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Scientists have shown that chewing your food properly can boost your mouth’s immune system to protect you against illness. The study led by teams at The University of Manchester and National Institutes of Health in the USA, revealed that a specific type of immune cell, the Th17 cell, can be stimulated when you chew.


Pregnant women over 35 years old are more likely to have complications at birth due to delayed and longer labour stages, suggests new research published in The Journal of Physiology. It is well known that older mothers are more likely to experience complicated births, and this new research identifies physiological changes in the body that could explain this. Using mouse models, researchers from King’s College London have discovered that maternal age influences the structure of the uterus.


Scientists at the University of York have harnessed the therapeutic effects of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules to develop a new antibiotic which could be used to treat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea. The infection, which is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, has developed a highly drug-resistant strain in recent years with new cases reported in the north of England and Japan.


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