When white blood cells
need to get to the site of an infection, they can exit the bloodstream via a process called diapedesis.
We undertook this study to understand the correlation between consuming a Mediterranean diet and specific health markers, including platelet levels and white blood cell
counts, which can more specifically explain the diet's benefits in reducing the long-term risk of cerebral and heart disease or other chronic conditions," lead study author Marialaura Bonaccio, PhD, of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo NEUROMED in Italy said.
The study compared the levels of white blood cells
with the physical fitness of 452 men.
A subgroup of white blood cells
called B cells manufactures and secretes antibodies, which are proteins with shapes that can latch onto other proteins, the way an M and a W can fit together.
His group had been administering various natural signaling agents to white blood cells
, which the immune system sends out to vanquish germs.
Responses occurred in 55 percent of those with myeloid blast crisis, with four of those patients having their white blood cell
counts returned to normal.
Scientists began to understand in more detail how white blood cells
are activated by foreign substances to mount attacks.
Ami Shah, Meghan's physician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, said the increase in the white blood cells
makes Meghan less susceptible to infections.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an update to the Neulasta(R) (pegfilgrastim) prescribing information to include data from a landmark Phase 3 study demonstrating the white blood cell
booster helps protect patients with most types of cancer undergoing moderately myelosuppressive chemotherapy from infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia (low white blood cell
count with fever), one of the most serious side effects of chemotherapy.
The granular structures in the cytoplasm of granulocytes, a type of white blood cell
, cause more scattering of incident light than the more uniform cytoplasm of lymphocytes, another type of white blood cell
NASDAQ:AMGN) the world's largest biotechnology company, today announced that an initial report from a study of 701 older cancer patients with solid tumors demonstrates Neulasta(R) (pegfilgrastim) administered beginning in the first cycle of myelosuppressive chemotherapy resulted in reductions in febrile neutropenia (low white blood cell
count with fever) and related complications, compared to those who received Neulasta in later chemotherapy cycles after developing a low white blood cell
Earlier research showed that chemokines attached to white blood cell
surfaces at the same points, called receptors, that were used by the HIV virus.
An analysis of 14 randomized clinical trials demonstrate that granulocyte colony-stimulating factors (G-CSFs) administered in the first and subsequent cycles of chemotherapy reduce the incidence of febrile neutropenia (low white blood cell
count with fever) and infection-related mortality in cancer patients.
and an international team of scientists working at the Scripps Research Institute, the Rockefeller University, New York University, and Kanto Gakuin University in Japan found that NK T cells, a type of white blood cell
, exposed to the Sphingomonas bacteria's glycolipid quickly launched an immune assault to rid the body of the substance and bacteria carrying it.
He later was told that his appendix had burst, and his white blood cell
count was high because it was fighting the bacteria from the appendix.