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Interaction between immunity and gut bacteria influences aging
A disrupted immune system can upset gut bacteria in ways that can lead to cell damage and tissue changes associated with aging, study finds. (Medical News Today)

Pancreatic cancer cells are 'addicted' to key protein
New research on highly aggressive pancreatic cancers finds that a protein fuels cancer cells to the extent that they become 'addicted' to it. (Medical News Today)

New way to manipulate immune cells may treat cancer, autoimmune disease
Altering levels of a molecule that T cells need to grow could help the body fight cancer and lead to new treatments for autoimmune disease. (Medical News Today)

Autism: What is the link with zinc?
Past research noted a connection between zinc and autism, but a new study takes a deeper look and helps to further uncover the link. (Medical News Today)

New genetic culprit found for early progressive hair loss
New research has identified a key factor in the case of a progressive form of hair loss that starts in early childhood. The main culprit is a mutated gene. (Medical News Today)

Scientists confirm the role of 'molecular switch' in Parkinson's disease
Researchers establish that a cellular pathway that protects the brain against damage is disrupted in Parkinson's disease. Two enzymes play key roles. (Medical News Today)

Brain injury: New target may help eliminate inflammation
Researchers have identified a new cellular target that may, in the future, allow them to prevent the harmful effects of inflammation after brain injury. (Medical News Today)

How a key protein boosts memory, learning in the adult brain
New research reveals that a protein that helps make connections between neurons in the developing infant brain also strengthens them in the adult brain. (Medical News Today)

How does a protein's 'evil twin' promote cancer growth?
The mutant variant of a cancer-suppressing protein blocks its 'sibling's' activity, researchers have found. This interaction allows cancer to spread. (Medical News Today)

Sleep deprivation may cause dehydration
New research finds that people who sleep 6 hours a night instead of 8 have a higher risk of dehydration and should, therefore, drink more water. (Medical News Today)

'Simple modification' could help antibiotics overcome resistance
A simple way of linking vancomycin to an antimicrobial peptide led to a fivefold increase in the antibiotic's power against an infectious bacterium. (Medical News Today)

How and why our bodies starve gut bacteria
Our gut microbiota can make or break our health. Researchers have found that our bodies keep bacteria under control by 'rationing' the resources they need. (Medical News Today)

Nature's 'kill code' may destroy cancer
Two new studies explain how each cell in the body embeds a code that may become active when a healthy cell mutates into a cancerous one. (Medical News Today)

Common drugs lead to millions of cases of lung disease
Many common drugs affect lung health negatively, and these problems are more common than specialists previously thought, concludes a new review. (Medical News Today)

'Anti-aging molecule' could improve liver and kidney treatments
Blocking an enzyme that limits the activity of the 'anti-aging molecule' NAD+ could be a way to protect the liver and kidneys from damage, study suggests. (Medical News Today)

New drug kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria in clinical trial
A new antibiotic able to kill drug-resistant bacteria proves to be safe and effective in a phase II clinical trial, offering fresh hope in a global crisis. (Medical News Today)

Are gut bacteria the key to healthy aging?
Research presented at the London Microbiome Meeting in the United Kingdom sheds light on this important question. Medical News Today report. (Medical News Today)

Pancreatic cancer: New approach may prolong survival
Pancreatic cancer is often treatment-resistant, but new light shed in a mouse study has 'more than doubled survival' and may lead to new therapies. (Medical News Today)

Heart attack: New finding may change the face of treatment
New research from Sweden reveals that certain antibodies are highly present in people who have had a heart attack, which may have important implications. (Medical News Today)

How does stress affect the brain?
Stress can affect every aspect of our mental and physical health. A new study now shows just how exposure to stress can impact memory and brain volume. (Medical News Today)

Acute myeloid leukemia: New treatment overcomes chemo resistance
A treatment that alters gene expression overcame chemotherapy resistance and resulted in complete remission in a mouse model of acute myeloid leukemia. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: Even healthy tissue is 'riddled with mutations'
A new study charts the slow build-up of genetic mutations. The researchers are surprised to find that even healthy human tissue carries many mutants. (Medical News Today)

5 strange, rare, and fascinating medical conditions
Our bodies can work in mysterious ways, which sometimes give rise to strange medical conditions. In this Spotlight we look at five of these rare diseases. (Medical News Today)

Herpes may account for 50 percent of Alzheimer's cases
A large review suggests that the herpes virus may result in a heightened risk of senile dementia, and may account for numerous Alzheimer's diagnoses. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: Could a 'universal' blood test make detection easier?
Researchers have been developing a 'universal' blood test that can quickly detect the presence of cancer. The scientists are now working to improve it. (Medical News Today)

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