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Single tick bite can pack double pathogen punch

Single tick bite can pack double pathogen punch

People who get bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time. Continue reading

New method to reduce disease-causing inflammation discovered

New method to reduce disease-causing inflammation discovered

Researchers at the University of Georgia report in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that an enzyme known as Tumor Progression Locus 2, or Tpl2, plays a key role in directing and regulating several important components of the body’s immune system. Their discovery may one day lead to new treatments for many common autoimmune diseases. Continue reading

Summer season springs cluster headaches into action

Summer season springs cluster headaches into action

Did you know that while most people celebrate the start of summer on June 21, nearly 1 million Americans are facing the debilitating pain of cluster headaches due to Earth’s shift towards the sun? It’s true Continue reading

Malaria-carrying mosquitoes wiped out in lab with genetic method that creates male-only offspring

Malaria-carrying mosquitoes wiped out in lab with genetic method that creates male-only offspring

Scientists have modified mosquitoes to produce sperm that will only create males, pioneering a fresh approach to eradicating malaria. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications , scientists from Imperial College London have tested a new genetic method that distorts the sex ratio of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main transmitters of the malaria parasite, so that the female mosquitoes that bite and pass the disease to humans are no longer produced. Continue reading

Can mice mimic human breast cancer? Study says ‘yes’

Can mice mimic human breast cancer? Study says ‘yes’

Scientists have routinely used mice to replicate aspects of human breast cancer in an effort to find a cure to the most common type of cancer among women. Continue reading

No harm in yoga: But not much help for asthma sufferers, study finds

No harm in yoga: But not much help for asthma sufferers, study finds

Yoga has long been promoted as a method for improving physical and mental well-being. Continue reading

No harm in yoga: But not much help for asthma sufferers, study finds

No harm in yoga: But not much help for asthma sufferers, study finds

Yoga has long been promoted as a method for improving physical and mental well-being. And although yoga is often suggested to asthma sufferers to help alleviate symptoms, a new study found little evidence that yoga will improve symptoms Continue reading

Diet, exercise in cancer prevention, treatment: Focus of special journal edition

Diet, exercise in cancer prevention, treatment: Focus of special journal edition

This Special Issue titled “The role of diet, body composition, and physical activity on cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship” comprises both invited reviews and original papers investigating various themes such as the role of omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, cancer cachexia, muscle health, exercise training, adiposity and body composition. The Special Editors were David Ma , Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, College of Biological Science, University of Guelph and Marina Mourtzakis, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo. In the Foreword to the special issue they write, “… Tremendous work has been focused on medical advances in the screening and treatment of cancer to reverse this trend Continue reading

Zinc deficiency before conception disrupts fetal development

Zinc deficiency before conception disrupts fetal development

Female mice deprived of dietary zinc for a relatively short time before conception experienced fertility and pregnancy problems and had smaller, less-developed fetuses than mice that ingested zinc during the same times, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Continue reading

Novel home cleaning method to reduce asthma

Novel home cleaning method to reduce asthma

A team of researchers from the University of South Carolina received two patents for a new method to rid carpets, mattresses and other furniture of harmful allergens and pests that cause asthma. The patents (Methods and Compositions for Eliminating Allergens and Allergen-Producing Organisms) are the work of Michael Matthews, Jian Zhang and Allan Quick and uses carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) to “freeze clean” home fabrics. Continue reading