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Microbubbles Could Help Remove Dental Biofilms
Microbubbles Could Help Remove Dental Biofilms
News   Jan 23, 2018

Scientists have conducted a study to look for better ways for dentists to remove plaque and prevent complications. The team studied the efficiency of a cavitating jet, where high-speed fluid is injected by a nozzle through water to create very tiny bubbles of vapour. When these bubbles collapse, they produce strong shockwaves that are able to remove contaminants like bacterial biofilms.

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Fiber-Rich Diet Fights Off Obesity by Altering Microbiota
Fiber-Rich Diet Fights Off Obesity by Altering Microbiota
News   Jan 23, 2018

Changes to the bacteria that live in our guts that occur when we eat a fiber rich diet can help beat obesity.

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Salmonella Baby Milk Scandal - An Update
Salmonella Baby Milk Scandal - An Update
News   Jan 19, 2018

The withdrawal and/or recall of infant formula produced by a single French processing company will significantly reduce the risk of more infants being infected by Salmonella Agona, say EFSA and ECDC as a result of a rapid outbreak assessment.

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First Global Atlas of Soil Bacteria
First Global Atlas of Soil Bacteria
News   Jan 19, 2018

What lives in your dirt? Researchers are one step closer to finding out after compiling the first global atlas of soil bacterial communities and identifying a group of around 500 key species that are both common and abundant worldwide.

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Fight Against Cancer: Drug Combination Helps Kickstart the Immune System
Fight Against Cancer: Drug Combination Helps Kickstart the Immune System
News   Jan 18, 2018

Scientists from King's College London have found a way to boost the immune system to help it fight back against cancer.

The breakthrough involves the first ever use of a combination of chemotherapy and a drug being trialled as a treatment for neonatal jaundice, that together help kick start the body's natural defences.

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Possible Biomarker to Identify Who Would Benefit from Immunotherapy
Possible Biomarker to Identify Who Would Benefit from Immunotherapy
News   Jan 18, 2018

While immunotherapy has made a big impact on cancer treatment, the fact remains that only about a quarter of patients respond to these treatments. In a new study, researchers examined tissue samples from melanoma and ovarian cancer patients treated with immunotherapies and found a link between the percentage of antigen-presenting cells expressing PD-L1 and an objective clinical response to treatment.

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Study Reveals How MRSA Infection Compromises Lymphatic Function
Study Reveals How MRSA Infection Compromises Lymphatic Function
News   Jan 18, 2018

Infections of the skin or other soft tissues with the hard-to-treat MRSA bacteria appear to permanently compromise the lymphatic system, which is crucial to immune system function. Investigators describe how MRSA infection impairs the ability of lymphatic vessels to pump lymphatic fluid to lymph nodes in mouse models, which may contribute to the frequent recurrences of MRSA infection experienced by patients.

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Patent Plausability Case Sees BIA Intervention
Patent Plausability Case Sees BIA Intervention
News   Jan 18, 2018

The UK Bioindustry Association (BIA) will intervene in a court case which could have huge ramifications for UK bioscience.

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Scleroderma Study Offers New Hope For Sufferers
Scleroderma Study Offers New Hope For Sufferers
News   Jan 17, 2018

An unusual autoimmune disease that causes skin and lung damage can be treated effectively by stem cell transplant, a new study found. The approach could represent the first new treatment to improve survival in patients with severe scleroderma in more than four decades.

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New Cell Therapy for Diabetes Being Tested
New Cell Therapy for Diabetes Being Tested
News   Jan 17, 2018

The University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health are testing a possible diabetes cure that replaces a person’s damaged pancreatic cells with new ones grown in the lab.

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