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COVID-19: Scientists identify human genes that fight infection

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys have identified a set of human genes that fight SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus that causes COVID-19. Knowing which genes help control viral infection can greatly assist researchers’ understanding of factors that affect disease severity and also suggest possible therapeutic options. The genes in question are related to interferons, the body’s […]

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The Surprising Drink That Can Help Reduce Your Rosacea

If you’re one of the 14 million people living with rosacea (via the American Academy of Dermatology Association), you have probably tried many methods like Azelaic acid to help calm the redness across your cheeks and nose. You are in good company if you have the condition because high-profile figures, like Princess Diana and former president Bill Clinton […]

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Saved… the jaws that are wrecked by radiotherapy

Saved… the jaws that are wrecked by radiotherapy: Patients could be spared risky surgery on fractures by breakthrough drug combo Cancer treatment can lead to issues with blood vessels connected to lower jaw This can trigger infections in the bone and, in extreme cases, jaw fractures But study finds giving patients two common drugs halts […]

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A protein that can melt tumors

For the second time, cancer researchers at Vanderbilt have discovered a protein that—when genetically manipulated to impede it from interacting with a gene responsible for cancer genesis—effectively melts tumors in days. The article, “MYC regulates ribosome biogenesis and mitochondrial gene expression programs through interaction with Host Cell Factor-1,” was published in the journal eLife on […]

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Early research shows promise for therapeutics that delay type 2 diabetes

Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a unique pathway that initiates islet β cell inflammation—a hallmark of type 2 diabetes—putting them a step closer to developing targeted therapeutics for the disease that affects one in 10 Americans. The article, “RIPK3-mediated inflammation is a conserved β-cell response to ER stress” was published in the journal Science Advances on […]