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Brain diseases an outcome of cannibalism

The main cause of deadly brain-wasting diseases might be just what the researchers have for long been prodding into - Cannibalism. Abnormal proteins called the prions resultantly cause a brain-wasting disease called Creutzfeld Jacob disease (CJD) and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease in humans. The presence of this protein causes other proteins to be clumped together. CJD is u...

New Study Questions Cannibalism As A Worldwide Selective Force

A team of scientists reports that 'mad cow'-like diseases have not been a major force in human history, nor have been cannibalistic rituals that are known to be associated with disease transmission.// ..In a new study published by the journal Genome Research, Prof. Jaume Bertranpetit at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and his colleagues used a fresh set of genetic data to show that balancing selec...

Smuggled Birds To Bali Culled Due To Bird Flu Fear

Following detection of bird flu in ducks on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, health officials have culled more than hundred ducks due to fear of bird flu// . The birds had been smuggled to Bali from the adjacent Java Island, reported Anak Agung Gde Putra, senior government veterinarian. ..More than 24 bird flu related deaths have been reported in Indonesia, the World’s most populous nation. In...

Pregabalin Proves Durable Pain Relief Option for Fibromyalgia

Pregabalin, typically used to treat nerve pain or seizures, appears to offer extended pain relief for those with fibromyalgia, according to research presented this week at// the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC. ....Fibromyalgia is an often misunderstood syndrome that causes widespread chronic muscle pain and tenderness in 2 percent of the U.S. popula...

Male Fish Cannibalize Its Own Offspring Than Female

A study of fish by researchers from the February issue of the American Naturalist is the first to demonstrate that male fish are more likely// to eat their offspring when they have been cuckolded during the act of spawning. .."The most drastic decision a father can make is to cannibalize his own offspring," writes Suzanne Gray (Ph.D. candidate at Simon Fraser University), Lawrence Dill (Simon Fr...

Cannibalistic Signals Help Mammalian Embryos Develop Normally

A process called autophagy spurs dying embryonic stem cells to send cannibalistic signals to have their corpses purged, a last gasp that paves the way for normal mammalian// development. ....Autophagy is the way cells devour their own unwanted or damaged parts. It was known to be active in cell death that occurs during normal embryonic development, but its precise role was unclear. ....Some tho...

Bali Bombings Helped Improve Trauma Care

The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in a recent report, says that health specialists were able to offer better mental health support to the victims of the 2005 Bali bombings, thanks to improved procedures and services introduced after the first explosions in 2002. ...Staff at the Royal Darwin Hospital who treated many of the casualties was also recipients of vital personal supp...
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