Scientists are continuing to make progress on new vaccine technologies that could save and extend millions of lives in the coming years.
According to an announcement from the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Richard Phipps has found that certain molecules from diabetes drugs can also help to stimulate cells in the immune system to increase the production of antibodies.
The university noted that this discovery could especially be helpful to those with chronic health problems that compromise their immune systems. Other potential beneficiaries would include some infants and elderly people.
The research apparently has great potential to result in the development of new adjuvants, which are added to vaccines to improve the body's immune response. At this point, alum is said to be the only widely approved vaccine adjuvant in the country.
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