How the Immune System Works

Author: Lauren M. Sompayrac

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118997824

Category: Medical

Page: 160

View: 4330

How the Immune System Works has helped thousands of students understand what’s in their big, thick, immunology textbooks. In his book, Dr. Sompayrac cuts through the jargon and details to reveal, in simple language, the essence of this complex subject. In fifteen easy-to-read chapters, featuring the humorous style and engaging analogies developed by Dr. Sompayrac, How the Immune System Works explains how the immune system players work together to protect us from disease – and, most importantly, why they do it this way. Rigorously updated for this fifth edition, How the Immune System Works includes the latest information on subjects such as vaccines, the immunology of AIDS, and cancer. A highlight of this edition is a new chapter on the intestinal immune system – currently one of the hottest topics in immunology. Whether you are completely new to immunology, or require a refresher, How the Immune System Works will provide you with a clear and engaging overview of this fascinating subject. But don’t take our word for it! Read what students have been saying about this classic book: "What an exceptional book! It's clear you are in the hands of an expert." "Possibly the Best Small Text of All Time!" "This is a FUN book, and Lauren Sompayrac does a fantastic job of explaining the immune system using words that normal people can understand." "Hands down the best immunology book I have read... a very enjoyable read." "This is simply one of the best medical textbooks that I have ever read. Clear diagrams coupled with highly readable text make this whole subject easily understandable and engaging." Now with a brand new website at www.wiley.com/go/sompayrac featuring Powerpoint files of the images from the book
Posted in Medical

In Defense of Self

How the Immune System Really Works

Author: William R. Clark

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195335554

Category: Medical

Page: 265

View: 7778

William Clark invites readers on a tour of the immune system, introducing some of the most important medical advances and challenges of the past 100 years, from the development of vaccines and the treatment of allergies, automimmunity and cancer, to prolonging organ transplants and combating AIDS.
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Molecular Biology of the Cell

Author: Bruce Alberts

Publisher: Garland Science

ISBN: 1317563743

Category: Science

Page: 1464

View: 3614

As the amount of information in biology expands dramatically, it becomes increasingly important for textbooks to distill the vast amount of scientific knowledge into concise principles and enduring concepts.As with previous editions, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Sixth Edition accomplishes this goal with clear writing and beautiful illustrations. The Sixth Edition has been extensively revised and updated with the latest research in the field of cell biology, and it provides an exceptional framework for teaching and learning. The entire illustration program has been greatly enhanced.Protein structures better illustrate structure–function relationships, icons are simpler and more consistent within and between chapters, and micrographs have been refreshed and updated with newer, clearer, or better images. As a new feature, each chapter now contains intriguing openended questions highlighting “What We Don’t Know,” introducing students to challenging areas of future research. Updated end-of-chapter problems reflect new research discussed in the text, and these problems have been expanded to all chapters by adding questions on developmental biology, tissues and stem cells, pathogens, and the immune system.
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Primer to the Immune Response

Author: Tak W. Mak,Mary E. Saunders,Bradley D. Jett

Publisher: Newnes

ISBN: 012385461X

Category: Medical

Page: 702

View: 8756

Written in the same engaging conversational style as the acclaimed first edition, Primer to The Immune Response, 2nd Edition is a fully updated and invaluable resource for college and university students in life sciences, medicine and other health professions who need a concise but comprehensive introduction to immunology. The authors bring clarity and readability to their audience, offering a complete survey of the most fundamental concepts in basic and clinical immunology while conveying the subject’s fascinating appeal. The content of this new edition has been completely updated to include current information on all aspects of basic and clinical immunology. The superbly drawn figures are now in full color, complemented by full color plates throughout the book. The text is further enhanced by the inclusion of numerous tables, special topic boxes and brief notes that provide interesting insights. At the end of each chapter, a self-test quiz allows students to monitor their mastery of major concepts, while a set of conceptual questions prompts them to extrapolate further and extend their critical thinking. Moreover, as part of the Academic Cell line of textbooks, Primer to The Immune Response, 2nd Edition contains research passages that shine a spotlight on current experimental work reported in Cell Press articles. These articles also form the basis of case studies that are found in the associated online study guide and are designed to reinforce clinical connections. Complete yet concise coverage of the basic and clinical principles of immunology Engaging conversational writing style that is to the point and very readable Over 200 clear, elegant color illustrations Comprehensive glossary and list of abbreviations
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The Immune System, Fourth Edition

Author: Peter Parham

Publisher: Garland Science

ISBN: 1317511573

Category: Medical

Page: 624

View: 4179

The Immune System, Fourth Edition emphasizes the human immune system and presents immunological concepts in a coherent, concise, and contemporary account of how the immune system works. Written for undergraduate, medical, veterinary, dental, and pharmacy students, it makes generous use of medical examples to illustrate points. This classroom-proven textbook offers clear writing, full-color illustrations, and section and chapter summaries that make the book accessible and easily understandable to students. The Fourth Edition is a major revision that brings the content up-to-date and improves clarity. Based on user feedback, there is now increased continuity and connectivity between chapters.
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Environmental Influences on the Immune System

Author: Charlotte Esser

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3709118905

Category: Medical

Page: 378

View: 4002

This book brings together articles on the overarching theme of how the environment shapes the immune system. The immune system is commonly assumed to respond to harmful pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. However, harmless bacteria, chemicals, stress, normal food and other factors can also trigger, shape or interfere with the immune system, often producing adverse effects. Yet, it is also becoming increasingly accepted that some of these interactions are physiological and necessary for a healthy immune system. Examples of negative effects include the immunosuppressive effects of UV irradiation, or the immunotoxic effects of man-made chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Autoimmunity or allergies can be the adverse consequences of interaction between the immune system and chemical compounds such as drugs. Positive effects can come from natural exposure levels to bacteria, healthy life-style or the diet. There is a great need to understand how communication between the environment and the immune system works. This book addresses this need. It covers environmental factors (such as bacteria, sun exposure), human factors (such as age, exercise or stress), and important man-made factors (such as air pollution). A chapter on human rights complements the scientific chapters. The book is intended for immunologists, toxicologists and researchers who want to know how the immune system works and is triggered, as well as for medical doctors in environmental medicine and the general public interested in immunology.
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The Immune System: a Very Short Introduction

Author: Paul Klenerman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019875390X

Category: Medical

Page: 144

View: 7012

The immune system is central to human health and the focus of much medical research. Growing understanding of the immune system, and especially the creation of immune memory (long lasting protection), which can be harnessed in the design of vaccines, have been major breakthroughs in medicine. In this Very Short Introduction, Paul Klenerman describes the immune system, and how it works in health and disease. In particular he focuses on the human immune system, considering how it evolved, the basic rules that govern its behavior, and the major health threats where it is important. The immune system comprises a series of organs, cells and chemical messengers which work together as a team to provide defence against infection. Klenerman discusses these components, the critical signals that trigger them and how they exert their protective effects, including so-called "innate" immune responses, which react very fast to infection, and "adaptive" immune responses, which have huge diversity and a capacity to recognize and defend against a massive array of micro-organisms. Klenerman also considers what happens when our immune systems fail to be activated effectively, leading to serious infections, problems with inherited diseases, and also HIV/AIDS. At the opposite extreme, as Klenerman shows, an over-exaggerated immune response leads to inflammatory diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as allergy and asthma. Finally he looks at the "Immune system v2.o" - how immune therapies and vaccines can be advanced to protect us against the major diseases of the 21st century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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The Immune System

Author: Gregory Stewart,Denton A. Cooley

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438107684

Category: Electronic books

Page: 134

View: 2667

Examines the workings of a complex structure, the body's defense against disease and infection.
Posted in Electronic books

Understanding the Immune System

Author: Lydia Woods Schindler

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9780788115196

Category: Immune response

Page: 40

View: 3327

Covers the anatomy of the immune system, the cells and sections of the immune system, mounting an immune response, disorders of the immune system, immunity and cancer, frontiers in immunology, and much more. Glossary. Color illustrations.
Posted in Immune response

Basic Immunology

Functions and Disorders of the Immune System

Author: Abul K. Abbas,Andrew H. Lichtman,Shiv Pillai

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 032339082X

Category: Allergy

Page: 352

View: 7697

Understand all the essential concepts in immunology with this book that provides you with an up-to-date, accessible introduction to the workings of the human immune system. This book enables you to efficiently master the immunology information you need through clinically focused content, logically organized by mechanism. You can apply what you have learned to real-world situations by referencing the appendix of clinical cases. It can enhance your learning with the help of numerous full-color illustrations and useful tables, as well as summary boxes, review questions, and a glossary of immunology terms. -- Publisher description.
Posted in Allergy

Avian Immunology

Author: Karel A. Schat,Bernd Kaspers,Pete Kaiser

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0123972728

Category: Medical

Page: 456

View: 9604

The second edition of Avian Immunology provides an up-to-date overview of the current knowledge of avian immunology. From the ontogeny of the avian immune system to practical application in vaccinology, the book encompasses all aspects of innate and adaptive immunity in chickens. In addition, chapters are devoted to the immunology of other commercially important species such as turkeys and ducks, and to ecoimmunology summarizing the knowledge of immune responses in free-living birds often in relation to reproductive success. The book contains a detailed description of the avian innate immune system, encompassing the mucosal, enteric, respiratory and reproductive systems. The diseases and disorders it covers include immunodepressive diseases and immune evasion, autoimmune diseases, and tumors of the immune system. Practical aspects of vaccination are examined as well. Extensive appendices summarize resources for scientists including cell lines, inbred chicken lines, cytokines, chemokines, and monoclonal antibodies. The world-wide importance of poultry protein for the human diet, as well as the threat of avian influenza pandemics like H5N1 and heavy reliance on vaccination to protect commercial flocks makes this book a vital resource. This book provides crucial information not only for poultry health professionals and avian biologists, but also for comparative and veterinary immunologists, graduate students and veterinary students with an interest in avian immunology. With contributions from 33 of the foremost international experts in the field, this book provides the most up-to-date review of avian immunology so far Contains a detailed description of the avian innate immune system reviewing constitutive barriers, chemical and cellular responses; it includes a comprehensive review of avian Toll-like receptors Contains a wide-ranging review of the "ecoimmunology" of free-living avian species, as applied to studies of population dynamics, and reviews methods and resources available for carrying out such research
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Insect Immunology

Author: Nancy E. Beckage

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780080556338

Category: Science

Page: 360

View: 1922

This work is the first book-length publication on the topic of insect immunology since 1991, complementing earlier works by offering a fresh perspective on current research. Interactions of host immune systems with both parasites and pathogens are presented in detail, as well as the genomics and proteomics, approaches which have been lacking in other publications. Beckage provides comprehensive coverage of topics important to medical researchers, including Drosophila as a model for studying cellular and humoral immune mechanisms, biochemical mediators of immunity, and insect blood cells and their functions. Encompasses the most important topics of insect immunology including mechanisms, genes, proteins, evolution and phylogeny Provides comprehensive coverage of topics important to medical researchers including Drosophila as a model for studying cellular and humoral immune mechanisms, biochemical mediators of immunity, and insect blood cells and their functions Most up-to-date information published with contributions from international leaders in the field
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Fighting Illness and Injury

The Immune System

Author: Thomas Canavan

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1499412339

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 6266

Germs are always present in our bodies. However, a healthy immune system keeps them at bay and fights off illnesses that do grow in our bodies. Perhaps the most important body system, the immune system helps heal cuts and bruises and also allows the body to recover from surgery and other trauma. The main content describes the processes of the immune system through examples easily related to readers’ own bodies. Full-color diagrams and photographs aid understanding as fascinating sidebars and frequently asked questions discuss some of the coolest details of this system, such as fighting infection and how broken bones heal.
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The Thorn in the Starfish

The Immune System and how it Works

Author: Robert S. Desowitz

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393305562

Category: Medical

Page: 270

View: 1499

Traces the history of disease control, discusses inoculations, antigens, antibodies, T cells, and AIDS, and looks at what happens when the human body gets sick
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Immune

How Your Body Defends and Protects You

Author: Catherine Carver

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472915143

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 288

View: 5772

The human body is like an exceedingly well-fortified castle, defended by billions of soldiers – some live for less than a day, others remember battles for decades, but all are essential in protecting us from disease. This hidden army is our immune system, and without it we could not survive the eternal war between our microscopic enemies and ourselves. Immune explores the incredible arsenal that lives within us – how it knows what to attack and what to defend, and how it kills everything from the common cold virus to plague bacteria. We see what happens when the immune system turns on us, and how life is impossible without its protection. We learn how diseases try to evade the immune system and exploit its vulnerabilities, and we discover how scientists are designing new drugs to harness the power of the system to fight disease. Do transplants ever reject their new bodies? What is pus? How can your body make more antibodies than there are stars in our galaxy? Why is cancer so hard for our immune system to fight? Why do flu outbreaks cause a spike in sleep disorders? Can we smell someone else's immune system, and does that help us subconsciously decide who we fall in love with? In this book, Catherine Carver answers all of these compelling questions, and many more besides. Drawing on everything from ancient Egyptian medical texts to cutting-edge medical science, Immune will take you on an adventure packed with weird and wonderful revelations about your own internal defensive system.
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Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies

Author: Wendy Warner,Kellyann Petrucci

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118460073

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 384

View: 4654

Boost your body's natural defenses against disease Good nutrition is a key weapon against colds and the flu. The foods, supplements, and practices outlined in Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies can boost your body's natural defenses against disease when they're incorporated into your daily diet and lifestyle. Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies provides hands-on techniques for supercharging your immune system to resist illness and prevent disease. Through diet, exercise, stress reduction, and nutritional supplements, the role of water, sunlight, and oxygen, you can harness the power of your immune system and help your body combat health issues that include: antibiotic-resistant bacteria, allergies, Hepatitis C, pre-menopause, menopause, cancer, Rheumatoid arthritis, dental, and autoimmune diseases. In addition, Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies includes tasty recipes for every meal of the day along with shopping lists and tips for stretching grocery dollars while still eating healthy! Expert advice and tips on living and eating healthy Includes more than 40 healthy and tasty immunity boosting recipes Shows you how to supercharge your immune system If you're looking for a resource that will help you improve your overall health by eating properly and exercising to drastically improve their immunity to disease, Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies has you covered.
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Immunobiology Five

Author: Charles Janeway

Publisher: Garland Publishing

ISBN: 9780815336426

Category: Medical

Page: 732

View: 3747

This authoritative textbook summarises the basic immunological concepts, looks at the main aspects of adaptive immunity, then integrates all the preceding material at the level of the complete organism in both health and disease.
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Immunity and Inflammation in Health and Disease

Emerging Roles of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods in Immune Support

Author: Shampa Chatterjee,Wolfgang Jungraithmayr,Debasis Bagchi

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0128054026

Category: Medical

Page: 476

View: 7564

Immunity and Inflammation in Health and Disease: Emerging Roles of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods in Immune Support provides a comprehensive description of the various pathways by which the vertebrate immune system works, the signals that trigger immune response and how fnew and novel nutraceuticals and functional foods, can be used to contain inflammation and also to boost immunity and immune health. Inflammation is a tool to fight pathogens and the vertebrate immune system has a very complex network of cells to achieve this. However inflammation that goes awry is also the leding cause of several diseases ranging from cardiovascular diseases to diabetes. This book covers the entire gamut from the various cellular players in the inflammation-immune response to its ramifications in terms of protection against pathogens as well as in onset of metabolic, aging and auto-immune related diseases. Finally, the balancing role of dietary nutrients between host defence and immune support is also showcased. The first three scetions explain the various components of the immune system and their modes of activation. The fourth section deals with the ramifications of a robust and execessive inflammatory response. The fifth section is focused on the association between nutrition and immunity and how deficiencies in certain nutrients may affect immunocompetence. The sixth section chapters represent a vision of paradigm shifts within the field and discusses possible future directions. This bool will be a valuable reference for researchers studying immune health either in academia, or in the nutraceutical or functional food industries. Product developers in nutraceutical, supplement, functional food, and health food companies will also appreciate the information presented here. Conceptualizes the key features in natural products which can boost immune function and immune health Explains the intricate mechanistic aspects and balance behind immune health Presents the pathophysiology of several diseases associated with immune system disruption
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The Immune System Recovery Plan

A Doctor's 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease

Author: Susan Blum

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451695004

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 384

View: 4783

One of the most sought-after experts in the field of functional medicine shares her proven four-step program to treat, reverse, and prevent autoimmune conditions and repair your immune system. • Are you constantly exhausted? • Do you frequently feel sick? • Are you hot when others are cold, or cold when everyone else is warm? • Do you have trouble thinking clearly, aka “brain fog”? • Do you often feel irritable? • Are you experiencing hair loss, dry skin, or unexplained weight fluctuation? • Do your joints ache or swell but you don’t know why? • Do you have an overall sense of not feeling your best, but it has been going on so long it’s actually normal to you? IF you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have an autoimmune disease, and this book is the “medicine” you need. Among the most prevalent forms of chronic illness in this country, autoimmune disease affects nearly 23.5 million Americans. This epidemic—a result of the toxins in our diet; exposure to chemicals, heavy metals, and antibiotics; and unprecedented stress levels—has caused millions to suffer from autoimmune conditions such as Graves’ disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, lupus, and more. In The Immune System Recovery Plan, Dr. Susan Blum, one of the most sought-after experts in the field of functional medicine, shares the four-step program she used to treat her own serious autoimmune condition and help countless patients reverse their symptoms, heal their immune systems, and prevent future illness. DR. BLUM’S INNOVATIVE METHOD FOCUSES ON: • Using food as medicine • Understanding the stress connection • Healing your gut and digestive system • Optimizing liver function Each of these sections includes an interactive workbook to help you determine and create your own personal treatment program. Also included are recipes for simple, easy-to-prepare dishes to jump-start the healing process. The Immune System Recovery Plan is a revolutionary way for people to balance their immune systems, transform their health, and live fuller, happier lives.
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A Guide to Transfer Factors and Immune System Health

Author: Aaron White

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781419674990

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 248

View: 3452

This book is a tour de force about what just might be the most important development in medicine since the discovery of antibiotics. As Dr. White eloquently explains, transfer factors are molecules made by immune cells during the process of fighting infections. When taken from a human or other animal already exposed to a particular infectious agent and given to a human not yet exposed to it, transfer factors literally transfer immunity to the infectious agent. When given to someone currently battling such an infection, transfer factors spur the immune system to go after the infectious agent and destroy it. When taken as supplements, transfer factors augment the ability of the body to fight viruses, mycobacteria and cancers. While so far ignored by the American medical community, it would be impossible to ignore them after reading this book.
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