Have you ever hesitated to get the flu shot? Maybe because you didn’t have the time, or thought you were invincible to catching the virus? As flu season is upon us once again, there’s something you need to know: Getting a flu shot isn’t all about you. It’s also about the people who are unable … Continue reading Herd immunity: Why getting the flu shot isn’t all about you
Normally, the immune system protects the body from diseases by recognizing foreign attackers and combatting them. But sometimes, the immune system doesn’t function properly, allowing conditions to worsen, and sometimes the immune system malfunctions and attack a person’s own body. In these cases, immunotherapy can help harness the power of your own immune system, acting as the armor, support and … Continue reading Why immunotherapy is the next frontier for treating disease
Cancer is a master of disguise. Normally, our immune systems can quickly destroy abnormal cells. But tumors are tricky — they are able to confuse the attacking immune cells, or hide altogether. “When the immune system recognizes a cancer cell, there is no doubt it will kill that cell,” said Carlos Becerra, MD, medical director … Continue reading Dendritic cell vaccines could revolutionize care for pancreatic cancer
Physicians affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health are expressing concerns that the recent wave of hysteria over the Ebola virus might overshadow the flu, which they say remains a serious public health threat. Roger Khetan, MD, said in an interview with WFAA-TV (Channel 8) this week, that he has seen a spike in flu cases in the … Continue reading Ebola gets headlines, but flu should remain top concern
We know that vaccines have the power to prevent deadly diseases, but could they also prevent cancers from recurring? In a small but promising pilot study, Baylor researchers are investigating whether a vaccine made from a patient’s own immune cells could help prevent breast cancer recurrences in women at high risk. Plan of Attack The … Continue reading Could a New Vaccine Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrences?
Just days ago, it was reported that more measles cases were discovered in Tarrant County, only heightening the awareness of the recent spread of one of the most contagious diseases known to man. Nearly 21 measles cases have been linked to North Texas counties in only a few short weeks. Should we be worried? The … Continue reading Measles Outbreak in North Texas: How To Protect Yourself
Shots. Just the sound of the word brings up memories from dreaded doctor visits where a nurse walks in with a tray of vaccines to inject an unsuspecting victim. The best way to look at how vaccines works are to view them as the attempt to mimic a natural immune response that would occur in … Continue reading History of Vaccines and Why You Need Them
As word about the new SARS-like MERS-CoV virus (Middle East Respiratory Virus, a type of coronavirus) spreads across the globe, many of us may be feeling a little concerned. I don’t know about you, but every time a virus like this breaks out I am haunted by scenes from the movies Contagion and Outbreak. Viruses can … Continue reading How Worried Should You Be About The New SARS-like Coronavirus?
Recent news stories reveal incredible promise on the groundbreaking of an HIV vaccine, so I sat down with Dr. Gerard Zurawski, researched and director of the Center for Biotechnology at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research for a quick Q&A. Q: Do you think it’s possible that an HIV vaccine (preventive or therapeutic) could be developed soon? … Continue reading Promising Research on HIV Vaccines
News broke earlier this week that some shipments of the H1N1 vaccine are being recalled amid concerns. You may be wondering what this news means for you and your family. Vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur has notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a voluntary recall … Continue reading Latest news on pediatric H1N1 vaccine recall