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New blood test shows promise to revolutionize diagnosis of tick-borne diseases

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:46:59 -0500

A new blood test called the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip) promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of tick-borne disease by offering a single test to identify and distinguish between Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease, and seven other tick-borne pathogens.



Psoriasis drug also effective at reducing aortic inflammation

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:44:01 -0500

Ustekinumab, sold under the name Stelara, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and Crohn's Disease. Researchers wanted to know if the benefits of the drug go beyond clearing the skin.



Study reveals parents' views toward children’s tanning bed use

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:39:44 -0500

While everyone who climbs into an indoor tanning bed faces an increased risk of skin cancer, this risk is especially pronounced for young people: Using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase one's risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 59 percent, and this risk increases with each use.



Shot may help reduce risk of shingles

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:33:56 -0500

Anyone who has had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine is at risk for the painful skin condition herpes zoster, more commonly known as shingles. Both diseases are caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which stays in the body after chickenpox clears and may reactivate later in life.



FDA approves first treatment to reduce risk of NSCLC progression

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:28:37 -0500

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Imfinzi (durvalumab) for the treatment of patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors are not able to be surgically removed (unresectable) and whose cancer has not progressed after treatment with chemotherapy and radiation (chemoradiation).



Deletion of specific enzyme leads to improvement in memory and cognitive functions

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:51:54 -0500

A new study in mice has made a possible breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research. The team of researchers at the Cleveland Clinic has noted that deleting a single enzyme can reverse the deposition of harmful plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This could improve cognitive functions as demonstrated in lab mice. The study appeared this week in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Medicine.



Resolving Interfacial Protein Dynamics by STReM

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:18:00 -0500

STReM stands for Super Time-Resolved Microscopy, and as STORM, PALM, and other methods are designed to improve spatial resolution of optical microscopy, we desire to improve the time resolution. STReM makes use of point spread function engineering to encode fast events into each camera frame.



Study provides new insights on why healthy children die from flu

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:16:24 -0500

With this year's severe flu season, one statistic is especially chilling. Each year, around 50 percent of all children under 5 years old who die from the flu were previously healthy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



Nature paper unveils bacterial division

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:13:03 -0500

The process that allows bacteria to divide is crucial for their survival and a good target for the development of new antibiotics.



Self-sampling followed by HPV testing can benefit women at risk of cervical cancer

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:11:04 -0500

Using self-sampling followed by HPV testing, more than twice as many women at risk of developing cervical cancer could be identified and offered preventive treatment.