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New Drug Could Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection

Most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. However, such drugs are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola. Now, in a development that could transform how viral infections are treated, a team of researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory has […]

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Researchers Activate Brain Pathways With Light To Dissect How Anxiety Works

Scientists, for the first time, have switched anxiety on-and-off in active animals by shining light at a brain pathway. Instinctively reclusive mice suddenly began exploring normally forbidding open spaces when a blue laser activated the pathway – and retreated into a protected area when it dimmed. By contrast, anxiety-like behaviors increased when an amber laser […]

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Common Virus Plus Low Sunlight Exposure May Increase Risk Of Multiple Sclerosis

New research suggests that people who are exposed to low levels of sunlight coupled with a history of having a common virus known as mononucleosis may be at greater odds of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than those without the virus. The research is published in the April 19, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal […]

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Researchers Probe For Retrovirus In Central Nervous System

There has been substantial mystery surrounding the origins of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) – a condition affecting as many as four million Americans and marked by symptoms that include a sense of weariness that sleep does not improve and difficulty with memory and concentration. A study published in 2009 suggested that a retrovirus known as […]

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