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An exhibition ("In Sickness and in Health") and programming on the history of U.S. medicine in recognition of the work of Dr. Maurice Hilleman is being developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C. Hilleman was responsible for the development of more than half of the childhood vaccines routinely recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oral antibiotics, which can kill gut microorganisms, also may alter the human immune response to seasonal influenza vaccination, suggests a paper published in Cell by researchers at Stanford (Calif.) University. This likely indicates that should they be exposed to the influenza virus after vaccination, these individuals would be less protected against infection than people who had not received antibiotics, according to the authors.

Pop music lyrics contain the same amount of violent content as rap and hip-hop, claim researchers at the University of Missouri, Columbia. "We know that music has a strong impact on young people and how they view their role in society," says Cynthia Frisby, professor in the School of Journalism. "Unlike rap or hip-hop, pop music tends to have a bubbly, uplifting sound that is meant to draw listeners in, but that can be problematic if the lyrics beneath the sound are promoting violence and misogynistic behavior."

The first step towards trials of vaginal microbiota transplantation (VMT) have been taken by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. Inspired by the success of fecal transplantation, it is hoped that transplants of vaginal fluids from healthy donors will provide the first restorative, curative treatment for bacterial vaginosis.

Brain training can result in large and persistent improvements in cognition in people with bipolar disorder, maintain researchers at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, who found that a cognitive exercise regimen drove a large improvement in a standard measure of overall cognitive ability...

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