Researchers at the University of Adelaide have identified that the activation of the TLR4 molecule is key in controlling the timing of birth, acting as a trigger common to both preterm and on-time labor.
The flu virus can be lethal. But what is often just as dangerous is the body's own reaction to the invader. This immune response consists of an inflammatory attack, meant to kill the virus. But if it gets too aggressive, this counterattack can end up harming the body's own tissues, causing damage that can lead to death.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine investigated the possible tumor-forming role of a sugar called Neu5Gc, which is naturally found in most mammals but not in humans.