Shiga toxin’s not supposed to kill you

E. coli food poisoning is one of the worst food poisonings, causing bloody diarrhea and kidney damage. But all the carnage might be just an unintended side effect, researchers from UConn Health report in the 27 November issue of Science Immunology. Their findings might lead to more effective treatments for this potentially deadly disease. Escherichia…

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The Lustgarten Foundation and the AACR establish two new career development awards

The Lustgarten Foundation and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have established two new career development awards for early-career female and underrepresented pancreatic cancer researchers, representing a generous commitment of the Lustgarten Foundation of up to $1.8 million. The awards will honor the extraordinary lives and legacies of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth…

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New strategy to fight botulinum toxin — expert available

Related to new research published in the January issue of Science Translational Medicine, Patrick McNutt, PhD, of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, was part of the research team that demonstrated a new «Trojan horse» approach that produces strong antidotal efficacy in treating lethal botulism in mice, guinea pigs and rhesus macaque monkeys. Furthermore,…

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MD Anderson and Xencor enter strategic collaboration to develop novel T cell-engaging bispecific antibodies for potential treatment of patients with cancer

HOUSTON and MONROVIA, Calif. ? The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Xencor, Inc. today announced a strategic research collaboration and commercialization agreement to develop novel CD3 bispecific antibody therapeutics for the potential treatment of patients with cancer. This collaboration joins Xencor’s innovative XmAb® technology and protein engineering expertise to create bispecific antibodies…

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock and West Health bring geriatric telemedicine to rural New England

Lebanon, NH — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system serving nearly 2 million patients across northern New England, and West Health, a family of nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations working to lower health care costs to enable successful aging, are bringing accredited geriatric emergency care and, for the first time, providing older adults…

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Global experts urge everyone to talk about COVID-19 vaccines responsibly

A team of renowned scientific experts has joined forces from across the world to help fight the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, which hold the key to beating the deadly pandemic and releasing countries from debilitating lockdown restrictions. Together they have created a unique online guide, published today and led by the University…

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Does a mother’s pre-pregnancy weight affect her children’s future fertility?

A recent study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica found that sons born to mothers who fell within the overweight range were more likely to be diagnosed with infertility during adulthood than sons of mothers with normal-range weight. No association between maternal weight and infertility was seen in daughters. In the Danish study of…

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Skin-to skin contact with fathers may help newborns after caesarean delivery

Separating infants and their mothers after a Caesarean section delivery is common. A new study published in Acta Paediatrica has found that providing skin-to-skin contact with the father may provide benefits to a newborn. In the study, 95 newborns were randomized to cot, father’s arms, or skin-to-skin contact with the father after Caesarean section delivery.…

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Study reports patient-reported loss of smell in 86% of mild COVID-19 cases

A reduced sense of smell, or olfactory dysfunction, is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. A recent study published the Journal of Internal Medicine has examined it prevalence and recovery in patients with varying degrees of severity of COVID-19. In the study of 2,581 patients from 18 European hospitals, the patient-reported prevalence of…

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