Immunology

Antibiotic resistance and microwaves

Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology Tina Joshi looks at the detection of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in the timeframe of a doctor’s appointment.

New delivery method for immunotherapy combination

Using nanoparticles to bind molecules that can unleash and stimulate immune cells, US researchers found they could more effectively trigger the body’s defence systems against cancer in laboratory studies.

"One-stop shop to speed up cancer diagnosis"

Special centres that are aimed at speeding up cancer diagnosis are being introduced across Englan

How did gonorrhoea become drug resistant?

Mutations to the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoea have been identified, that enable resistance to ceftriaxone, which could lead to the global spread of ceftriaxone-resistant “superbug” strains.

Gut bacteria drive autoimmune disease

Bacteria found in the small intestines of mice and humans can travel to other organs and trigger an autoimmune response, states a new paper.

24/7 laboratory service

With round-the-clock working becoming the norm in the NHS, Training Officer Chika K Eze looks at its potential impact for pathology departments.

Preventing allergic reactions

Researchers have discovered a new mechanism in which an antibody can prevent allergic reactions in a broad range of patients.

No antibiotics for sore throats

Doctors should not prescribe antibiotics for most people with sore throats, say new guidelines. While most sore throats are caused by viral infections, research suggests antibiotics are prescribed in 60% of cases.

The enzyme that defines colon cancer

Researchers have identified an enzyme that is absent in healthy colon tissue but abundant in colon cancer cells. It appears to drive the conversion of normal tissue into cancer by attaching sugar molecules, or glycans, to proteins in the cell.

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