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COVID-19 Vaccination Linked With Temporary Increase in Menstrual Cycle Length

A large international study has confirmed the findings of a previous U.S. study that linked COVID-19 vaccination with an average increase in menstrual cycle length of less than one day.
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mRNA Vaccines Protect Against Serious COVID-19 During Pregnancy

The first large, real-world study of the effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy found these vaccines, especially two initial doses followed by a booster, are effective in protecting against serious disease in expectant mothers whether the shots are administered before or during pregnancy.
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Immune System's "Off Button" Exposed

Researchers have underpinned the molecular mechanism behind the immune system's "off switch", contributing to global efforts to design immune-boosting treatments.
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Placenta-on-a-Chip Mimics Malaria-Infected Nutrient Exchange Between Mother and Fetus

Combining microbiology with engineering technologies, this novel 3D model uses a single microfluidic chip to study the complicated processes that take place in malaria-infected placenta as well as other placenta-related diseases and pathologies.
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Mutating a Key Molecule in Bacterial Protein Could Stop Gonorrhoea Infection

Creating a mutation that inhibits how the bacterial pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae causes gonorrhea, a common sexually transmitted infection, could offer a new way to prevent and treat the disease, according to researchers in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University.
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Viruses Keep Tabs on Us To Plan Their Next Move

New research indicates that viruses are able to sense their environment to decide when to multiply and kill the host cell, adding a new dimension to viral-host interactions.
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Stopping the Immune System’s Lethal Lung Response

Researchers have discovered a drug candidate that, in mice, can prevent lethal lung inflammation by inhibiting a protein called PTP1B.
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DNA Nets Capture SARS-CoV-2 in Low-Cost Testing Platform

Tiny nets woven from DNA strands can ensnare the spike protein of the virus that causes COVID-19, lighting up the virus for a fast-yet-sensitive diagnostic test.
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New Studies Strengthen Evidence Linking Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

Through two studies, researchers have made stronger connections between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Regulatory Network Behind Multiple-Organ Inflammatory Response Uncovered

Researchers have investigated how the chronic inflammation that accompanies aging is regulated, identifying a positive feedback loop that maintains inflammation as we age.
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