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Selenium protects specialized neurons from cell death

About 200 years ago, the Swedish scientist Jöns Jacob Berzelius discovered the trace element selenium, which he named after the goddess of the moon, Selene. Besides its industrial applications (chemical industry, production of semiconductors and toners), selenium is an essential trace element and indispensable for humans, many animals, and some bacteria. A team led by Dr. Marcus Conrad, research group leader at the Institute of Developmental Genetics (IDG), showed for the first time why selenium is a limiting factor for mammals.

High rate of mortality from sepsis in ICUs

Brazil has an extremely high rate of mortality from sepsis in intensive care units (ICUs), surpassing even mortality due to stroke and heart attack in ICUs. According to a survey conducted by researchers at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) and the Latin American Sepsis Institute (LASI), over 230,000 adults die from sepsis in ICUs every year and about 55.7% of sepsis cases in ICUs end in death.

Safety and Efficacy of Investigational ZPIV vaccine

The investigational Zika purified inactivated virus (ZPIV) vaccine was well-tolerated and induced an immune response in participants, according to initial results from three Phase 1 clinical trials. Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), part of the U.S. Department of Defense, are developing the vaccine as well as leading one of the trials. The results are published in The Lancet.