Mid-levels of immune marker at birth may protect against autism

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have investigated the association between certain immune markers in neonates and the risk of later developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They found that mid-levels of a classical marker of inflammation, C-reactive protein, were associated with the lowest risk for ASD—whereas too much or not enough were linked to increased risk. The study is published in the […]

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Researchers find fecal marker could help diagnose early signs of chronic gut conditions

Small molecules found in fecal matter could provide clues to the early inflammation found in chronic gut conditions, such as intestinal bowel disease (IBD), and serve as new biomarkers for diagnosis, according to a study led by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University. The researchers found that fecal miRNA, small nucleic acid sequences, could be used as […]

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Researchers find protein marker for the effectiveness of malaria antibodies

The quantity and quality of antibodies that recognize the end region of the malaria parasite’s CSP protein is a good marker of protection by the RTS,S/AS01E vaccine, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and institutional collaborators. The study, published in Nature Communications, provides valuable information for guiding the design of more effective vaccines. […]

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Girl's attempt at 'faking chickenpox' to miss test backfires after she uses permanent marker

Girl’s attempt at ‘faking chickenpox’ to miss test backfires after she uses permanent marker A 6-year-old’s attempt at faking sick to miss school has left her ‘red-in-the-face’ after the marker she used to cover herself in phony chickenpox turned out to be permanent. A 6-year-old’s attempt at faking sick to miss school has left her “red-in-the-face” after the marker she […]

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