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March 21, 2019

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March 21, 2019

New Proof That Narcolepsy Is an Autoimmune Disease

Mar. 15, 2019 — Researchers have discovered autoreactive cells in persons suffering from narcolepsy. This is a new, important proof that the sleep disorder is an autoimmune disease. This knowledge may lead to better ... read more

How Immunotherapy May Be Effective for Fighting Tuberculosis

Mar. 14, 2019 — New research suggests that structures released by infected cells in tuberculosis may be used in tandem with antibiotics to boost the body's immune system, helping fight off the ... read more

When Is Best Time to Get Flu Shot? Analysis Compares Scenarios

Mar. 14, 2019 — When flu season peaks after mid-winter, tens of thousands of influenza cases and hundreds of deaths can likely be avoided if older adults wait until October to get their flu ... read more

Expectant Mothers Can Prevent Fetal Brain Problems Caused by the Flu, Study Shows

Mar. 14, 2019 — Choline, an essential B vitamin nutrient, can prevent fetal brain developmental problems that often occur after prenatal maternal infections such as colds and influenza (flu), according to a new ... read more

On-the-Spot Genome Analysis

Mar. 13, 2019 — By fine-tuning how algorithms carve up DNA data, researchers have made it possible to do genomic analysis on a ... read more

Scientists Delineate Pathway That Helps Us Make Antibodies

Mar. 13, 2019 — Our bodies are continuously concocting specific antibodies to thwart invaders like a virus or even pollen, and scientists have new information about how the essential production gets fired up and ... read more

Gene That Keeps PTSD-Like Behavior at Bay in Female Mice

Mar. 12, 2019 — More than 30 years ago, scientists discovered that mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseases are caused by prions. But in recent years, Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, M.D., demonstrated in mice that some ... read more

Discovery Upturns Understanding of How Some Viruses Multiply

Mar. 12, 2019 — Scientists have shown that different segments of a virus genome can exist in distinct cells but work together to cause an ... read more

These Less Common Proteins May Help Fend Off the Flu

Mar. 12, 2019 — Influenza type B, though generally less widespread than type A, poses a formidable threat for vulnerable populations like the elderly and the young. In the 2012-2013 flu season, for example, ... read more

Mar. 12, 2019 — Researchers explain how viruses make a molecular decoy that is used to subvert the CRISPR-Cas bacterial immune ... read more

Protection from Zika Virus May Lie in a Protein Derived from Mosquitoes

Mar. 11, 2019 — By targeting a protein found in the saliva of mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus, investigators reduced Zika infection in mice. The finding demonstrates how researchers might develop a vaccine ... read more

High Rate of Viral Suppression Among People New to HIV Care

Mar. 7, 2019 — Eighty-six percent of individuals who entered HIV care soon after diagnosis maintained viral suppression after 48 weeks during a clinical trial. Participants in the clinical trial, called iENGAGE, ... read more

How Well Do Vaccines Work? Research Reveals Measles Vaccine Efficacy

Mar. 7, 2019 — The recent measles outbreaks across the country emphasize the importance of ... read more

Major Mutation Pattern in Cancer Occurs in Bursts

Mar. 7, 2019 — Researchers have created a huge resource for investigating the biological mechanisms that cause cancer. Scientists identified the patterns of DNA damage -- mutational fingerprints that represent the ... read more

Child's Elevated Mental Ill-Health Risk If Mother Treated for Infection During Pregnancy

Mar. 7, 2019 — Risks for autism and depression are higher if one's mother was in hospital with an infection during pregnancy. This is shown by a major Swedish observational study of nearly 1.8 million ... read more

Getting a Flu Shot While Hospitalized Lowers the Chance of a Heart Attack

Mar. 7, 2019 — There's now another reason to get your yearly flu shot. Not only can it protect you from the body aches, fever and fatigue associated with a bout of influenza, it may even prevent you from ... read more

Hurricane Maria Had a Significant Impact on HIV Care Outcomes

Mar. 7, 2019 — Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico had a significant impact on HIV outcomes among people living with HIV and a history of substance use, particularly increased viral load and decreased CD4 ... read more

Ebola Survivors in Liberia Face Ongoing Health Issues, Study Finds

Mar. 6, 2019 — Survivors of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia had a higher prevalence of certain health issues -- including uveitis (eye redness and pain), abdominal, chest, neurologic, and musculoskeletal ... read more

Mar. 6, 2019 — Scientists have developed a method to boost the efficiency of CRISPR gene editing in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), according to a study that could have implications for optimizing gene therapies ... read more

New Hepatitis C Cases Down by Almost 70 Percent in HIV-Positive Men in London

Mar. 6, 2019 — New cases of hepatitis C amongst HIV-positive men in London have fallen by nearly 70 percent in recent years. The new analysis of data from three clinics in London found 256 men were diagnosed ... read more

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