Weight loss 'is body's way of fighting off gut worms'
The immune system hijacks a hormone that controls when to stop eating, their study of mice suggests. This then triggers the type of immune response needed to expel the worms from the gut, PLoS Pathogens reports.
Bacterial weaponry that causes stillbirth revealed
BAD BUDDIES Toxic balloons bud from Strep B. A new study in pregnant mice shows these fluid-filled sacs can cause inflammation, premature delivery and stillbirth. ~~ M.V. Surve et al/PLOS Pathogens 2016
HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show. The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves "HIV reservoirs" untouched.The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was "highly potent" at reactivating hidden HIV.