New insight into immune cell behavior offers opportunities for cancer treatment

An international group of scientists has discovered that certain cells of our immune system—the so-called T cells—communicate with each other and work together as a team. To fight an infection they stimulate each other’s growth, but at the same time, they inhibit each other when there is a surplus of T cells. That insight offers new opportunities for the treatment […]

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'Terminal cancer diagnosis made me feel nothing but gratitude for life I've had'

Doreen was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer four years ago – there is no cure. The cancer had already spread to Doreen’s brain by the time it was detected, but the 70-year-old has taken the diagnosis in her stride, literally. A passionate long-distance walker, Doreen feels grateful that she is still able to keep active and says that walking […]

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Expert heart advice for rare genetic muscle disorder

A rare, inherited muscle disorder that occurs in about 1 in 8,000 people, myotonic dystrophy also can affect the heart and other organs. A new set of expert recommendations offers guidance for managing the progressive condition. “Your average cardiologist doesn’t see this all the time, so it can often get overlooked,” said lead author, Dr. Elizabeth McNally. “We want to […]

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Best urban design for reducing road injuries

City design combining more public transport and rail networks with smaller, low speed blocks are the best to reduce road transport injuries, according to a new global study co-authored by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published in The Lancet Planetary Health. The research identified the best and worst performing city designs with respect […]

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Make Room on Your Shelves for These Children's Book Award Winners

Now this is the kind of awards season news parents can really use: On Monday, the American Library Association announced some of the top prizes in literature for kids and young adults, including the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Coretta Scott King awards. Considering how overwhelming it can be to help kids choose quality reading material these days, this is an […]

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