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The Los Angeles Times reports that "Scientists say they have discovered a key process by which the AIDS virus kills key immune cells: It triggers a preprogrammed self-destruct sequence within the cell that is intended to alert fellow immune cells of a crisis." In addition to the discovery of this process,...
Reuters reports that "Scientists have found that the sleep disorder narcolepsy can sometimes be triggered by a scientific phenomenon known as 'molecular mimicry', offering a possible explanation for its link to a GlaxoSmithKline H1N1 pandemic flu vaccine." Researchers found that a portion of a protein from...
The use of antibacterial soaps and other antibacterial products has skyrocketed in the past few decades but now the FDA is cracking down on companies who produce them, The New York Times reports. The proposed rule change is based on studies showing that the chemicals triclosan, found in liquid soaps, and...