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Gut Health Predicts Serious Infections

The composition of the intestinal flora can predict the chances of developing serious infections such as pneumonia. Researchers from Amsterdam UMC and the University of Turku, Finland, followed more than 10,000 people for 6 years.
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People With Autism Are Missing Key Microbial Protectors

Missing microbes that protect the gut may promote behaviors reminiscent of the social impairments associated with autism. Replacing these microbes could alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms and the behavioral changes they provoke.
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Cancer Patients Develop Fewer Protective Antibodies to COVID-19

Cancer patients develop fewer protective antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 than the general population, especially after a single vaccine dose, reports a new study.
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Autoantibodies Contribute to Severe COVID-19 by Impairing Immune Responses

Autoantibodies that target type 1 interferons and impair immune responses could contribute to severe COVID-19, suggests new research.
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Water Parasite Found in Supermarket Pre-Washed Vegetables

The parasite Cryptosporidium was found in over 17% of samples of pre-washed vegetables from supermarkets in South-East England.
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Immune Dysfunction May Be a Novel Target for PCOS Therapy, Study Finds

A new study explores how polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) impacts the immune system, revealing that immune cell populations were affected across reproductive, metabolic and immunological tissues in different ways.
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Why Don’t Some People Get COVID-19?

Using single-cell sequencing technology, researchers provide the most comprehensive timeline to date of how the body responds to SARS-CoV-2 exposure.
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Treatment Shifting Immune Balance Fights Autoimmune Disease

A Kobe University study of how the treatment acts on the immune system shows that it shifts the balance of types of immune cells. This finding may represent a step toward the development of personalized medicine for autoimmune diseases.
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Hepatitis E in Sperm Raises Sexual Transmission Possibility

Discovering that hepatitis E virus is associated with sperm in pigs suggests the virus may be both sexually transmitted and linked to male infertility, according to a new study.
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Sepsis Genes Guide Personalized Treatment

New research uncovers how different people respond to sepsis based on their genetic makeup, which could help identify who would benefit from certain treatments and lead to the development of targeted therapies.
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