Immune Boosting for Kids

Last year, my family and I made it through the whole winter with only one cold! Think that’s impossible? It’s not, and I’ll tell you how we did it. For starters, we made sure the usual precautions were taken – ate lots of vegetables and fruit, drank lots of water, practiced good hand-washing, and made […]

Transplantation shown to be highly effective in treating immune deficiency in children

Babies who are born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) can be successfully treated with a transplant of blood-forming stem cells, according to experts. SCID is a group of inherited disorders that cause the immune system to severely malfunction. When this breakdown occurs, babies no longer have the ability to fight off routine infections because their […]

Severe combined immune deficiency: Early detection and transplantation provide best outcomes

Children born with severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) have the best chance of survival if they undergo a hematopoietic stem cell transplant as soon after birth as possible, according to a detailed analysis of 10 years of outcome data. These findings, the researchers say, argue for expanding newborn screening for SCID, which leaves affected infants […]

Natural birth may strengthen immune system, mouse study shows

New knowledge about the immune system has been uncovered by a mouse study, which indicates that natural birth improves the immune system of the pups. Newborns delivered by natural birth are exposed to more bacteria from the mother. The newborn baby’s immune system in this way learns to distinguish between its own harmless molecules and […]

Infant immune systems learn fast, but have short memories

Forgetful immune systems leave infants particularly prone to infections, according to a new study. Upending the common theory that weak immune cells are to blame, the study has found that infants’ immune systems actually respond to infection with more speed and strength than adults, but the immunities they create fail to last. Infant’s Health News […]

Pregnancy: overactive immune system linked to offspring brain damage

In a mouse study, researchers found that fetal mice who were exposed in the womb to a maternal immune system in overdrive – due to an infection or other illness – displayed lasting signs of brain damage into adulthood. And the investigators believe their findings could be relevant to human neurologic diseases, such as schizophrenia […]