NYU Researchers Find 18 Percent of High School Seniors Smoke Hookah

While cigarette use is declining precipitously among youth, evidence indicates that American adolescents are turning to ethnically-linked alternative tobacco products, such as hookahs, cigars, and various smokeless tobacco products, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A new study by researchers affiliated with New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), published in the August 2014 edition of Pediatrics, identifies how prevalent Hookah use is and which teens are most likely to be using it.  Read more...


TB Dogma Upended: Even Uninfected Cells Trigger Immune Defenses

Infectious disease experts at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that immune system cells uninfected with the bacterium that causes tuberculosis trigger immune system T cells to fight the disease. Published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, the findings upend the long-held scientific belief that only cells, known specifically as dendritic cells, infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis could stimulate a broader, defensive immune system attack of the invading microorganism. Read more...