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Childhood Infections Linked To Childhood Leukemia

Lack of infections during childhood is a common trend in obsessively clean environments that the babies grow up in today. For the immune systems to function properly, it is imperative that the babies are exposed to bacteria and viruses from infancy.

Use of Ebselen in MND Cure

An international study led by biochemists at the University of Liverpool has shown that the drug-molecule ebselen can correct many of the toxic characteristics of a protein that causes some cases of hereditary motor neurone disease (MND).

Dupilumab Alleviates Asthma Symptoms, Study Finds

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 anti-inflammatory drug, was approved in 2017 by the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for eczema, a chronic skin disease.

Potential of Quantum Dots Against Lung Cancer

Nanoparticles derived from tea leaves inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells, destroying up to 80% of them, new research has shown. The team made the discovery while they were testing out a new method of producing a type of nanoparticle called quantum dots. These are tiny particles which measure less than 10 nanometers. A human hair is 40,000 nanometers thick.

Risk for Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Identified

An automated system for identifying patients at risk for complications associated with the use of mechanical ventilators provided significantly more accurate results than did traditional surveillance methods, which rely on manual recording and interpretation of individual patient data. In their paper published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, using an algorithm developed was 100% accurate in identifying at-risk patients when provided with necessary data.