Researchers reveal mechanism of hepatitis B-induced venous metastasis and immune escape of hepatocellular carcinoma

In China, about 70 million people are infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), and more than 80% of liver cancer is caused by HBV. HBV-associated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is often accompanied by severe vascular invasion and portal vein tumor thrombus leading to a poor prognosis. However, the underlying mechanism of this disease remains obscure. In […]

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Australians warned not to pick or eat wild mushrooms as Deathcap Amanita proliferates

Wild mushrooms are springing up around Australia after a wet Summer, so today the Food Safety Information Council warned people to be extremely careful around wild mushrooms because of the deadly deathcap mushroom poisoning risk. Cathy Moir, Council Chair, said that foraging for wild food is becoming a popular activity, especially during Autumn, but gathering […]

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Happiness of centenarians a severely neglected area of research

A systematic review by researchers at the Centre for Healthy Brain Aging (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney has highlighted the need for clearer definitions of ‘happiness’, ‘life satisfaction’ and ‘positive affect’ in centenarians. This is the first systematic review to summarize the literature on the subjective wellbeing of this unique age group. The review, published in Aging […]

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The benefits of the Mediterranean diet pass on to the families of patients who follow it

People living with a patient undergoing an intensive weight loss treatment also benefit from this therapy. This has been demonstrated by a team of researchers from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM-Hospital del Mar) along with doctors from Hospital del Mar and the CIBER on the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERObn), in […]

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Immune cell implicated in development of lung disease following viral infection

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have implicated a type of immune cell in the development of chronic lung disease that sometimes is triggered following a respiratory viral infection. The evidence suggests that activation of this immune cell—a type of guardian cell called a dendritic cell—serves as an early switch that, […]

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