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Past Exposures Shape Immune Response in Pediatric Acute Respiratory Infections

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By analyzing immune cells of children who came to the emergency department with flu symptoms, researchers found that the suite of genes these early-response cells expressed was shaped by factors such as age and previous exposures to viruses. Better understanding how early infections influence long-term immune response has implications for the diagnosis and treatment of young patients who suffer from acute respiratory tract infections.

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Malaria, Infectious Disease, Genetics, Pharmacology, Whole Genome Analysis, Chemogenetics

Researchers Map Druggable Genomic Targets in Evolving Malaria Parasite

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Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues across the country and around the world, have used whole genome analyses and chemogenetics to identify new drug targets and resistance genes in 262 parasite cell lines of Plasmodium falciparum — protozoan pathogens that cause malaria — that are resistant to 37 diverse antimalarial compounds.

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Cells, Immunology, T-Cell, Tubercolosis, Canada, University of Mon, McGill University , Vaccines, Infectious Desease, BCG, Stem Cells, Bone Marrow Cell Therapy, Immune Response, Innate Immune Response, Macrophages

Re-Programming Innate Immune Cells to Fight Tuberculosis

Canadian researchers’ innovative work promises to make vaccines more effective against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases like the flu.

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TSRI Scientists Discover Workings of First Promising Marburg Virus Treatment

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered the workings of the first promising treatment for Marburg virus, a pathogen with the same pandemic potential as Ebola virus.

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Foodborne disease, Social Media, NYC Department of Health , Food Poisoning, Computer Science, Columbia Engineering

NYC Health Department IDs 10 Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness Using Yelp Reviews Since 2012

The NYC Health Department announced that since 2012, 10 outbreaks of foodborne illness were identified through a computer system jointly created with Columbia University’s Department of Computer Science. Launched in 2012, the computer system tracks foodborne illnesses based on certain keywords that appear in Yelp restaurant reviews. This strategy has helped Health Department staff identify approximately 1,500 complaints of foodborne illness in New York City each year, for a total of 8,523 since July 2012.

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Joint, Joint Care, Joint Pain, joint pain management , Joint Replacement, Infection, Antibiotic, Microspheres, hip, Hip Ache, hip arthritis, Hip Pain, Hip Replacement, Hip Replacement Surgery, knee, Knee Ache, Knee Arthritis, Knee Pain, Knee Replacement, Knee Replacement Surgery, Joint Replacement Surgery

Tiny Antibiotic Beads Fight Infections After Joint Replacement

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More than 1 million people undergo total joint replacements each year, and nearly 10,000 will develop infections. To reduce this infection risk, a Houston Methodist orthopedic surgeon created small antibiotic beads that are implanted with the new joint to slowly release medicine for several weeks.

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Tulane Disease-Fighting Effort Named a “Best Bet” for Donor Support

A Tulane University proposal to establish a comprehensive system of infectious disease response, from early detection to the development of new treatments, has been named a “Best Bet” by one of the nation’s leading philanthropic research centers.

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Bad Air Quality Along Utah’s Wasatch Front Causes More Than 200 Cases of Pneumonia Each Year

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Air pollution erodes the health of adults over age 65, a population particularly vulnerable to the effects of pneumonia.

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Illnesses Caused by Recreation on the Water Costs $2.9 Billion Annually in the US

Swimming, paddling, boating and fishing account for more than 90 million cases of gastrointestinal, respiratory, ear, eye and skin-related illnesses per year in the U.S. with an estimated annual cost of $2.9 billion, according to a new report by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.This is the first time the cost associated with waterborne illnesses contracted during recreational activities in the U.

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Doctor Offers Tips on Warding Off a Cold

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There a few common sense, if perhaps overlooked, steps one can take to reduce one’s risk for catching a cold.







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