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Infectious Diseases – News and Features

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Fathers' Influence on Newborn Gut Microbiota

A recent study indicates that fathers play a role in shaping the microbial composition of a newborn’s gut. The paper also investigated the use of maternal fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in aiding colonization in babies.
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Enhancing CAR-T Cell Therapies With Biodegradable Scaffolds

T-cell stimulating biomaterial that slowly biodegrades under the skin stimulates CAR-T cells in the body to improve therapeutic efficacy in an aggressive mouse tumor model.
Drugs of different colors, shapes and sizes in half-filled blister packs.
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Blood Clot-Targeting Drug Candidates Developed Through Computer-Aided Design

A team of researchers has created a new series of drug candidates against a hard-to-target receptor involved in the formation of blood clots.
A Klebseilla bacterium interacting with another cell.
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Bacteria in the Human Microbiome Help Counter Salmonella Infections

Researchers have identified two mechanisms by which Klebsiella bacteria can combat the spread of Salmonella in the gut.
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Distinct Bacterial Communities Identified in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

Chronic lung diseases are often accelerated and exacerbated by polymicrobial infections. An international study team led by MedUni Vienna has identified two types of these so-called dysbioses in cystic fibrosis.
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Unraveling the Origins of a Genetic Variant Linked to Fungal Infections

A recent discovery by Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) researchers suggests that a specific variant of CARD9 prevalent across northern China, Korea, and Japan may have originated from a common ancestor.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11.
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How Is the Immune System Affected by Space Travel?

Two Buck scientists led a team that has revealed for the first time how the lack of gravity affects the cells of the immune system at single cell resolution.
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Eczema Drug May Provide Relief for Other Itchy Skin Diseases

A drug approved to treat eczema provided significant improvement in the symptoms of patients with severe itching diseases that currently have no targeted treatments, according to a new study published in JAMA Dermatology.
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Symptoms Following a COVID-19 Vaccination Indicate a Supercharged Immune Response

A new study, led by UC San Francisco, has found that COVID vaccine side effects symptoms indicate a robust immune response that is likely to lessen the chances of infection.
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Placental Immune Cells Reveal the Health of Fetal Brain Cells

The health of fetal macrophages in the placenta can act as an indicator of the health of fetal brain cells, reveals a new study.
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