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The COVID-19 Pandemic – News and Features

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How Repeat COVID-19 Vaccinations and Infections Boost the Immune System

New research from scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) suggests people who received COVID-19 vaccines and then experienced “breakthrough” infections are especially well armed against future SARS-CoV-2 infections.
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Researchers Create New Virus That Can Trigger Cell Death in Tumors

A new strain of vaccinia virus has been developed to induce immunogenic cell death in cancer cells.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Caused a Surge in a Rare Health Condition

A rare condition surged among previously unaffected groups of people during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers report.
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Experimental mRNA Vaccine Could Limit the Impact of Avian Flu Outbreaks

An experimental mRNA vaccine against avian influenza virus H5N1 is highly effective in preventing severe illness and death in preclinical models.
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Pharma's Push To Resume In-Person Work Carries Consequences

This article explores the potential implications of big pharma companies urging their employees to return to in-person work and how this could impact the pharmaceutical sector.
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How Cell Division Modes Reflect Life Cycle Diversity

New research by EMBL scientists shows how different modes of cell division used by animals and fungi might have evolved to support diverse life cycles.
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Better Medical Record-Keeping May Help Tackle Antibiotic Overuse

Many who get antibiotics in clinics and emergency departments have no diagnosis or symptoms that might explain a prescription; improved diagnosis coding could help target efforts to optimize use and reduce risk.
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COVID-19 Re-Vaccinations Elicit Neutralizing Antibodies Against Future Variants

Re-vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 promotes the development of broadly inhibitory antibodies against a wide range of variants, which supports the use of yearly booster vaccines.
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Metformin Use Linked to Reduced Blood Cancer Risk, Study Finds

A new study from Denmark has found that people taking the type 2 diabetes drug metformin are less likely to develop a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) – a rare type of blood cancer that can develop into acute leukemia.
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Study Sheds Light on Preventing PXR-Associated Drug Resistance

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital uncovered a route to blocking activity of protein notorious for eliminating drugs, offering a potential boon to cancer therapy.