Health Problems

Taking the ‘killer’ out of natural killer cells

The virus responsible for chickenpox and shingles employs a powerful strategy of immune evasion, inhibiting the ability of natural killer cells to destroy infected cells and produce molecules that help control viral infection, according to a study published June 13 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Allison Abendroth of the Discipline of Infectious Diseases […]

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Spain urges youth to always carry condoms amid STI rise

Spain will launch a campaign to urge young people to “always carry a condom on them” as the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) surges, the government said Thursday. The news comes a week after the World Health Organization expressed alarm at the lack of progress on curbing STI or diseases (STD), with one expert […]

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DR Congo fears 1,500 dead from measles epidemic

Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have declared an epidemic of measles which may have killed 1,500 people, according to statistical analysis. “We have been seeing an increase in the number of suspected cases of measles since the start of the year, with a total of 87,000 suspected cases” reported by mid-May, Health […]

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Safe to breastfeed while on bipolar meds? Jury’s still out

Women taking lithium to treat their bipolar disorder frequently ask if breastfeeding while on the medication will harm their babies. Those fears are largely rooted in sparse studies that have not addressed critical factors, reports a new Northwestern Medicine systematic review. The review will be published June 10 in the International Review of Psychiatry. The […]