Old records shed new light on smallpox outbreaks in 1700s

A highly contagious disease originating far from America’s shores triggers deadly outbreaks that spread rapidly, infecting the masses. Shots are available, but a divided public agonizes over getting jabbed. Sound familiar? Newly digitized records—including a minister’s diary scanned and posted online by Boston’s Congregational Library and Archives—are shedding fresh light on devastating outbreaks of smallpox […]

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Scientists discover gene signature responsible for plaque-eating microglia in Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is characterized by the build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain. Microglia, the immune sentinels of the brain, are not only responsible for eliminating foreign invaders, but also maintaining brain homeostasis by clearing toxic waste such as the amyloid plaques. However, the role of microglia […]

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