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2011-09-08 09:44:51

United Nations meeting Sept. 19-20 will rally nations in collective global action for research, prevention and treatment Valuable lessons from the global commitment to fight HIV/AIDS over the past three decades should inspire a new worldwide effort to confront the epidemic of non-communicable diseases, say Emory public health leaders. A UN summit will offer a rare opportunity to generate momentum and resources for global solutions against these diseases. In a perspective article in this...

2011-08-19 02:12:04

After recovering from the flu or another acute infection, your immune system is ready to react quickly if you run into the same virus again. White blood cells called memory T cells develop during the infection and help the immune system remember the virus and attack it if it comes back. But chronic infections such as those caused by viruses like HIV and hepatitis C are different. If the immune system can't clear the infection out of the body fast enough, the memory T cells that initially...

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2011-08-10 06:50:00

By Carol Clark, Emory University Paleontologists have discovered a group of more than 20 polar dinosaur tracks on the coast of Victoria, Australia, offering a rare glimpse into animal behavior during the last period of pronounced global warming, about 105 million years ago. The discovery, reported in the journal Alcheringa, is the largest and best collection of polar dinosaur tracks ever found in the Southern Hemisphere. "These tracks provide us with a direct indicator of how these dinosaurs...

2011-08-01 15:37:33

An Emory University study published online today in Pediatrics suggests consuming Omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy helps protects babies against illness during early infancy. The randomized, placebo-controlled trial followed approximately 1,100 pregnant women and 900 infants in Mexico. The women were supplemented daily with 400 mg of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) supplements in the algal form or placebo from 18 to 22 weeks gestation through childbirth. Researchers found those whose mothers...

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2011-07-29 14:20:13

A new report has found that Americans downed about a quarter less added sugar in 2008 than they did nine years earlier. The drop is due to a decrease in the amount of sugar-sweetened soda that people drank. "We were surprised to see that there was a substantial reduction over the years," Dr. Jean Welsh, a researcher at Emory University in Atlanta and the lead author of the report, said in a press release. She said a push by the government and private organizations to alert consumers to the...

2011-07-28 12:49:08

In humans, inherited mutations in a gene called HPRT1 lead to very specific self-destructive behavior. Boys with Lesch-Nyhan disease experience uncontrollable urges to bite their fingers, slam their arms into doorways and otherwise harm themselves. Puzzlingly, mice with mutations in the same gene don't behave differently than normal mice. Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have identified a gene related to HPRT1, present in humans but not in mice that helps explain this...

2011-07-12 16:11:00

WILMINGTON, Del., July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christiana Care Health System's Dr. William S. Weintraub, the John H. Ammon Chair of Cardiology and Director of Christiana Care Center for Outcomes Research, is now serving as president-elect of the American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate board of directors. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110712/DC34146) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090407/DC95299LOGO) Dr. Weintraub is an internationally...

2011-07-11 20:11:58

Researchers at the Emory Vaccine Center have developed a method for predicting whether someone will produce high levels of antibodies against a flu shot a few days after vaccination. After scanning the extent to which carefully selected genes are turned on in white blood cells, the researchers can predict on day three, with up to 90 percent accuracy, who will make high levels of antibodies against a standard flu shot four weeks later. The results were published online July 10 in the journal...

2011-07-05 13:57:05

Clumsy fruit flies with poor posture are helping an international team of scientists understand inherited intellectual disability in humans "“ and vice versa. The flies can't hold their wings tightly against their bodies, and have trouble with flying and climbing behaviors, because they have mutations in a gene called dNab2. In humans, mutations in the same gene (with a clunkier name, ZC3H14) have been found to cause intellectual disability (ID) in studies of some Iranian families. ID...

2011-06-27 21:10:07

Sooty mangabeys, a type of African monkey, have intrigued scientists for years because they can survive infection by SIV, a relative of HIV, and not succumb to AIDS. Researchers have identified a way some of sooty mangabeys' immune cells resist infection: they close the gates that SIV and HIV use to get into the cell. The findings may lead to strategies to help HIV-infected individuals cope better with infection. The results are published online in the journal Nature Medicine. "We have shown...


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2011-04-18 23:26:47

Sonny Carter was a physician, professional soccer player, naval officer, and NASA astronaut. He was born Manley Lanier Carter, Jr. on August 15, 1947 in Macon, Georgia. He graduated from Lanier High School in 1965 and then went to on study at Emory University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry in 1969. While at Emory, Carter played collegiate soccer and ran track. He was team captain and most valuable player of the soccer team during his senior season. In 1970, Carter...

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