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Parkinsons Disease Mechanism Identified

... of the disease, in which a mitochondria-affecting toxin called MPTP is used to produce Parkinsons-like brain pathology. In earlier studies, they had found that MPTP activates protein-snipping enzymes called calpains in mitochondria. They also found evidence that calpains, in turn, activate a cellular sw...

Cell Toxin Inhibits Survival Protein in Cancer Cells

A chemically-modified version of a mitochondrial toxin long used to control species of invasive fish in lakes has been found to selectively inhibit two "survival proteins in cancer cells. The research is a first step toward developing a molecularly-targeted drug that could eliminate cellular-level res...

Dangers Lurking in the Garden in Britain

...wever, were considered simply exposures; either no toxin was ingested or the amount consumed was too small ...immediately. This often causes the reaction of the toxin urushiol to spread according to Dr. Nelson, of New York University School of Medicine and the New Yo...

Chilly Sauce Linked to Botulism, Forcing Recall in US

...ictims could spend months on ventilators until the toxin wears off. Botulism is rare. The paralyzing illn...e nerve toxins under certain conditions. Botulinum toxin has become so rare in canned foods that Americans may be more familiar with it in a much-diluted for...

China Vows to Improve Food Safety in Wake of Health Scares

...ed States, and another firm blamed for exporting a toxin later used in toothpaste. The announcements come as China faces increasing foreign pressure over the quality of its exports, with US President George W. Bush this week announcing stepped-up efforts to intercept dangerous imports. Bush did not sin...

More and More American Women Go for Facelifts to Get Jobs

...contains a tiny amount of the botulinum toxin. The toxin blocks the transmission of acetylcholine from the nerves to the muscle. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which sends a message to the muscle telling it to contract or tense up. With the flow of acetylcholine blocked or significantly reduced, the...

Pain and Intensity Of Post-stroke Spasticity Decreased by Botox Treatment

... study shows that repeated treatments of botulinum toxin type A over one year is well tolerated and results...t. Our study shows that treatment with botulinum toxin type A can lessen these disabling symptoms without treatment-limiting side effects, which in turn im...

Poisoned Workers of Hindustan Lever Demand Treatment

...d from HLLs lack of understanding of a well known toxin such as mercury, we sought information on toxins in household products such as soaps and detergents, shampoos and sprays manufactured by HLL. Concerns for toxics in HLLs products range from use of cheap industrial cleansers like SLS and SLES on sham...

NIH Study Normal Brain Development in Children Across US

...or concern. A researcher studying an environmental toxin or genetic disease that affects brain development could use the database to help determine where and when development has strayed from its normal course." The study was launched in 1999 in a joint effort by the National Institute of Neurological Di...

US Consumers Warned Against Toxic Chinese Fish

...ould actually be puffer fish containing the deadly toxin tetrodotoxin. The warning comes in the backdrop of reports that two people in Chicago became ill after eating soup made with the fish. One was taken to hospital. While the FDA allows puffer fish to be imported into the US, it is only under strict...

Understanding Why C. Difficile Causes Disease -- It's Hungry

...ult disease to treat. "The genes responsible for toxin production only seem to be expressed during period...ebec. The highly virulent strain has a much higher toxin production which leads to more destructive and deadly disease, says Vivian Loo of McGill University....

Genome of Botulism Bacterium Revealed

...nt clostridia are from each other." C. botulinum toxin stops nerves from working - the basis of its use in medicine to control tremors and in cosmetic treatments. For the prey of its opportunistic attacks, death is swift. Perhaps the most important tool it has to act out its stealth attacks is its abilit...

Panama Official Arrested Over Tainted Medicine Deaths of 100

...ina and exported to Panama contained levels of the toxin that were not harmful to humans, Wei said. Some of the toothpaste was then re-exported to the Dominican Republic. No reports of poisoning from the toothpaste have yet surfaced....

Dystonia Awareness Week: 4 -11 June, 2007

...ptions ranging from drugs and the recent Botulinum toxin (Botox) injection to corrective surgery gives the doctors choices and helps in tailor-making the right treatment for a person. Physical therapy, that includes structured exercises for the affected part, is useful in focal dystonias. Enrolling in ...

Vaccines On Your Plate

... has recently been mapped. The plants produced the toxin and when the rice grains were fed to mice they provoked immunity from the diarrhea-causing bacterium. The bacteria that cause cholera infect the gut and causes bloody stools. Nearly 200,000 cases of cholera occur each year in Africa, India and Russ...

More and More American Women Go for Facelifts to Get Jobs

...contains a tiny amount of the botulinum toxin. The toxin blocks the transmission of acetylcholine from the nerves to the muscle. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which sends a message to the muscle telling it to contract or tense up. With the flow of acetylcholine blocked or significantly reduced, the...

Brazil Spider Offers Hope for Those Suffering from Erectile Dysfunction

...earlier step in the erection process. Somehow, the toxin ups the amount of nitric oxide, which sort of sets into motion an erection. The scientists suggest that a combination of a synthetic version of the spider venom with a drug like Viagra would result in a magnified effect. “So the combination of the...

Norwegian Glacier Shrinks and Marine Life Poisoned as the Globe Warms

...Huntington beach noted, "The concentration of the toxin is so great this year that we haven't had a chance... react to it. Normally we're able to flush out the toxin with a treatment regimen ... This year they're just coming in dead." Humans can't be harmed by swi...

Botox Could Curb Excessive Sweating too

...contains a tiny amount of the botulinum toxin. The toxin blocks the transmission of acetylcholine from the nerves to the muscle. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which send a message to the muscle telling it to contract or tense up. With the flow of acetylcholine blocked or significantly reduced, the ...

Flesh-eating Bugs Surface in Singapore

...tle is known about M.ulcerans. Ulcerans produces a toxin that breaks down tissue under the skin. Untreated, it spreads inexorably, creating terrible ulcers. It is fairly common in West Africa, where there has been an estimated 10,000 cases in the last decade. It has attacked people virulently in some pa...

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