Science news: Feb 2014

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Malaria maps reveal that 184 million Africans still live in extremely high-risk areas

A series of prevalence maps for malaria show reductions in disease transmission in 40 African countries between 2000 and 2010.
21 February 2014

Amino acid plays key roles in TB nutrient acquisition and evasion of host defences

The amino acid asparagine plays two separate critical roles in providing nutrition and evading host defences in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
20 February 2014

Promising new treatment for respiratory syndrome

Results from a phase II clinical trial show that a new drug to treat acute respiratory distress syndrome could reduce mortality by as much as 80 per cent.
14 February 2014

New target for psoriasis treatment discovered

A new gene could be an effective target for new treatments for psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes dry, red, sore and itchy lesions on the skin.
13 February 2014

Smoking impairs blood vessel repair

Smokers are less able to repair damage to blood vessels because stem cells in their blood age more quickly, shedding light on why tobacco use is linked to heart and circulatory disease.
13 February 2014

Immunotherapy treatment hope for acute myeloid leukaemia

Using immune cells engineered to target a protein found only on the surface of leukaemia cells – called CD123 – could offer new hope for treating patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).
07 February 2014

Chopping kidney cancers down at their ‘trunk’ could lead to new treatments

A study of kidney cancer has allowed scientists at Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute to map the evolutionary paths tumours take
02 February 2014

‘Genome doubling’ linked to worse prognosis in colorectal cancer

Research shows that the presence of cells with an extra copy of their whole genome is linked to a worse colorectal cancer prognosis.
01 February 2014