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Simple home spit test to spot deadly pre-eclampsia

...vary urate test is simple, non-invasive, quick and cheap and can be done at any time. As a metabolic test independent of blood pressure, it may obviate the need for hospital admission,' said retired hospital rheumatologist Brian Owen-Smith, who invented the test. The trial, which will eventually involve...

Soft-cell approach cuts animal tests

...cytes can be chosen. The in vitro technique is cheap and portable, so scientists can measure immediate toxicity events, rather than waiting for toxicity to be expressed as organ or organism failure many months or even years down the track from initial exposure. The application of in vitro methods c...

New biofuels process promises to meet all US transportation needs

...ire research in two areas: finding ways to produce cheap hydrogen from carbon-free sources and developing a new type of gasifier needed for the process. "Having said that, this is the first concept for creating a sustainable system that derives all of our transportation fuels from biomass," Agrawal said...

Researchers discover surprising drug that blocks malaria

...ion, blood pressure medication like propranolol is cheap and safe for use even in pregnant women, a group particularly vulnerable to malaria. "We're working on developing a unique drug that would combine anti-malarial drugs with blood pressure medication. We think it has a high likelihood of success," H...

A healthier start to a pig's life

... could reach the market very soon. It will be both cheap and very effective," says Prof. Pierzynowski. "We will be explaining to farmers the advantages of its use in extremely small, carefully calculated amounts for this very short period, which will stimulate maturing of the digestive tract without causin...

Cornell researcher helping develop quick, cheap HIV/AIDS test

...searcher is working to develop a quick, simple and cheap immune-system test for people in the developing world. It could help HIV/AIDS sufferers in the poorest countries get appropriate treatment to extend their lives, possibly by as much as 10 to 15 years. The work is part of an $8.6 million internationa...

Immunization rates hit record high in poor countries

...Or, more accurately, tiny droplets of sweet whey—a cheap waste product of cheese production, inoculated with the right concentrations of the target fungus—will be their factory. By spraying the whey solution into an infected forest, they believe they can get the adelgid-killing fungi to reproduce in large ...

Fungal factories may save hemlock forests

...Or, more accurately, tiny droplets of sweet whey—a cheap waste product of cheese production, inoculated with the right concentrations of the target fungus—will be their factory. By spraying the whey solution into an infected forest, they believe they can get the adelgid-killing fungi to reproduce in large ...

Edible coatings will be the packaging of the future

...mesquite gum". Mesquite gum, an efficacious and cheap solution To test the efficacy of the edible coatings compared to synthetic packaging, Javier Osés prepared a number of samples of milk serum protein films, of mesquite gum and of starch, and stored them for six months at different humidity levels....

Silver bullet: UGA researchers use laser, nanotechnology to rapidly detect viruses

...ogy is that it's very easy to implement, it's very cheap and it's very reproducible." Tripp said the technique is so powerful that it has the potential to detect a single virus particle and can also discern virus subtypes and those with mutations such as gene insertions and deletions. This specificity m...

Hope for major advance in fighting world killer disease

...e usually given oral rehydration therapy, which is cheap and puts back fluids lost by diarrhoea. But disease caused by EPEC and Shigella does not usually respond to oral rehydration therapy. They are much more severe forms of the disease and even if they don't kill they can often inflict irreversible dama...

Caterpillars tell us how bacteria cause disease

...plore thanks to this new method. It has given us a cheap and easy way of mapping bacterial virulence factors across an entire genome. This will allow us to rapidly and inexpensively bridge the enormous knowledge gap that has grown in the post-genomic era where it has become possible to sequence a whole bac...

MIT designs portable 'lab on a chip'

...aiting for the results. The chips are so small and cheap to make that they could be designed to be disposable, Bazant said, or they could be made implantable. Potential applications are not limited to military use - imagine going to a doctor's office and getting test results immediately. The technology ...

Recycled paper and compost could both be key tools to control plant disease

...als that are going to replace peat have to be very cheap or waste by-products. So, paper wastes fit this bill in terms of being cheap and they also hold a lot of water, which is what you need for plant growth". The suppression of pl...

Ozone recovering, but unlikely to stabilize at pre-1980 levels, says study

...ds work at the molecular level may one day lead to cheap and simple ways to bulk up crop harvests. Likewise, since low brassinolide levels are associated with dwarfism, manipulating hormone levels during dormant seasons may allow growers to control the height of grasses, trees or other plants, thereby eli...

Salk scientists untangle steroid hormone signaling in plants

...ds work at the molecular level may one day lead to cheap and simple ways to bulk up crop harvests. Likewise, since low brassinolide levels are associated with dwarfism, manipulating hormone levels during dormant seasons may allow growers to control the height of grasses, trees or other plants, thereby eli...

K-Staters design and build a low-cost remote sensing tool for environmental studies

...ings," Ham said. "We want them to be comparatively cheap to build and operate. They'll provide a data-collection tool that offers tremendous flexibility to users. We're really developing a new tool for researchers that will allow them to go out and comprehensively map the vegetation in a field-sized area, ...

Lack of basic research putting patients at risk

..., yet much of this research is easy and relatively cheap to do, so why has it not been done, he asks? He calls into question whether medical academia, in its current form, is properly fit for purpose. He believes that medical academia must improve its performance or, less preferably, be forced by politic...

Human albumin from tobacco plants

...y interested in marketing it. An efficacious and cheap alternative Commercial albumin is currently extracted from blood, but the lack of sufficient reserves to cover all worldwide needs has instigated researchers to look for new formulae to multiply this protein. One of the methods most used has been t...

Low-cost drug gaining favor for use in HIV-infected children in poor countries

...oxazole is gaining wide acceptance. "It's a very cheap strategy," he said, "and the drug is very available, a lot more available in many areas where antiretroviral drugs are not around." Cotrimoxazole is not a substitute for antiretroviral treatment, but the antibiotic may be a good stopgap measure unti...

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