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Article ID: 706642

Air Pollution Increases ER Visits for Breathing Problems, but Rate Depends on Age, Pollutant and Lung Disease

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

As levels of ozone and fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) rise, more patients end up in the ER with breathing problems, according to the largest U.S. study of air pollution and respiratory emergency room visits of patients of all ages. The study was published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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17-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST

Article ID: 706516

Fever alters immune cells so they can better reach infections

Cell Press

Fever is known to help power up our immune cells, and scientists in Shanghai have new evidence explaining how. They found in mice that fever alters surface proteins on immune cells like lymphocytes to make them better able to travel via blood vessels to reach the site of infection. Their work appears on January 15 in the journal Immunity.

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15-Jan-2019 12:50 PM EST

Article ID: 706514

JAMA report outlines recommendations for evaluation and management of penicillin allergy

Massachusetts General Hospital

While more than 32 million individuals in the U.S. have a documented penicillin allergy in their medical record, studies have shown that more 95 percent actually can be treated safely with this class of antibiotics, improving treatment outcomes and reducing the risk of infection with dangerous resistant pathogens such as Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). A review article in the January 15 issue of JAMA recommends best practices for evaluation of reported penicillin allergies and provides clinicians with guidance and tools to help determine appropriate procedures based on the severity of previously reported reactions.

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15-Jan-2019 12:40 PM EST
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Article ID: 706512

Engineered T cells promote long-term organ transplant acceptance

University of Basel

Organ transplant rejection is a major problem in transplantation medicine. Suppressing the immune system to prevent organ rejection, however, opens the door to life-threatening infections. Researchers at the University of Basel's Biozentrum have now discovered a molecular approach preventing rejection of the transplanted graft while simultaneously maintaining the ability to fight against infections.

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15-Jan-2019 12:30 PM EST
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    15-Jan-2019 6:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706427

Latino, African American Urban Adolescents Less Likely To Have Undiagnosed Asthma Than Whites

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A study of factors that may be associated with urban adolescents going undiagnosed with asthma has found that Latino and African American urban adolescents, these groups were at lower risk to go undiagnosed compared with Whites.

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14-Jan-2019 1:00 PM EST

Article ID: 705962

Could this widely used food additive cause celiac disease?

Frontiers

Myths about gluten are hard to bust. Intolerance, allergy, sensitivity, hypersensitivity. What is what? Celiac disease is none of these things. It is an autoimmune disorder, where gluten triggers the immune system to attack the gut. It is common, lifelong, and can seriously harm health - but nobody knows for sure what causes it. Now a review in Frontiers in Pediatrics says a common food additive could both cause and trigger these autoimmune attacks, and calls for warnings on food labels pending further tests.

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3-Jan-2019 11:30 AM EST
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Article ID: 705850

My Cold Is Gone, So Why Am I Still Coughing?

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

One of the classic cold symptoms is a cough. Usually after a week or so, the cold runs its course and most of the symptoms go away. But for some people, the cough remains. So why do we cough and what can we do about it? Here are five things you should know about that persistent cough.

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27-Dec-2018 4:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705123

Rush Acts Locally, Leads Nationally

Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center is working to improve population health by focusing the economic impact of how it hires, purchases and invests towards the local communities it serves

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7-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST

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