Special cells can “taste,” then help fight parasites in the gut

first_imgWhat spurs the human immune system into action when there’s a parasitic infection in the gut? A new study finds that special cells called tuft cells play a big role—by “tasting” the presence of intestinal parasites and setting the immune system into motion against them.The finding, outlined in a paper published February 2, 2016 in Science, is important, said senior author Wendy Garrett, Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Knowing more about the interplay between tuft cells and the immune system could help scientists develop new ways to treat parasitic diseases such as giardiasis, roundworm, and hookworm, which afflict millions around the world— particularly children—and cause debilitating symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and pain, and contribute to weight loss and malnutrition.Scientists have known about tuft cells, which have stiff bristles and stick out from the intestinal wall in clumps, since the mid-1950s. But until recently their function has been unclear.Garrett’s study was one of three recent studies to shed new light on tuft cells. “It’s pretty cool that three groups uncovered different information about these cells at the same time, just by chance,” she said. “We all found that tuft cells play an important role in the immune system.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Alpena County Preps For Statewide Ballot Recount

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA federal judge has ruled that a statewide recount of Michigan’s presidential ballots is mandatory and must be completed by December 13th. Here in Alpena County, the Clerk’s Office is working with surrounding communities to complete the tedious process. The recount comes after a motion filed by Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein, who claims that machines used to count ballots in Michigan, are extremely unreliable and prone to error. For the recount, counties in Michigan will be pressured to train and hire workers to count ballots for the day, a reason why the Michigan Republican Party is upset with the ruling. Alpena will be a regional hub for the process and together with Presque Isle and Montmorency Counties will count ballots at the Hillman Community Center this Sunday. The process is tedious but is expected to take just one day. “We’ll be verifying the seals on the containers to be sure if they match the poll books, then if they match, we will open the containers and do a physical count of the ballots that are in there and dividing them into piles by the candidates, and verify the number of votes each candidate has received,” says Alpena County Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs. Higher–ups in the Michigan Republican Party are voicing their distaste for the ruling, with party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel saying they are outraged that Jill Stein is trying to use the courts to change the outcome of the Michigan election; adding that she believes the recount is an incredible waste of Michigan taxpayers’ money. Many people are questioning the reasoning for a recount, as experts do not expect the outcome of the election to change.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, ballot, jill, MICHIGAN, presidential, recount, steinContinue ReadingPrevious Ella White Holds Their Annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale to Improve Materials in the ClassroomsNext Project Blue Light Event In Alpenalast_img read more

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DOUBLE KILLER RELEASED ON BAIL AFTER HARASSMENT CONVICTION

first_imgJohn Gallagher – Donegaldaily.comDOUBLE killer John Gallagher is back on the streets tonight despite a three month prison sentence for harassing his sister.Gallagher – who shot dead Twin Towns mother and daughter Annie and Anne Gillespie in 1988 – was found guilty at Strabane Magistrates Court of making threats against his sister Helena. Gallagher had denied the charge.However Helena told the court that she was in a queue at the SuperValu supermarket in Strabane on March 25th last when Gallagher pulled up in his car and made a gesture with his hand….in the shape of a gun.Helena said she had been left terrified by the experience.John Gallagher had denied the incident took place.However District Judge Nigel Broderick found Gallagher guilty of harassment.He sentenced Gallagher to three months behind bars.However the 48-year-old was later released on bail of £500 after lodging an appeal against the conviction.No date for the appeal was set.Gallagher is a notorious double killer.He shot his girlfriend and her mother at Sligo hospital in 1988 but was found by a jury to be insane.He later absconded from a mental hospital and moved to Strabane, just a mile from his home town of Lifford.DOUBLE KILLER RELEASED ON BAIL AFTER HARASSMENT CONVICTION was last modified: October 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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