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Substance From Plant Slows Down Aggressive Eye Cancer
News   Mar 21, 2019

An active substance that has been known for 30 years could unexpectedly turn into a ray of hope against eye tumors. The plant leaves of which contain the tested substance is anything but rare: At Christmas time you can find it in every well-assorted garden center.

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Microbe Motility Enhanced by Microbiome Metabolites in Colon Chip
News   Mar 21, 2019

By leveraging an organ-on-a-chip model and a bioreactor, four human gut metabolites have been identified that can help explain the enhanced sensitivity of the human colon towards enterohemorrhagic E. coli, which is responsible for more than 100,000 infections per year in the USA alone.

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Antibodies Stabilize Plaque in Arteries
News   Mar 21, 2019

An unexpected role for type IgG antibodies has been identified, after a study in mice showed that the antibodies stabilize the plaque that accumulates on the artery walls, reducing the risk of rupture and blood clot.

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Zika Study May "Supercharge" Vaccine Research
News   Mar 20, 2019

Scientists looking at the genetics of Zika virus have found a way to fast-track research which could lead to new vaccines.

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Response to Skin Fungi Pivotal in Dermatitis Pathway
News   Mar 19, 2019

How does the immune system respond to fungi on our skin? Researchers at the University of Zurich have demonstrated that the same immune cells that protect us against skin fungi also encourage the inflammatory symptoms of atopic dermatitis. An antibody therapy could alleviate this chronic inflammatory skin disease.

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Device Would Allow TB Dosing to Switch From Daily to Monthly
News   Mar 19, 2019

A drug delivery device is under development, which works by slowly releasing antibiotics directly into the patient's stomach. This would allow patients to switch from daily to monthly doses, reducing the burden of tuberculosis treatment.

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Blood Test Distinguishes Fibromyalgia From Other Inflammatory Conditions
News   Mar 18, 2019

A blood test for fibromyalgia would be a relief for millions of people living with the poorly-understood condition, which is characterized by many symptoms including chronic widespread pain, sleep problems, and fatigue.

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Absorbable Antibiotic Envelope Can Cut Cardiac Device Infections
News   Mar 18, 2019

An absorbable, antibiotic-eluting envelope implanted when implanting cardiac devices like pacemakers and defibrillators can cut the rate of major infections by 40 percent.

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Could Cell Therapy Replace Need for Kidney Transplants?
News   Mar 15, 2019

By harnessing the unique properties of human amniotic fluid-derived stem cells, it has been demonstrated that the cells could potentially help recover organ function in a pre-clinical model of kidney disease.

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Hematopoietic Stem Cells: Making Blood Thicker Than Water
News   Mar 15, 2019

Understanding how balance is maintained between self-renewal and differentiation of stem cells may provide insights relevant for leukemia research.

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