From an advice column in the San Diego Reader:
"Hey, Matt: Why does all seafood smell the same, even though it comes from such different kinds of animals (mollusks, arthropods, vertebrates)? Okay, so maybe it doesn’t all smell exactly the same, but similar. The only thing all those creatures ... Read More
According to the American College Health Association, instances of swine flu have jumped, with 7,696 new cases reported in the week of September 12-18. Read the weekly report at their website. Read More
Injectable vaccines containing inactivated viruses prevent about 50% more seasonal flu in healthy adults than the intranasal vaccine containing a weakened virus, according to a new report today in the New England Journal of Medicine.*
"We have two effective vaccines," said Dr. Arnold S. Monto... Read More
Confusing directions on liquid suspensions of the antiviral drug Tamiflu may inadvertantly cause parents to give their children either too little of the drug, impeding the child's recovery, or a toxic overdose, physicians warned today in a letter published in the online version of the New Englan... Read More
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
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