Landmark study points to source of rapid aging, chronic inflammation in people living with HIV

In a groundbreaking study of people living with HIV, University of Alberta researchers found that elusive white blood cells called neutrophils play a role in impaired T cell functions and counts, as well as the associated chronic inflammation that is common with the virus. Neutrophils are a foundational part of the body’s immune system and the most abundant type of […]

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Bone-loss discovery points to potential treatment for osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis

A new discovery about osteoporosis suggests a potential treatment target for that brittle-bone disease and for bone loss from rheumatoid arthritis. The findings from University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers and their collaborators help explain why specialized bone cells, called “osteoclasts,” begin to break down more bone than the body replaces. With more research, scientists one day may be […]

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Germany’s Merkel points to variant risk as infections drop

Germany is seeing a promising decline in new coronavirus infections, but must take “very seriously” the risk posed by a more contagious variant and will have to be cautious whenever it starts easing its lockdown, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday. Merkel and Germany’s 16 state governors on Tuesday decided to extend the country’s lockdown by two weeks until Feb. 14 […]

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Finding the weak points of cancer cells

The key to effective cures for cancers is to find weak points of cancer cells that are not found in non-cancer cells. Researchers at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science found that cancerous and non-cancerous cells depend on different factors for survival when their DNA replication is blocked. Drugs that inhibited the survival factor required by cancer cells would […]

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