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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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Researchers Uncover Mode of Action of New Multiple Sclerosis Drug

April 7, 2014

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Researchers Uncover Mode of Action of New Multiple Sclerosis Drug Dimethyl Fumarate

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute and the University of Lübeck have uncovered the mode of action for dimethyl fumarate, a drug that was recently approved in Europe as a basic therapy for multiple sclerosis. Just a few short weeks ago, dimethyl fumarate was approved in Europe as a basic therapy for multiple sclerosis. Although […]

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Researchers Solve a Long Standing Nano Mystery

February 7, 2014

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Scientists Solve Mystery of How Superheated Nanodroplets Vaporize

Researchers solve a long standing mystery of how superheated nanodroplets vaporize when hit by a pulse of ultrasound, this finding may lead to a localized and controlled form of chemotherapy. A technique which may one day be used for tumor therapy and imaging could be greatly improved thanks to new insights obtained by scientists from […]

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Researchers Discover New Link between Processes Associated with a Parkinson’s Related Gene Defect

January 30, 2014

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Researchers Discover New Link between Processes Associated with a Parkinsons Related Gene Defect

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute have discovered a new link between processes associated with a Parkinson’s-related gene defect, paving the way to the development of more refined GDNF therapies in the future. Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease involve the death of thousands of neurons in the brain. Nerve growth factors produced by the body, […]

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Scientists Sequence the Genome of the World’s Oldest Continuously Surviving Cancer

January 24, 2014

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Genome of Oldest Cancer Reveals Its Origin and Evolution

Researchers have sequenced the genome of an 11,000-year-old dog cancer, revealing its secrets and origin. Scientists have sequenced the genome of the world’s oldest continuously surviving cancer, a transmissible genital cancer that affects dogs. This cancer, which causes grotesque genital tumors in dogs around the world, first arose in a single dog that lived about […]

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New Biosensor Detects Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s Disease

January 8, 2014

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New Technology Opens Door to Blood Test for Alzheimers Disease

Researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a biosensor that can detect very small quantities of amyloid-beta clusters, which could open the door to future blood tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists at the University of Leeds have developed a new technology that could form the basis of a simple blood test for Alzheimer’s disease. […]

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