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New Insights On An Ancient Plague Could Improve Treatments For Infections

Historic illustration of people suffering bubonic plague. Source: Duke

Dangerous new pathogens such as the Ebola virus invoke scary scenarios of deadly epidemics, but even ancient scourges such as the bubonic plague are still providing researchers with new insights on how the body responds to infections. In a study published online in the journal Immunity, researchers at Duke Medicine and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School [...]

Scientists Discover “Dimmer Switch” For Mood Disorders

Basal ganglia neurons (green) feed into the brain and release glutamate (red) and GABA (blue) and sometimes a mix of both neurotransmitters (white).
Source: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as “disappointment.” The discovery of what may effectively be a neurochemical antidote for feeling let-down is reported the online edition of Science. “The idea that [...]

Ladies: Don’t Slack On Your Preventative Health Care, Says USciences Prof

Joan Ward, MS, PA-C, chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at USciences
Source: University of the Sciences

As young women across the United States adapt to their busy college lifestyles, physician assistant studies professor Joan Ward, MS, PA-C, at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, urges them to stay on top of their preventative health screenings. “Many students assume their young age makes them invincible to diseases and conditions, like cancer,” said [...]

An Update On Bacterial Meningitis And Other Important Vaccine News

George DiFerdinando Jr. says while you may get the flu even if you've been vaccinated, your risk of death will be lower and there's a good chance your symptoms will be milder.
Source: George DiFerdinando Jr.

With school underway and flu season not far behind, vaccinations are on people’s minds again, or at least they should be – according to experts such as George DiFerdinando Jr. who keep track of how disease spreads and the best ways to prevent it. DiFerdinando is an adjunct professor of epidemiology at Rutgers School of [...]

Responsible Use Of X-Rays In Dentistry For Children Is Aim Of New Education And Awareness Initiative

William Scarfe

Children need smaller portions – this is true when it comes to eating meals, and when addressing topics such as imaging. It is under this premise that the profession of dentistry is joining the Image Gently campaign to raise awareness about special considerations needed for pediatric dental radiology, and to promote radiation safety. William C. [...]