Researchers discover how sleep can fight infection

Researchers in Germany have discovered why sleep can sometimes be the best medicine. Sleep improves the potential ability of some of the body’s immune cells to attach to their targets, according to a new study that will be published February 12 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The study, led by Stoyan Dimitrov and Luciana Besedovsky at the University of […]

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Doctors and molecular engineers working to enlist the immune system to fight cancer

When telling the story of immunotherapy and cancer and how the two battle it out, it’s awfully challenging not to pull out the old A Tale of Two Cities cliché. Because everyone agrees: It is the best of times in cancer research and treatment. Over the past five years, the standard of care for treatment of many cancers has made […]

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South Florida girl in need of rare blood to fight cancer

A worldwide search is on to find blood donors with a rare genetic variation to help save a 2-year-old South Florida girl battling cancer. Zainab Mughal has neuroblastoma and needs life-saving transfusions. But finding compatible donors is immensely challenging, because she’s missing a common antigen most people carry in their blood, called “Indian B.” Florida-based OneBlood says the donors must […]

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Low-dose aspirin may help fight MS, mouse study hints

Although the findings are so far only in mice, studies suggest that aspirin—even the “low-dose” variety—might help counter multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder where aberrant immune system T-cells attack and destroy the protective myelin protein sheath that coats nerves. This causes gradual debilitation for the more than 2.3 million people worldwide affected by the disease. “Prior […]

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Could Chinese takeaways help fight dementia?

Could Chinese takeaways help in the fight against dementia? Controversial additive MSG improves the memory of patients, claim scientists It’s a popular treat on a Friday night for many after a tough week at work  But a Chinese takeaway could actually have a medical benefit, experts say  Japanese researchers conducted tests on 200 patients battling dementia  Participants were split into […]

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