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Immune system: not even cell death can stop the alarm

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Photo: Confocal microscopy image of macrophages [26/06/2014] Even after a cell dies, components of the immune system remain active and continue to fuel inflammatory reactions. An international team of researchers under the direction of scientists from the Institute of Innate Immunity at the University Hospital of Bonn has discovered how this incredible form of communication works.Immune system: not even cell death can stop the alarm - Read more

Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone

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Photo: Hand holding smartphone, cars in the background [27/05/2014] Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing a sensor that can be connected easily to smartphones. In the future, users are to take part in drawing up a pollution map via participatory sensing. The precision of the map will be the higher, the more people will take part.Measuring fine dust concentration via smartphone - Read more

Researchers find new molecule to treat asthma

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Photo: Young woman using asthma spray [16/05/2014] Study identifies a novel molecule that prevents the symptoms associated with allergen-induced asthma.Researchers find new molecule to treat asthma - Read more

Infections: Impact of Whooping Cough Vaccination Revealed

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Photo: Coughing girl [29/04/2014] Comprehensive study shows effect of vaccination on spread and diversification of Bordetella pertussis.Infections: Impact of Whooping Cough Vaccination Revealed - Read more

Tumor DNA: Blood Test Could Detect Solid Cancers

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Photo: Blood [07/04/2014] A blood sample could one day be enough to diagnose many types of solid cancers, or to monitor the amount of cancer in a patient's body and responses to treatment. Previous versions of the approach, which relies on monitoring levels of tumor DNA circulating in the blood, have required cumbersome and time-consuming steps to customize it to each patient or have not been sufficiently sensitive.Tumor DNA: Blood Test Could Detect Solid Cancers - Read more

Breast Cancer: Increased Risk of Developing Lung Cancer after Radiotherapy

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Photo: Two women smoking [07/04/2014] Women who have radiotherapy for breast cancer have a small but significantly increased risk of subsequently developing a primary lung tumour, and now research has shown that this risk increases with the amount of radiation absorbed by the tissue.Breast Cancer: Increased Risk of Developing Lung Cancer after Radiotherapy - Read more

Transplantations: Detection of Chronic Graft-vs.-Host Disease

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Photo: Ventilation hose [20/03/2014] A simple questionnaire that rates breathing difficulties on a scale of 0 to 3 predicts survival in chronic graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD), according to a current study.Transplantations: Detection of Chronic Graft-vs.-Host Disease - Read more

World Tuberculosis Day - 03/24/2014

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Photo: World Tuberculosis Day [20/03/2014] „Find. Treat. Cure.“ – This sounds simple, but describes the possible solution for a global healthcare burden: tuberculosis. It is intended to defeat the disease until 2050. This is especially difficult in South-East Asia and Africa, because the healthcare systems there “miss” a lot of the patients. The campaign “Find. Treat. Cure.” aims to raise awareness for them.World Tuberculosis Day - 03/24/2014 - Read more

Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases

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Photo: Clock in the chest [19/03/2014] The body clock’s natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered a rhythmic defense pathway in the lung controlled by our body clocks, which is essential to combat daily exposure to toxins and pollutants.Environment: Research Links Body Clocks to Chronic Lung Diseases - Read more

Lung Regeneration: Research on 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar

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Photo: Lung [10/03/2014] In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration, including pioneering discoveries by University of Vermont (UVM) Prof. Daniel Weiss and colleagues, holds promise for this population.Lung Regeneration: Research on 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar - Read more