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A novel therapy for sepsis?

A University of Tokyo research group has discovered that pentatraxin 3 (PTX3), a protein that helps the innate immune system target invaders such as bacteria and viruses, can reduce mortality of mice suffering ...

Sep 16, 2014
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Cellular protein may be key to longevity

Researchers have found that levels of a regulatory protein called ATF4, and the corresponding levels of the molecules whose expression it controls, are elevated in the livers of mice exposed to multiple interventions ...

Sep 15, 2014
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T-bet tackles hepatitis

A single protein may tip the balance between ridding the body of a dangerous virus and enduring life-long chronic infection, according to a report appearing in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.

Sep 15, 2014
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Gut bacteria tire out T cells

Leaky intestines may cripple bacteria-fighting immune cells in patients with a rare hereditary disease, according to a study by researchers in Lausanne, Switzerland. The study, published in The Journal of Experimental Me ...

Sep 15, 2014
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Steroid hormone to fight age-related diseases

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The history of medical studies of male infertility

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Computing power backs medical mega data needs

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