Researchers discover mechanism underlying the development and intensification of cancer treatment-related pain

A combination of chemotherapy and drugs that stimulate the immune system to fight cancer is increasingly used to control the progression of the disease in patients. On the other hand, clinical studies show that the combination has adverse side effects, such as peripheral neuropathy characterized by pain, numbness, tingling, sensitivity to cold in the hands … Read more

Corona vaccine based on new technology tested in clinical study

Newswise — A new COVID-19 vaccine based on a different platform than current vaccines on the market has been tested in humans for the first time by researchers at Radboud University Medical Center. Administration of this vaccine in healthy study participants was well tolerated and led to a good immune response. The effectiveness of the … Read more

Can a Virus Age You?

The following is an excerpt from Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity by Nicklas Brendborg. Available for sale January 17, 2023 at Amazon, Barnes & Nobleand Bookshop.org. When the United States began vaccinating against the measles virus in the 1960s, children fortunately stopped getting measles. But that wasn’t the only thing; suddenly, American children … Read more

Oregon State University researchers take key step toward new treatment for hereditary blindness | Local

PORTLAND — Oregon State University College of Pharmacy scientists have demonstrated in animal models the possibility of using lipid nanoparticles and messenger RNA, the technology underpinning COVID-19 vaccines, to treat blindness associated with a rare genetic condition. Researchers developed nanoparticles able to penetrate the neural retina and deliver mRNA to the photoreceptor cells whose proper … Read more

LJI scientists solve the mystery of why OGT enzyme is critical for cell survival

Newswise — LA JOLLA, CA — Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) have finally uncovered how an enzyme called O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) keeps cells healthy. Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciencesreveals a key aspect of cellular biology and may lead to important medical advances. “Many diseases … Read more

Adults May Be Losing Immunity to Mumps. Are Boosters Needed?

Amy Norton TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Despite routine use of a childhood vaccine, the United States still sees outbreaks of mumps. Now, a new study reinforces the belief that it’s due to waning immunity post-vaccination. Mumps is a viral infection best known for causing puffy cheeks, a swollen jaw, fever and general … Read more

First-line immune defenses against COVID-19 are short-lived and may explain reinfection

Newswise — A new study finds that antibodies produced in the nose decline nine months after COVID-19 infection, while antibodies found in the blood last at least a year. Antibodies in the nasal fluid (known as immunoglobulin A, or IgA) provide first-line defense against COVID-19 by blocking the SARS-CoV-2 virus when it first enters the … Read more

Antidepressant use during pregnancy may combine with inflammation to alter offspring neurobiology

Antidepressant use during pregnancy may combine with inflammation to heighten the risk of lifelong neurodevelopmental changes in babies’ brains, such as those linked to autism, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. A team of UVA neuroscientists found that commonly used antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can interact … Read more

It’s not too late to get a flu shot: Dr. Nina Radcliffe

DR. NINA RADCLIFFE For The Press Hospitalizations for the flu continue to be the highest we’ve seen at this time of year in a decade. For those who haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, it’s not too late to protect yourself and your family this season. As a practicing physician, I am joining doctors and … Read more

Here’s how to know when your child is too sick for school Children’s Health

A sniffle, a sneeze or a cough can set off alarm bells these days for families with young children. Mother of two Vickie Leon said her kids, ages 4 and 2, can sometimes go a month or two without bringing anything back from day care. Then there are times when it seems the family in … Read more