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Molecular Map Pinpoints Genetic Variants of Autoimmune Diseases

October 30, 2014

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New Molecular Map Reveals Genetic Origins of Autoimmune Diseases

Researchers have developed a molecular map that pinpoints genetic variants that play a role in 21 different autoimmune diseases, providing new insight into the cause of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases. Researchers at Yale, the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard developed a sophisticated mathematical model and […]

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Targeted Isolation May Be the Most Effective Way to Reduce Transmission of Ebola

October 28, 2014

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Isolation May Be the Most Effective Way to Reduce Transmission of Ebola

New research led by the Yale School of Public Health shows that isolating 75% of infected individuals in critical condition within four days of symptom onset has a high chance of eliminating the spread of Ebola. Isolating the most severely ill Ebola patients before the fifth day of their illness may be the most effective […]

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Yale Scientists Reveal Ebola Epidemic in Africa Poised to Explode

October 24, 2014

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Yale Study Shows Ebola Epidemic in Africa Poised to Explode

An international team of scientists has developed a new mathematical transmission model of the Ebola disease and applied it to Liberia’s most populous county, revealing that tens of thousands of new Ebola cases and deaths are likely by December 15 if the epidemic continues on its present course. The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating […]

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21-Day Quarantine Might Not Be Enough to Prevent the Spread of Ebola

October 16, 2014

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Study Questions 21 Day Quarantine For Ebola

A new study from Drexel University suggests that 21 days might not be enough to completely prevent spread of Ebola, revealing that there could be up to a 12 percent chance that someone could be infected even after the 21-day quarantine. As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases […]

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Researchers Detail the Structure and Dynamics of the HIV Spike Protein

October 9, 2014

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Scientists Capture Images of the Protein HIV Uses to Infect Cells

In two newly published studies, researchers detail the structure and dynamics of the HIV spike protein, which is used by the virus uses to fuse with and enter cells. HIV is adept at eluding immune system responses because the protein it uses to infect cells is constantly changing. Now a team of researchers including scientists […]

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Scientists Reveal New Information to Improve Vaccinations Against Pneumococcus Infection

September 30, 2014

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Scientists Reveal Six Changing Faces of Pneumococcus Infection

An international team of experts has revealed a genetic switch that controls pneumococcus infection and allows the bacterium to randomly change its characteristics into six alternative states. This research could pave the way to improved vaccines. Every ten seconds a human being dies from Streptococcus pneumoniae infection, also known as pneumococcus, making it a leading […]

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New Treatment Blocks and Reverses Pulmonary Fibrosis

September 25, 2014

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MicroRNA Mimicry Blocks Pulmonary Fibrosis

Using mouse models, researchers from Yale University and miRagen Therapeutics have shown that miR-29 blocks and reverses pulmonary fibrosis. Yale University researchers are studying a potential new treatment that reverses the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars develop in the lungs and severely hamper breathing. The treatment uses a microRNA mimic, […]

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Scientists Turn Diseased Cells Against Themselves

September 3, 2014

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Scientists Make Diseased Cells Synthesize Their Own Drug

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have adapted a chemical approach to turn diseased cells into unique manufacturing sites for molecules that could potentially treat a host of conditions in a very selective and precise manner, providing highly specific therapeutics that only act when a disease is present. Jupiter, Florida, September 2, 2014 – In […]

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How the Immune System Combats Superinfection

August 29, 2014

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How the Immune System Combats Superinfection

New research from Yale University shows how the immune system combats superinfections, revealing a biological basis for new vaccines against sexually transmitted diseases and possibly HIV. The immune system is great at making sure infections such as the herpes virus do not repeatedly infect a person, a condition known as a superinfection. Yet how the […]

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Study Links 1.65 Million Global Cardiovascular Deaths Per Year to High Sodium Consumption

August 15, 2014

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Study Links 1.65 Million Global Cardiovascular Deaths Each Year  to High Sodium Consumption

New research from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University links 1.65 million cardiovascular-related deaths per year to high sodium consumption. More than 1.6 million cardiovascular-related deaths per year can be attributed to sodium consumption above the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 2.0g (2,000 mg) per day, researchers have found in […]

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Researchers Eliminate HIV from Cultured Human Cells for First Time

July 28, 2014

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Researchers Successfully Eliminate the HIV Virus from Cultured Human Cells for the First Time

In a newly published study, researchers from Temple University detail how they created molecular tools to eliminate HIV from cultured human cells for first time. The HIV-1 virus has proved to be tenacious, inserting its genome permanently into its victims’ DNA, forcing patients to take a lifelong drug regimen to control the virus and prevent […]

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Yale Research Shows People with a Mental Illness are More Likely to Smoke

April 16, 2014

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Research Shows People with a Mental Illness are More Likely to Smoke

New research from Yale University shows that people with a mental illness are much more likely to smoke cigarettes and are less likely to quit smoking than those without mental illness. Those in the United States with a mental illness diagnosis are much more likely to smoke cigarettes and smoke more heavily, and are less […]

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