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Immunology

Eczema drug effective against severe asthma

Two new studies of patients with difficult-to-control asthma show that the eczema drug dupilumab alleviates asthma symptoms and improves patients' ability to breathe better than standard therapies. Dupilumab, an injectable ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Blood type affects severity of diarrhea caused by E. coli

A new study shows that a kind of E. coli most associated with "travelers' diarrhea" and children in underdeveloped areas of the world causes more severe disease in people with blood type A.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Why chikungunya, other arthritis-causing viruses target joints

Chikungunya virus is a growing threat to the United States and other regions of the world as the mosquito that carries the virus expands its reach. Telltale symptoms of chikungunya infection are fever and joint pain that ...

Neuroscience

How a light touch can spur severe itching

For some people, particularly those who are elderly, even a light touch of the skin or contact with clothing can lead to unbearable itching. What's worse, anti-itch treatments, including hydrocortisone, don't provide much ...

Immunology

Psoriasis treated with compound derived from immune cells

A compound derived from immune cells treats psoriasis in mice and holds promise for other autoimmune diseases, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Medical research

New clues point to relief for chronic itching

A common side effect of opioids is intense itching—a problem for some patients who need the drugs for pain relief and for others fighting addiction.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How highly contagious norovirus infection gets its start

Norovirus—the highly contagious gastrointestinal illness best known for spreading rapidly on cruise chips, in nursing homes, schools and other densely populated spaces—kills an estimated 200,000 people annually, mostly ...

Cancer

Major milestone reached in effort to ID cancers' genetic roots

Researchers nationwide have reached a major milestone in describing the genetic landscape of cancer. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and other institutions have completed the genetic sequencing ...

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