Novel approach could lead to treatment of devastating brain tumors — ScienceDaily

Findings from a seven-year research project suggests that there could be a new approach to treating one of the most common and devasting forms of brain cancer in adults — Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). In a peer-reviewed study published by BMC Cancer, scientists from the University of Surrey show that a short chain of amino acids … Read more

Study shows the importance of early detection of coronary heart disease among COPD patients

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often have other comorbid disorders, a new study from University of Bergen, Norway shows. Previous registry studies have given reason to suspect COPD patients more often have coronary disease than what can be expected from smoking habits, gender, and age. However, there has been a lack of studies … Read more

Third BNT162b2 dose elicits more durable immune response than second dose

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, researchers evaluated the durability of immune responses post-third dose of the BNT162b2 vaccine. Study: Durability of the immune response to a third BNT162b2 dose; five months follow-up. Image Credit: Telnov Oleksii/Shutterstock The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has negatively affected human lives and remains an … Read more

AB.4 and BA.5 Variants, Pandemic Fatigue, and Waning Immunity: A Toxic Mix 

Few individuals in the United States are currently wearing masks, and many are continuing to engage in risky behavior. This may well be a toxic mix, and healthcare facilities and infection preventionists need to prepare for another possible surge in cases. In the beginning of the Omicron surge, the COVID-19 deniers were stating that no … Read more

Avian flu detected in Spokane County backyard flock, Washington Agriculture Department reports | Northwest

A dead bird from a backyard, noncommercial flock in Spokane County has tested positive for a new, highly contagious strain of avian flu, the Washington Department of Agriculture reported Saturday. The dead goose displayed symptoms of the H5N1 virus prior to its death, and a private veterinarian submitted the bird for testing. It’s the second … Read more

Mosquitoes Genetically Modified to Stop Disease Pass Early Test

May 9, 2022 — Genetically modified mosquitoes released in the US appear to have passed an early test that suggests they might one day help reduce the population of insects that transmit infectious diseases. As part of the test, scientists released nearly 5 million genetically engineered male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes over the course of 7 … Read more

Probiotic Improves Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Background A randomized study in France demonstrated that a 30-day treatment with the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum 35624 resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms for approximately two thirds of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This improvement was also seen in patients who had the most severe symptoms at baseline. In addition, patients reported that … Read more

T cell behavior determines immunotherapy success

Immunotherapy unleashes the power of the immune system to fight cancer, but for some patients, immunotherapy doesn’t work. New research from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators may help explain why. When immune cells called T lymphocytes infiltrate malignant tumors, the genetic program of those T cells, and the developmental path they then follow, may affect their … Read more