Being neurotic may postpone death

A study indicates that having higher levels of the personality trait neuroticism may reduce the risk of death for individuals who report being in fair or poor health. The study of over 500,000 people in the United Kingdom further revealed

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9/11 survivors increased health risk

People who were exposed to the dust cloud or sustained physical injuries during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 (9/11) may be at increased long-term risk of asthma, other respiratory diseases and heart attack,

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Dr’s eyes provide super cell that ‘locks up’ Ebola

Scars on the eyes of an Ebola, Zaire ebolavirus, survivor have led researchers to a ‘super cell’ that may have the potential to help contain the virus in future outbreaks. The research describes how retinal pigment epithelial cells may act as a

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Bugs in your eyes train your immune cells

Bugs in your eyes may be a good thing. Resident microbes living on the eye are essential for immune responses that protect the eye from infection, new research shows. The study demonstrates the existence of a resident ocular microbiome that

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Herpesvirus may play key role in Multiple sclerosis

The ubiquitous human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) may play a critical role in impeding the brain’s ability to repair itself in diseases like multiple sclerosis. The findings may help explain the differences in severity in symptoms that many people with the

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WHO warns gonorrhoea is getting impossible to treat

Gonorrhoea is getting much harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat due to the bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. The World Health Organization looked at data from 77 countries and found widespread resistance to older and cheaper antibiotics, and even last-resort

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Undersea life holds promise for killing tuberculosis

A team of researchers has discovered a potential new weapon in the fight against tuberculosis, and it lives in the Little Mermaid’s realm. University of Central Florida graduate student Carolina Rodrigues Felix led the study in UCF Assistant Professor Kyle

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Experts call for regulation of stem cell tourism

Global experts have called for an urgent international effort to regulate potentially deadly stem cell tourism treatments. Writing in Science Translational Medicine, 15 experts from Australia, the UK, USA, Canada, Belgium, Italy and Japan say the growing industry’s lack of

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How antibiotic resistance can be better managed

By recreating the origins of DNA elements that confer antibiotic resistance, researchers from MU generate new insights that can help limit resistance in the future. The key element (the class 1 integron) is a major player in the global dissemination

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Why the immune system fails to see cancer

Cancer hides in plain sight of the immune system. The body’s natural tumour surveillance programs should be able to detect and attack rogue cancer cells when they arise, and yet when cancer thrives, it does so because these defence systems

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