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Ending the perfect storm: Protein key to beating flu pandemics

Ending the perfect storm: Protein key to beating flu pandemics

A protein called SOCS4 has been shown to act as a handbrake on the immune system’s runaway reaction to flu infection, providing a possible means of minimising the impact of flu pandemics. Scientists from Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have found that without SOCS4 the immune response to influenza infection is slowed and there is a vast increase in the number of damaging inflammatory molecules in the lungs. This flood of inflammatory molecules, known as a ‘cytokine storm’, is thought to contribute to flu-related deaths in humans Continue reading

Ending the perfect storm: Protein key to beating flu pandemics

Ending the perfect storm: Protein key to beating flu pandemics

A protein called SOCS4 has been shown to act as a handbrake on the immune system’s runaway reaction to flu infection, providing a possible means of minimising the impact of flu pandemics. Scientists from Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have found that without SOCS4 the immune response to influenza infection is slowed and there is a vast increase in the number of damaging inflammatory molecules in the lungs. This flood of inflammatory molecules, known as a ‘cytokine storm’, is thought to contribute to flu-related deaths in humans. Continue reading

Declines in large wildlife lead to increases in disease risk

Declines in large wildlife lead to increases in disease risk

In the Middle Ages, fleas carried by rats were responsible for spreading the Black Plague. Continue reading

Drug successfully halts fibrosis in animal model of liver disease

Drug successfully halts fibrosis in animal model of liver disease

ScienceDaily (Aug. Continue reading

Seeking solace: Celebrity deaths often have pronounced effects on their audiences

Seeking solace: Celebrity deaths often have pronounced effects on their audiences

ScienceDaily (June 28, 2012) — When singer Whitney Houston died in February, expressions of grief and solidarity surfaced quickly. Continue reading

Is arm length the reason women need reading glasses sooner than men?

Is arm length the reason women need reading glasses sooner than men?

ScienceDaily (June 23, 2012) — Studies have consistently reported that women require reading glasses or bifocal lenses earlier than men. According to a recent Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science paper, the gender difference is caused by factors other than focusing ability, such as arm length or preferred reading distance, which should be considered when prescribing readers or bifocals Continue reading

That which does not kill yeast makes it stronger

That which does not kill yeast makes it stronger

ScienceDaily (Jan. 29, 2012) — Cells trying to keep pace with constantly changing environmental conditions need to strike a fine balance between maintaining their genomic integrity and allowing enough genetic flexibility to adapt to inhospitable conditions. In their latest study, researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research were able to show that under stressful conditions yeast genomes become unstable, readily acquiring or losing whole chromosomes to enable rapid adaption Continue reading

Weight Loss Surgery in Illinois

Weight Loss Surgery in Illinois

Obesity is a health crisis in Illinois. Across our state, the number of overweight and obese individuals is rapidly increasing. In fact, more than 61% of the population of Illinois is overweight or obese. Not

Weight Loss Surgery in Nebraska

Weight Loss Surgery in Nebraska

Obesity â?? the condition of weighing more than is deemed medically healthy â?? is a health crisis in Nebraska. In fact, 63% of adults in Nebraska — seven out of every ten Nebraskan men and… Continue reading

At Last! 3 Ways to Sweeten Food Safely Without Sabotaging Healthy Weight Loss Efforts

At Last! 3 Ways to Sweeten Food Safely Without Sabotaging Healthy Weight Loss Efforts

Anyone losing weight should be encouraged to base snacks and meals from whole food, which refers to food that has not been processed or manipulated with preservatives and chemicals. The food on your plate should… Continue reading