Fridge most important innovation in food history

September 14th, 2012 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 14 (IANS) The refrigerator has pipped pasteurisation, microwaves and pots, knives and eating utensils to be named the most important innovation in the history of food and drink, ... Read more...

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Marine microbes fend enemies with antibiotics

September 7th, 2012 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 7 (IANS) Some ocean mircobes wield chemical weapons that are deadly to outsiders but leave their own group unharmed, say researchers.The weapons are natural antibiotics produced by a ... Read more...

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Giving babies antibiotics could make them obese later

August 21st, 2012 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 21 (IANS) Babies given antibiotics before they were six months were more likely to be overweight by the age of three, a British study has found.A study of ... Read more...

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Juice from potato cures ulcers

August 9th, 2012 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 9 (IANS) Juice from the humble potato could treat gastric ulcers, thanks to its unique anti-bacterial properties, says a new research.A Manchester University microbiology team now hopes the ... Read more...

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Cattle vaccine can halve E. coli levels

August 7th, 2012 - 2:29 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 7 (IANS) A vaccine for cattle can slash E. coli levels by more than 50 percent, which is also effective with two doses instead of the recommended ... Read more...

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Cheese cuts risk of diabetes by 12 percent

July 24th, 2012 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 24 (IANS) Eating just two slices of cheese a day cuts the risk of type 2 diabetes by 12 percent, scientists have discovered.The findings go against current health ... Read more...

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Bugs filch copper to spread urinary infections

July 9th, 2012 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 9 (IANS) Bugs causing serious urinary tract infections stay ahead of the immune system by filching copper to prevent the metal from being used against them, says a ... Read more...

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‘Seaweed bacteria more effective than toothpaste’

July 5th, 2012 - 5:32 am ICT by IANS
London, July 4 (IANS) Brushing teeth with an enzyme extracted from a bacteria found in seaweed could be more effective than toothpaste in the fight against tooth decay, a British ... Read more...

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Your farts could cure high blood pressure

July 3rd, 2012 - 9:54 am ICT by IANS
London, July 3 (IANS) Though most of us may find it quite embarrassing in case we were caught breaking wind, a new study has in fact suggested flatulence could help ... Read more...

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Designer outfit made from wine

June 11th, 2012 - 11:35 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 11 (IANS) Scientists have unveiled a collection of skin-tight garments fashioned from red wine, Daily Mail reported Monday.A team from the University of Western Australia added a bacteria ... Read more...

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‘Tooth Tattoo’ Developed That Could Save Your Life

June 8th, 2012 - 9:41 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Princeton, June 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A 'tooth tattoo' manufactured from silk strands and gold wires could be used by experts to detect serious diseases. The small sensor sticks to dental enamel and ... Read more...

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African lake turns red from high levels of salt

June 4th, 2012 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 4 (IANS) A lake in west African nation Senegal has turned blood red in colour due to a high concentration of salt, with some areas within the lake ... Read more...

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Rogue DNA could trip the heart

April 26th, 2012 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 26 (IANS) DNA from the heart's own cells may unwittingly activate the body's immune system, tripping the heart, according to a study by British and Japanese researchers.Scientists from ... Read more...

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Ghana cholera toll rises to 21

April 19th, 2012 - 5:35 am ICT by IANS
Accra, April 19 (IANS) The toll in the cholera outbreak here in Ghana's capital has risen to 21. Over 1,500 cases of the disease have been reported, an official said.Ato ... Read more...

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McDonald’s staff caught selling stale food

March 16th, 2012 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 16 (IANS) A McDonald's restaurant here has been found selling food that should have been thrown away, Shanghai Daily reported Friday.Staff were also seen changing expiry dates and, ... Read more...

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Dad banned from swimming pool for ‘too long’ shorts

March 8th, 2012 - 10:30 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, Mar 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A 45-year-old dad could not believe his ears when he was told to get out of the swimming pool because his shorts were “too long.” Andy Toms ... Read more...

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Bugs can help trap underground carbon dioxide

February 24th, 2012 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) In both the novel and movies versions of "The War of the Worlds", bugs save the earth, while aliens succumb to infections to which humans have ... Read more...

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Time factor in risk of getting infection

February 20th, 2012 - 11:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 20 (IANS) The time of the day could be an important factor in the risk of getting an infection, BBC reported Monday.US researchers showed how a protein in ... Read more...

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Open windows could help prevent infections

February 20th, 2012 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 20 (IANS) Air conditioning and the ultra-sterile environment in places like hospitals may actually contribute to infections, say experts.Friendly bacteria found outdoors could be recruited to fend off ... Read more...

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Climate change speeds up microbial change

February 10th, 2012 - 1:45 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 10 (IANS) Climate change could affect Antarctica's Dry Valleys more rapidly than previously expected, particularly the microbial communities in the soil, a study reveals."We used to think that ... Read more...

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Baby Falak still critical (Lead)

February 6th, 2012 - 4:41 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Battling for survival for over two weeks at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, two-year-old battered baby Falak continued to be critical ... Read more...

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How viruses con bugs into working for them

January 27th, 2012 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 27 (IANS) Some of the viruses are real con artists. They trick new bugs with genetic material filched from their previous bacterial hosts into working for them, ... Read more...

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Dried licorice extract kills tooth decay bugs

January 5th, 2012 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 5 (IANS) Scientists have identified two substances in licorice that kill major bugs responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. Researcher Stefan Gafner and colleagues, who led the ... Read more...

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Older vacuum cleaners pollute indoor air

January 5th, 2012 - 5:13 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 5 (IANS) Some vacuum cleaners actually contribute to indoor air pollution by releasing dust and bugs that can spread infections and trigger allergies, reveals a study. Lidia Morawska, ... Read more...

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Manipulate bacteria to chat away infections

January 4th, 2012 - 5:14 pm ICT by IANS
TexasA&MUniversityresearchershaveachievedanunprecedenteddegreeofcontrolovertheformationanddispersalofbiofilms;,withpotentiallysignificanthealthandindustrialapplications.Acommunityofbugslivingtogether,abiofilmisaprotectiveandadhesiveslimethatexhibitsincreasedresistancetooutsidethreatssuchasantibiotics.Thefindingisasignificantone,saidThomasK.Wood,professorofchemicalengineeringatTexas,becausebiofilmsarenotoriouslydifficulttobreakapart,thejournalNatureCommunicationsreported.Thefilmcangrowonavarietyoflivingandnonlivingsurfaces,includingsubmergedrocks,food,teeth(asplaque)andbiomedicalimplantssuchaskneeandhipreplacements.WorkingwithE.colibug,WoodandcolleagueArulJayaramanhaveemployedspecificsignalssentandreceivedbetweenbugstotriggerbiofilmdispersal,accordingtoauniversitystatement.Whilebiofilmcanposeserioushealthrisks,itsuseinindustrialapplicationssuchasinbioreactorsisofferinghopeforanalternative-fuelsfuture,Woodsaid.Geneticallytweakedandgrowninthesereactors,biofilmcanbeusedtoproduceavarietyofchemicalssuchaspropanolandbutanol.Andbecausethebacteriawithinbiofilmfeedonglucose,bioreactorsusingbiofilmshavethepotentialtohelptransformtheeconomy.Thesereactorsalsobenefitfromtherobustnatureofbiofilm,atraitthatmakesthefilmidealforuse,saidWood."Wewanttoeventuallymakewithbacteriaallthethingswecurrentlymakeinchemicalrefineries,"hesaid."Neverbeforehasagroupdiscoveredproteinsthatmakebiofilmsdisperseandthenusedtheminasyntheticcircuit,wetookadvantageofthefactthatcellstalktoeachother,"saidWood.Bygeneticallyinsertingaforeignchemicalsignalfromanotherbacterium-Pseudomonasaeruginosa-intoE.coli,theresearchteamwasabletoforceonegroupofE.colitocontinuouslyemitthischemicalsignal.Theresearcherstheninsertedthisgroupofbacteriaintoanenvironmentwhereabiofilmwaspresent.Theexistingbiofilmwasalsogeneticallymodifiedtoreceivethechemicalsignal.Oncethesignalwasreceived,thebacteriawithinthebiofilmrespondedbybreakingapartandleavingtheenvironment,effectivelydispersingthebiofilm,explainedWood.--Indo-AsianNewsService st/ji/vt

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Fluoride acts on plaque-causing bugs: Study

December 23rd, 2011 - 3:43 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 23 (IANS) Regular use of fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, known to toughen teeth enamel, also acts on plaque-causing bugs. Conversely, these bugs try to fend off fluoride as ... Read more...

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Researchers create a living neon sign

December 20th, 2011 - 7:04 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) Biologists and bio-engineers have created a living neon sign composed of millions of bacterial cells that periodically light up in unison like blinking bulbs.Their achievement involved ... Read more...

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Chinese can now send off dead pets at disposal plants

December 20th, 2011 - 11:35 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, Dec 20 (IANS) Pet owners in the Chinese capital who earlier had trouble finding a proper place to dispose off dead animals would now be able to do so ... Read more...

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Bug’s signal helps its army as also alert target

December 19th, 2011 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) A signal emanating from invading bugs not only helps them organise but also alerts their intended target, the rice plants, to activate their defence mechanisms! This ... Read more...

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‘Sewage treatment plants abet growth of superbugs’

December 11th, 2011 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 11 (IANS) Water discharged into lakes and rivers by sewage treatment plants may contain genes that help create resistant superbugs, warn researchers.Timothy M. LaPara, associate professor in environmental ... Read more...

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New technique to rid hospitals of deadly microbes

December 11th, 2011 - 3:09 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Dec 11 (IANS) A new technique would not only disinfect hospitals worldwide but also stop bed bug outbreaks. "This is the future, because many hospital deaths are preventable with ... Read more...

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Stinking frogs are rich source of antibiotic compounds

December 1st, 2011 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) The skin of some of the earth's foulest smelling creatures houses a goldmine of anti-bacterial compounds -- a potentially rich source of new drugs that could ... Read more...

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Caffeine levels in water tied to contamination

November 22nd, 2011 - 5:18 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Nov 22 (IANS) Traces of caffeine in water indicates the presence of contaminants, including deadly pathogens coming from sewers, says a study."Our study has determined that there is a ... Read more...

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Infectious bugs alter DNA to become resistant

November 14th, 2011 - 11:53 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 14 (IANS) The 'golden staph', a group of common infectious bugs inhabiting our skin surface, becomes resistant to antibiotics by just making a small change in its DNA, ... Read more...

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Encounter with bugs gears infants against allergies

November 3rd, 2011 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 3 (IANS) Infants who encounter a wide range of bacteria are less at risk of developing allergies later in life."In our study of over 400 children, we observed ... Read more...

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