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Estrogen fights urinary infection in mouse study

Estrogen fights urinary infection in mouse study

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Viral reactivation a likely link between stress and heart disease

Viral reactivation a likely link between stress and heart disease

Jan. 22, 2013 — A new study could provide the link that scientists have been looking for to confirm that reactivation of a latent herpes virus is a cause of some heart problems. Looking at blood samples from 299 heart patients, researchers at Ohio State University found that those who had suffered a heart attack were the most likely to have inflammatory proteins circulating in their blood compared to patients with less acute symptoms Continue reading

Scientists find protein that reins in runaway network

Scientists find protein that reins in runaway network

Jan. 20, 2013 — Marked for death with molecular tags that act like a homing signal for a cell’s protein-destroying machinery, a pivotal enzyme is rescued by another molecule that sweeps the telltale targets off in the nick of time. The enzyme, called TRAF3, lives on to control a molecular network that’s implicated in a variety of immune system-related diseases if left to its own devices. Continue reading

Molecular switch enabling immune cells to better fight disease

Molecular switch enabling immune cells to better fight disease

Jan. 20, 2013 — A research team led by the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology has discovered the mechanism that enables CD4 helper T cells to assume the more aggressive role of killer T cells in mounting an immune attack against viruses, cancerous tumors and other damaged or infected cells Continue reading

Mature T cells can switch function to better tackle infection

Mature T cells can switch function to better tackle infection

Jan. 20, 2013 — Helper cells of the immune system can switch to become killer cells in the gut Continue reading

Weight loss helps to oust worms

Weight loss helps to oust worms

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Weight loss helps to oust worms

Weight loss helps to oust worms

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Weight loss helps to oust worms

Weight loss helps to oust worms

Jan. 17, 2013 — Scientists from The University of Manchester have discovered that weight loss plays an important role in the body’s response to fighting off intestinal worms. The findings have been published in the journal PLOS Pathogens and show that the immune system hijacks the natural feeding pathways causing weight loss Continue reading

Designer bacteria may lead to better vaccines

Designer bacteria may lead to better vaccines

Jan. 15, 2013 — Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a menu of 61 new strains of genetically engineered bacteria that may improve the efficacy of vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera and HPV. The strains of E. Continue reading

Designer bacteria may lead to better vaccines

Designer bacteria may lead to better vaccines

Jan. 15, 2013 — Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a menu of 61 new strains of genetically engineered bacteria that may improve the efficacy of vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera and HPV Continue reading