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  • Probing Ebola's deadly inflammatory effect
    Probing Ebola's deadly inflammatory effect

    New research suggests that the massive and destructive inflammation that characterizes Ebola virus disease may be caused by the release of foreign proteins from infected cells.

  • Willy Burgdorfer dies at 89; discovered bacteria causing Lyme disease
    Willy Burgdorfer dies at 89; discovered bacteria causing Lyme disease

    Willy Burgdorfer, a Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, died Monday of complications of Parkinson's disease in western Montana. He was 89.

  • Obesity rivals smoking and war among self-inflicted health risks
    Obesity rivals smoking and war among self-inflicted health risks

    Among the self-inflicted health risks plaguing the world, obesity now rivals smoking and armed conflict as a leading cause of death, a global research group reported Thursday.

  • Flu shot 'back-boost' discovery may change the way vaccines are made
    Flu shot 'back-boost' discovery may change the way vaccines are made

    Did you get your flu shot? If so, you probably figured it would protect you against exposure to the three strains of influenza virus were deemed most likely to circulate this winter. But a new study in the journal Science reveals that the shot primed your immune system to defeat a much...

  • In smoggy China, masks become stylish accessory
    In smoggy China, masks become stylish accessory

    For millions of Chinese, China's air pollution crisis has made donning a mask as reflexive as reaching for an umbrella when it rains. The country sees heavy pollution so frequently that weather forecasts have a special symbol for "haze." But nothing can ruin a meticulously assembled outfit like...

  • Ebola: Gates Foundation funds convalescent plasma research
    Ebola: Gates Foundation funds convalescent plasma research

    As a group of celebrities that includes Bono, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Ben Affleck calls for increased efforts to battle Ebola, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it was contributing $5.7 million for the study of an experimental blood-based treatment.

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