2010 Press Releases


  • Macrophages: The “Defense” Cells That Help Throughout the Body

    Released August 26, 2010 - Microphages are antimicrobial warriors and play critical roles in immune regulation and wound-healing. They can respond to a variety of cellular signals and change their physiology in response to local cues. This presentation focused on how macrophages exist in nearly all tissues and are produced when white blood cells called monocytes leave the blood and differentiate in a tissue-specific manner. Immune-regulating macrophages produce high levels of the cytokine interleukin-10, which helps suppress the body’s immune response and may hold the key to developing treatments for autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Response to Repetitive Laughter Similar to Effect of Repetitive Exercise

    Released April 26, 2010 -- Since the 1980s, California researchers have been studying the human body’s response to mirthful laughter and have found that laughter helps optimize many of the functions of various body systems. They are the first to establish that laughter helps optimize the hormones in the endocrine system, which leads to stress reduction. They have also shown that laughter has a positive effect on modulating components of the immune system, including increased production of antibodies and activation of the body’s protective cells, including T-cells and especially Natural Killer cells’ killing activity of tumor cells.