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Article ID: 698938

Bacteria-Fighting Polymers Created with Light

University of Warwick

Hundreds of polymers - which could kill drug-resistant superbugs in novel ways - can be produced and tested using light, using a method developed at the University of Warwick.

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Article ID: 698831

Research May Help Rescue Antibiotics’ Effectiveness in the Face of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Bacteria—especially Gram-negative strains—are becoming increasingly resistant to current antibiotic drugs, and the development of new classes of antibiotics has slowed. Faced with these challenges, investigators are studying the potential of combination therapy, in which two or more drugs are used together to increase or restore the efficacy of both drugs against a resistant bacterial pathogen. Now new research indicates that such synergy may work even when bacteria become resistant to colistin, which is considered a treatment agent of last resort.

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Article ID: 698807

Research on homemade mosquito repellants finds interesting alternatives

New Mexico State University (NMSU)

What do burning coffee, eating bananas and drinking gin and tonic have in common? They are among the unconventional mosquito repellents people say they use.

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Article ID: 698611

Cancer Cells Send Out “Drones” to Battle Immune System from Afar

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Checkpoint inhibitor therapies have made metastatic melanoma and other cancers a survivable condition for 20 to 30 percent of treated patients, but clinicians have had very limited ways of knowing which patients will respond. Researchers have uncovered a novel mechanism by which tumors suppress the immune system. Their findings also usher in the possibility that a straightforward blood test could predict and monitor cancer patients’ response to immunotherapy.

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Article ID: 698538

Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILCs) form an essential line of defense against enteric bacteria

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Mice deficient in innate lymphoid cells are vulnerable to lethal infection by the bacterial pathogen Yersinia enterocolitica (YE), which causes some forms of food poisoning. Moreover, activation by a cytokine called LIGHT, which is a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily, is necessary for ILCs to mount an anti-bacterial response.

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Article ID: 698671

New Research Pinpoints Pathways Ebola Virus Uses to Enter Cells

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

A new study at Texas Biomedical Research Institute is shedding light on the role of specific proteins that trigger a mechanism allowing Ebola virus to enter cells to establish replication.

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8-Aug-2018 10:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698672

Wistar Receives Support of More Than $5.5M from Private Foundations and Funding Agencies

Wistar Institute

Wistar received more than $5.5 million in grants and awards from local foundations, and national and international funding agencies to support research, education and training at the Institute.

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Article ID: 698636

UPMC Presbyterian Named Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence

Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital has been designated an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).

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7-Aug-2018 10:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698229

New Method Helps Determine Effectiveness of Interventions in Reducing Spread of HIV

New York University

Using genetic sequencing to understand the evolutionary relationships among pathogens, an international team of researchers—including several from the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at New York University—has developed a new method to determine how effective interventions are against the spread of infectious diseases like HIV.

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