Akst | May 12, 2021
Four dozen children with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) who received a corrective gene carried by a virus have working immune systems two to three years later, according to three independent clinical trials.
Surveillance Gaps: How Cancer Arises
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Mar 15, 2021
Surveillance Gaps: How Cancer Arises
Many Deep-Sea Microbes Invisible to Mammalian Immune System
Abby Olena | Mar 12, 2021
In a new study, human and mouse cells recognized only one in five bacterial species collected from more than a mile below the Pacific Ocean’s surface.
Common Cold Coronaviruses Tied to Less Severe COVID-19 Cases
Anthony King | Nov 11, 2020
Outcomes in COVID-19 patients may be better in those recently infected with endemic coronaviruses. 
The Brain on COVID-19
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Dec 21, 2020
Connecting the dots between COVID-19 and neurological disorders
Eli Lilly Halts Antibody Trial in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients
Ashley Yeager | Oct 27, 2020
Recent data show that the drug bamlanivimab, also known as LY-CoV555, does not appear to help those with severe cases of COVID-19, but trials continue for milder cases.