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February 20, 2019

How to Block New Antibiotic Resistance Gene

Feb. 19, 2019 — A new antimicrobial-resistance gene, VCC-1, a beta-lactamase gene, has been discovered in benign close relatives of virulent Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. Now, a team of Canadian researchers ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — Glowing urine may replace the biopsy needle: In detecting organ transplant rejection, a new nanoparticle has proven much faster and more thorough in the lab than a biopsy. When T cells mount their ... read more

American Women Have Better Control of High Blood Pressure but Are More Obese Than Men

Feb. 19, 2019 — A study of more than 30,000 Americans since 2001 has revealed significant differences in management of heart disease risk between women and ... read more

T-Cell Receptor Diversity May Be Key to Treatment of Follicular Lymphoma, Study Finds

Feb. 19, 2019 — Healthy T-cells play a crucial role in how the body fights follicular lymphoma, according to a new study. T-cells are a key part of the immune system and protect the body by fighting infections and ... read more

Cervical Microbiome May Promote High-Grade Precancerous Lesions

Feb. 19, 2019 — Infections with a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) cause 99 percent of cervical cancer cases, and the disease's first sign is often the appearance of precancerous lesions on a woman's cervix. But ... read more

Prenatal Forest Fire Exposure Stunts Children's Growth

Feb. 19, 2019 — Forest fires are more harmful than previously imagined, causing stunted growth in children who were exposed to smoke while in the womb, according to new ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — Researchers have developed a new way to deliver treatment for cartilage ... read more

Using Crystals to Unpick How Viruses Work

Feb. 19, 2019 — Researchers have used X-ray crystallography and computer simulation to get a closer look at how viruses bind cells and cause ... read more

New Model Mimics Persistent Interneuron Loss Seen in Prematurity

Feb. 19, 2019 — Research-clinicians created a novel preclinical model that mimics the persistent interneuron loss seen in preterm human infants, identifying interneuron subtypes that could become future therapeutic ... read more

Feb. 19, 2019 — The influenza vaccine may be less effective in the elderly because their B cells are less capable of producing antibodies that can adapt to protect against new viral strains, researchers report. With ... read more

No Evidence Tougher Policies Deter Adolescent Cannabis Use

Feb. 19, 2019 — A new study has found no evidence that teenage cannabis use is lower in countries with tougher ... read more

Birch Pollen Allergen Immunotherapy Normalizes Nasal Gene-Expression and Microbial Community

Feb. 19, 2019 — According to a new study, birch pollen allergen immunotherapy modifies the gene expression and microbiome profile of the nasal epithelium to correspond to those of healthy ... read more

Adolescent Female Blood Donors at Risk for Iron Deficiency and Associated Anemia

Feb. 19, 2019 — Female adolescent blood donors are more likely to have low iron stores and iron deficiency anemia than adult female blood donors and nondonors, which could have significant negative consequences on ... read more

Helping Patients Breathe During Dangerous Procedure Prevents Complications

Feb. 18, 2019 — A new study is showing that using bag-mask ventilation, squeezing air from a bag into the mouth for 60 seconds to help patients' breathing, improves outcomes and could potentially save ... read more

Very Early Marker of Cardiac Damage Triggered by Cancer Treatment

Feb. 18, 2019 — Researchers have identified a very early marker of cardiac damage in patients undergoing therapy with anthracyclines, a family of drugs commonly used to treat cancer. This finding will enable the ... read more

Tuberculosis: Commandeering a Bacterial 'Suicide' Mechanism

Feb. 18, 2019 — The bacteria responsible for tuberculosis can be killed by a toxin they produce unless it is neutralized by an antidote protein. The scientists are now seeking to appropriate this 'suicide' ... read more

DMD: Single CRISPR Treatment Provides Long-Term Benefits in Mice

Feb. 18, 2019 — Researchers have shown that a single systemic treatment using CRISPR genome editing technology can safely and stably correct a genetic disease -- Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) -- for more than a ... read more

Feb. 18, 2019 — From fathers to children, the delivery of hereditary information requires the careful packing of DNA in sperm. But just how nature packages this DNA to prepare offspring isn't clear. Using new ... read more

Researchers Find Trigger That Turns Strep Infections Into Flesh-Eating Disease

Feb. 18, 2019 — Scientists discovered a previously unknown trigger that turns run-of-the-mill strep infections into the flesh-eating disease childbed fever, which strikes postpartum moms and newborns, often leaving ... read more

Depression Reversed in Male Mice by Activating Gene That Helps Excite Neurons

Feb. 18, 2019 — Directly activating a gene important to exciting our excitatory neurons and associated with major depression may help turn around classic symptoms like social isolation and loss of interest, at least ... read more

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