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Bacteria's Covert Operation on Our Immune System
Bacteria's Covert Operation on Our Immune System
News   Oct 24, 2018

Comparing two strains of Salmonella – one that causes disease in humans and the other in reptiles – researchers discovered a covert way that the human-affecting bacteria essentially tricks the immune system into not attacking.

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GFAP Astrocyte Mutation Triggers Chaos in Brain Cells
GFAP Astrocyte Mutation Triggers Chaos in Brain Cells
News   Oct 24, 2018

A pioneer in the study of neural cells has revealed how a single mutation affecting the most common protein in a supporting brain cell produces devastating, fibrous globs. These, in turn, disturb the location of cellular processing units, harm the flow of energy and signals through the brain, and reduce the formation of myelin, an essential insulator for neurons.

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How the Brain's Epigenetic Factors Change in Alzheimer's
How the Brain's Epigenetic Factors Change in Alzheimer's
News   Oct 23, 2018

Pioneering research into the mechanisms controlling gene activity and epigenetic factors in the brain could hold the key to understanding Alzheimer’s disease and might help identify effective treatments in the future.

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A Dog's Color Could Impact Life Expectancy
A Dog's Color Could Impact Life Expectancy
News   Oct 22, 2018

New research led by the University of Sydney has revealed the life expectancy of chocolate Labradors is significantly lower than their black and yellow counterparts.

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Is There a Link Between Herpes and Alzheimer's?
Is There a Link Between Herpes and Alzheimer's?
News   Oct 22, 2018

Possible links between herpes and Alzheimer's disease have been assessed in a recent review.

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Test Which Identifies Drug-resistant Tuberculosis Bacteria Now Available In Europe
Test Which Identifies Drug-resistant Tuberculosis Bacteria Now Available In Europe
News   Oct 22, 2018

Now available in Europe: A diagnostic test which can simultaneously detect tuberculosis-causing bacteria and determine if the bacteria contain mutations associated with resistance to two important first line drugs.

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Tracking Down Missing-in-Action Multiple Sclerosis Genes
Tracking Down Missing-in-Action Multiple Sclerosis Genes
News   Oct 19, 2018

Previous work by the International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium (IMSGC) has identified 233 genetic risk variants. However, these only account for about 20% of overall disease risk, with the remaining genetic culprits proving elusive. A new study has tracked down four of these hard-to-find genes.

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New Approach for Controlling Dengue Fever and Zika virus
New Approach for Controlling Dengue Fever and Zika virus
News   Oct 19, 2018

Researchers have succeeded in using CRISPR-Cas9, to decrease mosquito body size, moving the research one step closer to eliminating mosquitoes that carry dengue fever and Zika virus.

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Breast­feed­ing Protects Babies from An­ti­bi­otic-res­ist­ant Bac­teria
Breast­feed­ing Protects Babies from An­ti­bi­otic-res­ist­ant Bac­teria
News   Oct 18, 2018

Babies that are breastfed for at least six months have less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their gut compared with infants breastfed for a shorter time.

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Marker May Help Target Treatments for Crohn’s Patients
Marker May Help Target Treatments for Crohn’s Patients
News   Oct 18, 2018

Accurately predicting which subtype of Crohn's disease is likely to develop has not been possible, until now.

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