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2012-07-19 00:14:16

In a long-term study of people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), researchers found increased deaths from both liver-related and non-liver related diseases in patients with active infections who had not cleared their infection. The study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and available online, found increased mortality in patients with chronic HCV infection–that is, with detectable levels of HCV genetic material, or RNA, in their blood–suggesting that...

Both Brain And Muscle Require Having The Protein LRP4 For Strong Communication
2012-07-11 20:39:24

Communication between the brain and muscle must be strong for us to eat, breathe or walk. Now scientists have found that a protein known to be on the surface of muscle cells must be present in both tissues to ensure the conversation is robust. Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University have shown that without LRP4 in muscle cells and neurons, communication between the two cells types is inefficient and short-lived. Problems with the protein appear...

2012-07-06 10:14:31

Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have used injections of antibodies to rapidly reverse the onset of Type I diabetes in mice genetically bred to develop the disease. Moreover, just two injections maintained disease remission indefinitely without harming the immune system. The findings, published online ahead of print (June 29, 2012) in the journal Diabetes, suggest for the first time that using a short course of immunotherapy may someday be of value for...

2012-07-04 22:51:55

A study led by Hospital for Special Surgery researchers has demonstrated that women who have a specific type of antibody that interferes with blood vessel function are at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes and that other antibodies in the same family thought to cause pregnancy complications do not put women at risk. The researchers say that many doctors may be unnecessarily treating some pregnant women who have antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) with anticoagulants, such as expensive...

Common Parasite Of Cat Litter May Increase Suicide Risk In Women
2012-07-03 09:11:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What do unwashed vegetables, undercooked meat, and dirty kitty litter all have in common? For one, they are all known to likely harbor a nasty parasite, which in a recent study has been linked as a killer among women who come into contact with the common critter. To be more specific, the parasite -- Toxoplasma gondii -- has been linked with an increased risk of mental health problems and attempted suicide in women who become...

2012-06-28 22:22:36

Researchers probe origin of optimized antibodies against infections An organism's ability to make new antibodies and use them to optimize its own immune defenses is of central importance in the fight against pathogens. In the case of severe infections, the overall relative speed with which an immune response proceeds could mean the difference between life and death. An international team of scientists, among them systems immunologist Prof. Michael Meyer-Hermann of the Helmholtz Centre for...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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