Protection against malaria: A matter of balance

A balanced production of pro and anti-inflammatory cytokines at two years of age protects against clinical malaria in early childhood, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). The results also indicate that early exposure to the parasite does not affect the risk of developing the disease, although it could affect the parasite-specific immune response […]

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Two genomic tests identify groups of patients most likely to benefit from new drugs

New results from a long-running trial to identify which new drugs or combinations of drugs are most effective in which types of breast cancer, show that two genomic tests are bringing the era of truly personalised medicine ever nearer. Professor Laura van ‘t Veer, leader of the Breast Oncology Program at the University of California San Francisco, USA, told the […]

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Benefit Launches Button to Keep Influencers Stocked on Product

Benefit has a new model to keep product flowing to its influencer base. The brand, known for its brow products, is launching a button to help ensure Benefit influencers stay stocked with product while simultaneously cutting down on excess packaging. The idea was inspired by influencers who communicated to Benefit that they were out of product, as well as influencers and editors […]

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Puu, a children’s book on manual scavenging, was born of ‘anger’

While manual scavenging has been officially prohibited by law in India since 1993, instances of the dehumanising practice continue to be recorded, due to its deep-seated roots in society. Sensitively written, children’s picture book Puu is about a little girl who faces discrimination at her school because of her parents’ occupation. “Most people ignore me. It’s not like I care,” […]

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This Is the One Thing This Woman Wishes Someone Would Have Told Her Before Losing 336 Pounds

When Brittany May started her weight-loss journey over two years ago, she knew she would have loose skin when she reached her goal. Now she’s 336 pounds lighter—but she wasn’t prepared for just how heavy that extra skin would really be and how much pain it would cause her. “Nobody talked about the pain loose skin can cause and the discomfort and […]

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