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New Virus Discovered in Swiss Ticks

Blood test for diagnosis in development


The Alongshan virus was discovered in China only five years ago. Now researchers at the University of Zurich have found the novel virus for the first time in Swiss ticks. It appears to be at least as widespread as the tickborne encephalitis virus and causes similar symptoms. The UZH team is ...


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Commercial Dishwashers Destroy Protective Layer in Gut

Chemical residue on clean plates


Residue from rinse agents is left behind on dishes after they are cleaned in professional-grade dishwashers. This damages the natural protective layer in the gut and can contribute to the onset of chronic diseases, as demonstrated by researchers working with organoids at the Swiss Institute of ...


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Immune System Reboot in MS Patients

Wiping out unwanted immune cells


Blood stem cell transplantation is a radical but highly effective therapy for multiple sclerosis. A study led by the University of Zurich has now examined in detail the way in which the treatment curbs the autoimmune disease and how the immune system regenerates afterwards. A better understanding ...


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Threatened Aldabra Giant Tortoise Genome Decoded

The next step will be to investigate how DNA can be used to determine the age of animals that are still alive


They can live for more than 100 years and weigh up to 250 kilograms – Aldabra giant tortoises. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now decoded the genome of Aldabrachelys gigantea, one of only two remaining giant tortoise species worldwide. The findings will help to ensure the long-term ...


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Immunotherapy Reduces Lung and Liver Fibrosis in Mice

If this approach is also found to work in humans, it could lead to an effective treatment for fibrosis


Chronic diseases often lead to fibrosis, a condition in which organ tissue suffers from excessive scarring. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now developed an immunotherapy that specifically targets the cause – activated fibroblasts – while leaving normal connective tissue cells ...


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High Cholesterol, Overweight and Reduced Physical Stamina Are Long Covid Sequelae in Young Adults


Healthy young people with just a mild Covid infection can sometimes suffer temporary post-infection consequences such as tiredness, loss of smell and taste or reduced fertility. These symptoms usually improve with time. But a new UZH study conducted with Swiss Armed Forces personnel shows that ...


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Artificial Intelligence Improves Treatment in Women with Heart Attacks

Risk profile and clinical picture is different in women


Heart attacks in women are more likely to be fatal than in men. The reasons are differences in age and in comorbidity burden which makes risk assessment in women a challenge. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now developed a novel artificial-intelligence-based risk score that improves ...


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Genetic Testing Before Pregnancy Detects up to Half of the Risk

Are would-be parents carrying a genetic risk of serious illnesses that they could potentially pass on to their children?


In the USA, doctors recommend that couples have genetic screening before trying to conceive. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now shown that a maximal variant of this test detects the risk in 44 percent of couples who are related by blood, and in just 5 percent of other couples. ...


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Individual Cells Are Smarter Than Thought


Humans make decisions based on various sensory information which is integrated into a holistic percept by the brain. But how do single cells make decisions? Much more autonomously than previously thought, as researchers from the University of Zurich have now shown. Cells base their decisions not ...


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Three Simple Interventions for Cancer Prevention in Older People

Overall reduction in cancer risk by 61%


A combination of high-dose vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids and a simple home strength exercise program (SHEP) can cumulatively reduce the risk of cancer in healthy adults over the age of 70 by 61 percent, the international DO-HEALTH study led by the University of Zurich has shown. It is the first ...


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