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Structure of TB Enzyme Points the Way to New Drugs: Study

...t stage. What's more, some virulent strains of the airborne germ have emerged that are extensively drug resistant. Pieters said that the new drugs by targeting different pathways than those used by existing antibiotics should side-step various problems with these drugs, specifically their inability to destr...

Canadian Cancer Society Calls for Ban on Asbestos

...er materials that prevent the fibers from becoming airborne and inhaled. The Canadian Cancer Society wants Ottawa to adopt a comprehensive strategy on asbestos that would: - Inform workers of the dangers of working and removing asbestos. - Develop a national surveillance system to track related diseases. - ...

New Device Developed to Eliminate Superbugs Within Minutes

...adicals produced through natural reactions between airborne ozone and organic scented chemicals from plants such as pine trees, instantly kill microbes. Now, Macdonald, Elwood and collaborators claim to have recreated this effect using a customised device the size of a flower vase that constantly generates ...

Northern Forests Less Effective Than Tropical Forests in Reducing Global Warming

...arch team compared the air samples to estimates of airborne carbon dioxide concentrations generated by the com...d that the models significantly underestimated the airborne concentrations of carbon dioxide in northern latitudes, especially in the summertime when plants tak...

Taj Mahal is Enveloped by Pollution and a Foul Smell

...g Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture said airborne particles were being deposited on the monument's white marble surface, giving it a yellow tinge. (ANI)...

Allergic Individuals Should Keep Away from Cats, Say UK Scientists

...resent on very small particles that readily become airborne when disturbed and are easily inhaled. When a person experiences an allergic response, a chemical called human immunoglobulin, or IgE, produced by the immune system in response to the presence of allergens such as cat hair, binds to specific recept...

Children Using Slide in Playground Treated for Exposure to Poisoning

... it was then warned. Soil often is contaminated by airborne lead particles that drop to the ground and become "a persistent, hard to remove component of the dust matrix." Playground equipment is another possible source of lead contamination, a study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed....

Out of Reach may Not Always Save You from Catching Cold

...ensland University of Technology has revealed that airborne viruses can spread far and wide . Professor Lidia Morawska, director of QUT's International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, said the study dispelled the myth that viruses emitted from humans only travel a metre in the air. Professor Moraw...

Tower of London Facing Pollution Threat

... stone stored in the towers basementsand away from airborne pollution. Placed there through the ages during repairs, the stone provided the team with a timeline of discoloration. Yet finding the source of the problem led Brimblecombe and his colleagues to another track record of pollution: Patches of black ...

New Strains of TB Can Be Used as a Powerful Bioterror Weapon

...ry would bring. 'The disease is communicated via airborne droplets. It has no color, odor or heat content that would alert you to avoid breathing. For example, an effective infection with anthrax requires between 8,000-10,000 particles. TB infection only requires an inoculum of 2-3 particles,' explains Dr. ...

Australian PM Wants to Prevent Entry of HIV Positive and Leprosy Affected People

...tedly told the Prime Minister that HIV, unlike the airborne disease tuberculosis, is not highly contagious, and that blocking entry to HIV-positive people could be seen as discriminatory.It is believed the departments have told the Prime Minister that immigration has not had a significant impact on HIV infect...

Soot-infused Snow Responsible for Arctic Warming: Study

... to the researchers, humans create the majority of airborne soot through industry and fuel combustion, while forest and open-field fires account for the rest. Previous studies have analyzed dirty snows effect on climate, but this is the first to take into account realistic emissions from forest fires in the...

AMA Calls For Calm Approach To Aged Care Illness Outbreaks

...tbreaks of gastroenteritis are commonly related to airborne viruses in addition to food poisoning so it is important to be sure about the aetiology of such outbreaks. 'The first concern for doctors is to ensure that patients in the affected nursing home are safe. 'Then all steps must be taken to ensure ...

Ireland’s Smoke Ban Seems To Do The Tric

...e to conclude that smoking bans reduce exposure to airborne carcinogens”, he says."However, it's the dose that makes the poison and although second-hand smoke may increase people's exposure to carcinogens, the concentration of particles is usually very small. "A good ventilation system can reduce it even furt...

US States Get Ready to Fight Mercury Pollution

...hin their own borders, the states plan to focus on airborne mercury that drifts into the region from the Midwest, particularly from those states where coal-fired power plants are the prime source of electricity. Under the draft mercury plan announced yesterday, the states would use provisions of the federa...

Family Members Most Often Source of Whooping Cough in Infants

... deaths in the U.S. The disease is spread though airborne droplets that are transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may start as a mild cold or dry cough that persists and eventually worsens. The infected person may look and feel healthy between episodes of coughing. If left untreated, peo...

Airborne Infection Less in Naturally Ventilated Rooms

...um natural ventilation and this lowers the risk of airborne contagion//. The authors said, opening windows a...maximizes natural ventilation and that the risk of airborne contagion is lower than with mechanical ventilation systems. Old-fashioned clinical areas with high ...

South Africa: Nigerian Man Treated for Lassa Fever

...on there is no epidemiological evidence supporting airborne spread between humans. Their statistics show that up to 500 000 cases of Lassa fever are diagnosed in West Africa every year and the fatality rate among hospitalised patients vary between one percent and 15 percent. In addition, Dr Rahman said th...

QUT Scientists on the Way to Sifting Out a Cure for HIV

...or example this technology could be used to filter airborne viruses such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the avian flu virus, both of which are currently a major concern to the international community." He said because the membrane was designed to permit a large flux or flow, it could al...

New Inhaler is Child's Play

...lloon is not touched, which means the drug remains airborne for longer, increasing the time available for inhalation to over two minutes. At a cost of around €30, the child-friendly Watchhaler is about the same price as a mid-range conventional spacer. In 2005, over 22 million people in the US alone had...

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