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Origins of immune system mapped, opening doors for new cancer immunotherapies

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A first cell atlas of the human thymus gland could lead to new immune therapies to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Newcastle University and Ghent University, Belgium, mapped thymus tissue through the human lifespan to understand how it develops and makes vital immune cells called T cells. In the...

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Scientists breach brain barriers to attack tumors

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The brain is a sort of fortress, equipped with barriers designed to keep out dangerous pathogens. But protection comes at a cost: These barriers interfere with the immune system when faced with dire threats such glioblastoma, a deadly brain tumor for which there are few effective treatments. Yale researchers have found a novel way to circumven...

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Coffee drinkers have healthier gut microbiotas

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New research suggests that heavy coffee drinkers have healthier compositions of bacteria in their guts. More and more research is unpacking the health benefits of drinking coffee. Drinking just one cup may fight off unhealthy fat, ease inflammation associated with obesity, or even protect the brain into old age. Furthermore, drinking at least...

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Measles outbreak worsens as three more cases confirmed after visit by infected NZ tourist

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Three more cases of measles have been confirmed in Perth in what health authorities have dubbed an "unprecedented" cluster of cases in the city's south. It brings the number of confirmed cases in Perth to 11, including babies too young to be vaccinated. Another is a teenager from Baldivis Secondary College. Authorities believ...

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Cancer-causing menthol Is 1,600 times stronger in E-Cigs than traditional cigarettes

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A carcinogen banned by the (US) FDA as a food additive is present in high amounts in some menthol- and mint-flavored e-cigarette liquids. Menthol and mint-flavored e-cigarettes can contain a chemical known as pulegone. A study found that e-cig users were exposed to high levels of this chemical. Some menthol- and mint-flavored e-cigaret...

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Bupa aged care boss vows snap inspections of nursing homes

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The head of Bupa’s aged care operation has promised to make surprise visits to some of the company’s embattled residential centres alongside a public advocate, to “find out the truth” of what’s happening. Bupa aged care managing director Suzanne Dvorak made the undertaking to Stewart Johnston at a meeting in Melbour...

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A tangled web: as a new doctor it was easy to be influenced by the opioid industry

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As another anniversary of his wife’s death approaches, an acquaintance says it’s easier to explain to his children her untimely death with “Mummy’s heart just stopped beating” than to invoke the spectre of her hidden opioid dependence that even he had not known about until the paramedics came. Pierced by this story and...

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Embarrassment may be putting Australian women at greater risk of developing cervical cancer

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Feelings of embarrassment may be putting Australian women at greater risk of developing cervical cancer. A third of women put off cervical screening because they feel awkward, research finds A national campaign has been launched to increase screening rates across the country Australia is on track for elimination, but experts say more work...

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Chronic pain sufferers 'not believed', with most saying they face stigma over the condition

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  Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Video: 'It's put significant strain on my relationship and affected all parts of my life' (ABC News) Related Story: Cannabis does not reduce chronic pain, major study finds Related Story: Chronic p...

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Hot, wet start to Summer sees fly numbers boom across Australia

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No matter how much you swat, wave, yell, or occasionally swallow flies, their persistence always beats yours. And tropical to start to summer for most of the country has provided the perfect breeding conditions for these pesky insects. Associate Professor James Wallman from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong said f...

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