A form of motor neuron disease that affects children has been treated in mice with injections of stem cells into the spinal cord. The treatment extended the lives of the mice beyond and kept them more mobile, giving hope that similar approaches might help people.
The treated mice were bred to... Read More
For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. Recent failures led many scientists to think such a vaccine might never be possible.
The vaccine cut the risk of becoming infected with HI... Read More
Concern of a bacteria contamination has pushed McNeil Consumer Healthcare (a Johnson & Johnson company) along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a voluntary recall of several types of Children’s TYLENOL.
An electronic letter dated September 18 states:
The company has imple... Read More
Federal environmental regulators have sued the parent company of outdoor clothing company The North Face, alleging that shoes marketed as anti-bacterial violated federal pesticide laws.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed the lawsuit Tuesday against San Leandro-based VF Outdoor Inc... Read More
In areas where malaria mosquitoes have become resistant to chemical pesticides, mosquito-killing fungi can be an effective tool. Fungal spores can effectively infect and kill malaria mosquitoes, even those that are resistant to pesticides. Moreover, the mosquitoes become more susceptible to the ... Read More
Doctors are not well armed in the fight against antibiotic-resitant bacteria. It is very difficult – or, in the worst case, impossible – to fight such infections. A team of researchers in Münster has now developed a unique nanotechnology material that kills antibiotic-resitant bacteria.
Resea... Read More
A short video detailing China's vaccination program for H1N1. Over 10,000 children have already been vaccinated and there are plans to prepare for vaccinating 5% of the overall population. Read More
There has been debate among Americans regarding the benefits of space-based research. That debate may well be over due to a recent announcement from the Astrogenetix Company based in Austin, Texas. A vaccine for salmonella may go to human trials as early as next year. If these trials are appr... Read More
As health care workers in the U.S. gear up for the flu season, they facea paradox: on the one hand, they will have too little vaccine against the novel influenza A (H1N1) strain to protect the entire population; on the other, some people will resist the shots that are offered to them. Sadly, bot... Read More
Bacteria commonly used to indicate health risks in recreational waters might not be so reliable after all. Pathogenic E. coli were pervasive in stream-water samples with low concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria.
This is one of the unexpected findings from recent research that may affect... Read More
Significant weaknesses undermine the global community's abilities to prevent, detect early, and respond efficiently to potentially deadly species-crossing microbes, such as the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus sweeping the globe, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Researc... Read More
UN report says pandemic may result in anarchy unless western world pays for antiviral drugs and vaccines
The swine flu pandemic could kill millions and cause anarchy in the world's poorest nations unless £900m can be raised from rich countries to pay for vaccines and antiviral medicines, says... Read More
Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) may be one of the world's cuter critters, but that doesn't mean they have it easy. Not only have koala populations become heavily fragmented due to habitat loss, they face numerous threats that they never encountered before: household cats and dogs frequently kill... Read More
Managers at the National Institutes of Health are increasingly ignoring the advice of scientific review panels and giving hundreds of millions of dollars a year to scientists whose projects are deemed less scientifically worthy than those denied money.
Many of the favored recipients are “new ... Read More
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers are part of an international team that has discovered a genetic variation that could identify those people infected with hepatitis C who are most likely to benefit from current treatments.
Dr Melanie Bahlo and Dr Max Moldovan from the institute's Bi... Read More
A microscopic fungus by the name of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd, is killing Central American frogs as a rate that is more alarming that once believed.
"The fungus is devastating to frogs because it infects the skin, a much more important organ in amphibians than in other vertebrate... Read More
Besides the vaccines aimed at preventing flu, new drugs are on the way to treat it once it strikes. But it is not clear whether they will arrive in time to make a difference in thwarting the H1N1 flu pandemic.
New drugs are needed, researchers say, because there are now only four approved flu... Read More
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have devised a new method called Tn-seq for rapidly identifying genes that are crucial for survival of bacteria – cutting the time it takes to pinpoint promising new vaccine and drug targets from years to weeks.
In an article published in th... Read More
Parents like the author of this article are facing a series of hard choices as flu season begins this fall...
I sent my 11-year-old son to school today with a stuffy nose and mild cough, as I've done countless times in the past. Now, though, I'm wondering whether I should have kept him home. ... Read More