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Senior Science Writer

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Blake pens and edits breaking news, articles and features on a broad range of scientific topics. Blake earned an honors degree in chemistry from the University of Surrey, which involved a placement year at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) laboratory, where he developed new pharmaceutical testing methods. Blake also holds an MSc in chemistry from the University of Southampton. His research project focused on the synthesis of novel fluorescent dyes often used as chemical/bio-sensors and as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy. Blake held several editorial-based roles before joining Technology Networks in 2024.

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Nightmares and Hallucinations Could Be an Early Sign of Autoimmune Disease

Neuropsychiatric symptoms such as nightmares could be early indicators of lupus, a new study has found. Researchers argue that there needs to be greater recognition that these types of symptoms can act as an early warning sign of a disease flare.
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Could a “Tailored” Vaccine Be the Key to Treating Eczema in Children

Researchers have uncovered important immune signatures in children with infected flares of eczema. Technology Networks spoke to Dr. Rachel McLoughlin to learn how these findings could guide the development of a tailored eczema vaccine.
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Immune System “Misdirection” May Explain Link Between Epstein-Barr Virus and MS

Research from the University of Birmingham has found that following EBV infection there is more immune system cross-reactivity, where the body’s immune system binds to the wrong target, than previously thought.
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Opportunistic Bacteria Are More Abundant in the Microbiome of Mouthwash Users

After three months of daily use of an alcohol-based mouthwash, two species of opportunistic bacteria were significantly more abundant in the mouth. These findings provide evidence that mouthwash may have a detrimental effect on the oral microbiome.
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Industry Insight

Collaborative AI Partnership Hopes To Shape the Future of Drug Discovery

Sanofi, Formation Bio and OpenAI are collaborating to build AI-powered software to accelerate drug development. The three teams will combine data, software and tuned models to develop custom, purpose-built solutions for drug discovery.
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How Does Trauma Impact the Immune System?

Researchers have found that individuals with trauma-related disorders experience an array of physiologic alterations, including immune system disruption. Here, we highlight some of the latest research addressing trauma’s impact on the immune system.
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Intermittent Fasting Promotes a Healthy Gut Microbiome, Study Finds

Researchers have found intermittent fasting and a diet incorporating a protein-pacing regimen can lead to better gut health and weight loss. The findings provide valuable insights into the complex relationship between diet and the gut microbiome.
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Metabolic Inhibition Offers a New Approach To Combat Epstein-Barr Virus

Inhibiting a specific metabolic pathway in EBV-infected B cells can diminish infection and reduce the risk of downstream disease. A class of “failed” inhibitor drugs may now receive a second chance in applications aimed at dampening EBV infection.
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HPV Test Intervals Could Be Safely Extended, Say Cervical Cancer Researchers

HPV testing eight years after a negative result instead of the recommended five is comparable to testing three years after a negative cytology screening. These findings could be used to better inform updated screening guidelines.
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HIV Vaccine Candidate Induces Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies in Humans

A trial HIV vaccine has triggered low levels of HIV bnAbs in humans. The findings provide proof that a vaccine can elicit bnAbs to fight diverse strains of HIV and that it can initiate the process within weeks after just two immunizations.