Protecting the microbiome essential to fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Protecting the microbiome may be essential to curbing the spread of harmful, drug-resistant bacteria, suggests a study published today in eLife. Trillions of bacteria inhabit the human body and there is growing evidence that this microbiome is essential to human health. The findings add to this evidence by showing that a healthy microbiome not only plays a crucial role in […]

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Protecting oligodendrocytes may reduce the impact of multiple sclerosis

A small molecule, Sephin1, may be able to significantly delay harm to nerve cells caused by multiple sclerosis, a disabling immune-mediated disease that damages nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. These nerve fibers are wrapped in a sheath of fatty tissue called myelin, which acts as a protective blanket, like insulation around an electrical wire. The myelin sheath […]

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National data resource proves valuable in protecting nation’s health

A new Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the evolution of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Sentinel Initiative since its launch in 2008. Coauthored by the scientists at the lead organization, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and at the FDA and the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, the piece describes the evolution of […]

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