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2020 Article Archive

Could cancer immunotherapy success depend on gut bacteria?


A study by researchers revealed that gut bacteria can penetrate tumor cells and boost the effectiveness of an experimental immunotherapy that targets the CD47 protein.

Study: Tuberculosis bacteria produce cough-triggering molecule


The bacteria that cause the deadly lung disease tuberculosis appear to facilitate their own spread by producing a molecule that triggers cough.

Daylight saving returns amid global debate to end clock change


Daylight saving is approaching again, perhaps for the penultimate time in some countries where a fierce debate is being waged over its impact on health and the economy.

Travel history should become routine in medical assessments to slow pandemics’ spread


Integrating travel history information into routine medical assessments could help stem the rapidly widening COVID-19 epidemic, as well as future pandemics, infectious disease specialists recommend in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Changing what heart cells eat could help them regenerate


Switching what the powerhouses of heart cells consume for energy could help the heart regenerate when cells die.

Traditional risk factors predict heart disease about as well as sophisticated genetic test, study suggests


Traditional cardiovascular risk factors, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, and smoking status, are at least as valuable in predicting who will develop coronary heart disease as a sophisticated genetic test that surveys millions of different points in DNA.

Data scientists ID potential vulnerabilities in the COVID-19 virus


UT Southwestern Medical Center data scientists analyzing genetic sequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus have identified potential vulnerabilities that could help in vaccine development and further study of the infectious disease now spreading worldwide.

Clinical trial exposes deadly kidney cancer's Achilles' heel


An experimental drug already shown to be safe and help some patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma, a deadly form of kidney cancer, effectively disables its molecular target.

How cancer cells stiff-arm normal environmental cues to consume energy


UT Southwestern researchers have uncovered how cells in general modulate their energy consumption based on their surroundings.

Mandatory science fairs counterproductive, can result in cheating


Mandatory participation in high school science fairs is counterproductive, emphasizes winning over learning, and sometimes leads to cheating and other research misconduct.