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DNA sequencing tracks details of TB outbreak


September 4th, 2012 - 4:01 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Sep 4 (IANS) DNA sequencing can reconstruct the spread of killer diseases from person to person, besides quickly identifying the origin and movement of pathogens.A team from the British ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

How cholera bug invades the gut


January 29th, 2012 - 3:27 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 29 (IANS) Scientists have figured out how cholera bugs invade our guts, infecting millions and killing more than 100,000 people worldwide every year, reveals a study. The discovery ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Vaccines to boost immunity where it counts


January 23rd, 2012 - 12:40 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 23 (IANS) Researchers have created synthetic nanoparticles that greatly bolster vaccine responses by targeting lymph nodes, where most immune reaction occurs.Currently, all other adjuvants (compounds added to boost ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Discovery on measles could spur less toxic cancer cure


November 6th, 2011 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 6 (IANS) A new discovery about the measles virus, arguably the most virulent pathogen which afflicts 10 million children worldwide, could also help spur less toxic cancer treatments.The ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Antibiotic shows promise in silencing resistant bugs


October 30th, 2011 - 1:15 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 30 (IANS) Antibiotics are still the primary mode of overcoming infections but they are becoming less and less effective against bugs causing them, new research says.A University of ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Harmful gut bug inspires robotics design


August 4th, 2011 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 4 (IANS) A bug that triggers one of the most prevalent gastro-intestinal diseases globally is inspiring scientists to develop robots that can fight infections and even help in ... Read more...

Posted in World |

4,000 goats die in China after vaccination


June 15th, 2011 - 4:39 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, June 15 (IANS) Over 4,000 goats have died in eastern China after they received goat-pox vaccine, Xinhua reported Wednesday.The incident took place in Rudong county of Jiangsu province. The ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Bean sprouts possible source for E. coli outbreak


June 6th, 2011 - 8:44 am ICT by IANS
Berlin, June 6 (IANS) German authorities said bean sprouts might be the "most convincing" source for the E. coli outbreak that has led to the death of 22 people and ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Genomics-social network combo can halt disease outbreaks


May 23rd, 2011 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, May 23 (IANS) Combining bacterial genome sequencing technology with social networking analysis can help public health officials track and halt epidemics more effectively.And while it may sound like ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Fungal disease hits willow trees in Himachal


March 8th, 2011 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, March 8 (IANS) A fungal disease has seriously affected willow plantations in forests of Himachal Pradesh's remote Lahaul Valley, prompting the government to consider introducing new varieties of ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Climate change affecting safety of world’s food supplies: Study


February 22nd, 2011 - 2:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 22 (ANI): A Michigan State University professor has said that climate change is already having an effect on the safety of the world's food supplies and unless action is taken ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Acne bug ‘could be the cause of infections’


January 12th, 2011 - 4:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 12 (ANI): A new study has said that P. acnes already within the body may be the cause of infections.The researchers insisted that people diagnosed incorrectly may go on to ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New approach to study potentially deadly disease-causing bacteria


December 24th, 2010 - 6:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 24 (ANI): Scientists have developed a new approach to study potentially deadly disease-causing bacteria, which could help speed up the process of finding vaccines.Andrea Dowling from the University of Exeter ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New breakthrough paves way for vaccines against pneumonia, meningitis


November 12th, 2010 - 1:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 12 (ANI): Scientists in Dublin and Leicester have announced a new breakthrough in the fight against pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia.The discovery will lead to a dramatic shift in our understanding ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

World’s largest marine virus is ‘major player in ocean ecosystems’


October 26th, 2010 - 4:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 26 (ANI): Researchers at UBC have identified the world's largest marine virus that infects an ecologically important and widespread planktonic predator.Cafeteria roenbergensis virus boasts genetic complexity that blurs the distinction ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New TB pathogen discovered


October 1st, 2010 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 1 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a new tuberculosis (TB) species in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, a group of pathogens that have adapted by using mammals as hosts.It has been nearly ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Insect bites kill 13 in China (Lead)


September 10th, 2010 - 10:08 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Sep 10 (IANS) At least 13 people have died and over 180 people have fallen ill after being bitten by blood-sucking insects in China, officials said Friday. A total of 182 people ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Genetic variant linked to TB susceptibility in Africans identified


August 9th, 2010 - 2:20 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 9 (ANI): Using a technique known as a genome-wide association (GWA) study, scientists have identified a genetic variant which increases susceptibility to tuberculosis (TB) in African populations.This is the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Hong Kong asks people not to eat meat products


August 2nd, 2010 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS
Hong Kong, Aug 2 (IANS) Hong Kong authorities Monday advised people not to eat ready-to-eat meat products produced in Canada, as they suspect those may be contaminated with bacteria. The Centre for Food ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

White button mushrooms ‘keep immune system healthy’


July 30th, 2010 - 2:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 30 (ANI): White button mushrooms enhance the activity of critical cells in the body's immune system, Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-funded scientists have found.The animal-model and cell-culture study was conducted at ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Meet the women who analyses people’s DNA to arrive at a perfect match!


July 11th, 2010 - 4:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 11 (ANI): Thirty three-year-old Tamara Brown is a behavioural geneticist and entrepreneur running GenePartner, a firm determining biological compatibility on the basis of DNA for dating agencies.Clients submit a ... Read more...

Posted in World |

New path for novel Alzheimer’s therapies found


May 21st, 2010 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 21 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a new Alzheimer's-related mechanism that could give rise to the development of new therapies against this disease.The novelty lies in a new mechanism through which ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Faster salmonella detection now possible with new technique


May 5th, 2010 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 5 (ANI): Using a new technology, a scientist is working on a faster method to detect and genetically identify salmonella from contaminated foods.Byron Brehm-Stecher, an Iowa State University researcher, wants ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Boffins prefer needles to tablets for global vaccinations


April 27th, 2010 - 4:10 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 27 (ANI): A new discovery by researchers at the Trudeau Institute may pave the way for the delivery of more effective vaccines to prevent chronic parasitic worm infections.Dr. Markus Mohrs ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Chicken antibodies may help prevent H5N1 pandemic


April 20th, 2010 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 20 (ANI): A new research has shown that antibodies in common eggs laid by hens vaccinated against the H5N1 virus can potentially prevent a possible H5N1 pandemic.According to researchers, their ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

How plants identify and block invading bacteria


March 4th, 2010 - 4:35 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 4 (ANI): A new study is trying to understand how plants defend themselves from bacterial infections, which may help scientists understand how people and other animals could be better protected ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

El Nino killed Costa Rican toad, not global warming


March 2nd, 2010 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 2 (ANI): A new study has determined that global warming not kill the Monteverde golden toad of Costa Rica, an often-cited example of climate-triggered extinction, but the culprits were El ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New tool prevents bug manifestations in computer software


January 28th, 2010 - 4:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 28 (ANI): Scientists from Dependable Systems Lab at EPFL have developed a novel tool that would help prevent bug manifestations in computer software.The latest version of Dimmunix, developed by a ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Virus may help infuse goods traits in crops


January 5th, 2010 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 5 (ANI): Scientists for Texas AgriLife Research have found a virus that can be used to inculcate goods traits into the crops the plant breeders are developing.According to lead researchers ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Scientists jam bacterial chat to fight virulent infections


December 25th, 2009 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 25 (IANS) An enzyme capable of disrupting bacterial chats offers a novel way of fighting infections, says a new study. Although bacteria are simple single-celled organisms, they are capable of ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Scientists expose biology of emergent Salmonella


December 1st, 2009 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 1 (ANI): Scientists have characterised a new multi drug resistant strain of Salmonella Typhimurium that is causing life-threatening disease in Africa.Such type of Salmonella bug normally causes diarrhoea and is ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

What makes pandemic H1N1 tick


November 17th, 2009 - 5:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, November 17 (ANI): Scientist have come one step closer to understanding why the pandemic H1N1 virus, commonly known as "swine flu," is lower than expected in older adults as it continues ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

How to increase safety of smoked salmon


October 25th, 2009 - 12:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 25 (ANI): Smoking salmon at adequately high temperatures is a step in reducing the risk of Listeria monocytogenes in the fish, says a new study.Smoked salmon is produced by salting, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Ciggie smoke ‘weakens lungs’ natural defense against harmful pathogen’


October 24th, 2009 - 1:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 24 (ANI): Exposure to cigarette smoke might weaken immune cells' ability to remove bacterial infections from the lungs, specifically nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHI), a pathogen often associated with respiratory infections ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

New discovery may help improve vaccine efficacy for elderly


October 6th, 2009 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 6 (ANI): Scientists from Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, New York have identified a potential target that could help boost immune system function in older individuals.The decreases in immune system ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

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