TB kills 1.6M annually. Stem cells play a role

A new study finds it’s possible to target stem cells for protective vaccination from tuberculosis, but that a pathogen can also hijack them to increase TB virulence. Since Robert Koch discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)—the causative agent of tuberculosis—in the 19th century, TB has defied efforts by scientists to end this old pandemic that still kills…

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More vitamin D in first year may cut later obesity risk

Higher vitamin D levels in first year of life could protect against obesity in adolescence, researchers report. Low levels of vitamin D during the first year of life are inversely associated with metabolic syndrome in adolescence, which is closely linked to obesity, according to their new study. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions such…

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Grambling State University Teams Up With Louisiana Tech to Boost Diversity in Accounting

Grambling State University, the historically Black educational institution in Louisiana, has entered into an agreement with Louisiana Tech Univerity in Ruston. The partnership will offer undergraduate accounting students at Grambling State University to take advantage of an accelerated path into the master of accountancy program at Louisiana Tech. Under the agreement, accounting majors at Grambling…

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Huge toothy birds once soared over penguins

Ancient birds with wingspans up to 21 feet once patrolled the southern oceans, according to fossils recovered from Antarctica in the 1980s. The birds represent the oldest giant members of an extinct group of birds that would dwarf the 11.5-foot wingspan of today’s largest bird, the wandering albatross. “The big ones are nearly twice the…

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