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New bacterium discovered -- related to cause of trench fever

...for example, AIDS patients are cautioned about the dangers of cat scratches and exposure to body lice. Medical staff should know to look for Bartonella infections if someone with a persistent, unexplained high fever has a cat, has been homeless or has been in the Andes Mountains. “As we continue to dis...

Quitting smoking reduces risk of lung cancer mortality by 70 percent

... through campaigns to alert current smokers to the dangers of their habit." Dr Huxley added. "Effective action in Asia would help to head off a significant part of the projected one billion deaths from smoking that will otherwise occur around the world this century," she said. The APCSC is conducting t...

The subtleties of tropical forest demise

...addition to documenting a range of new and growing dangers to tropical forests, much attention is focused on strategies for mitigating and alleviating the emerging threats. "We designed this book for a very broad audience," said Laurance. "It's for anyone interested in the fate and survival of tropical ec...

First biomarker for human sleepiness identified in fruit flies

...pe this finding will get people thinking about the dangers and costs of sleep deprivation," says lead author Paul J. Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology. "If you're feeling sleepy on your way over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house, it's much better to pull over and find a pl...

US infant mortality rate fails to improve

... nine months of gestation. Women should avoid the dangers to the fetus of smoking, as maternal smoking is associated with higher infant mortality rates and increased risk of preterm and low birthweight births. The March of Dimes also urges women to take a multivitamin containing folic acid prior to and duri...

Innovative method for creating a human cytomegalovirus vaccine outlined

...syndrome, or neural tube defects. Because of the dangers posed by the virus to infants, the Institute of Medicine has declared that development of a CMV vaccine should be one of the highest priorities for vaccine makers. Now, in a new study in the August 1 issue of The Journal of Virology, researchers at T...

Global study shows all tobacco bad for the heart

... effective action to protect their people from the dangers of tobacco." "People around the world should pay...tant study documenting the powerful and persistent dangers of tobacco use worldwide," said Dr. Peter Liu, scientific director for CIHR's Institute of Circulato...

BGSU biologist trying to crack microscopic code

...ibiotics, he points out. While keeping potential dangers out, the outer membrane must also be porous enough to allow nutrients in, he continues. As an analogy, he cites a house with a yard and a chain-link fence that "keeps the dogs out of the roses but lets the butterflies through." A short distance sep...

Chromosomal abnormalities in sperm higher after vasectomy reversal

... same men. This will help us understand what the dangers are. But in the meantime, I think that doctors need to be very aware of the possibility that babies born after vasectomy reversal may have problems." Their findings may not affect babies conceived naturally after such a procedure, says Professor ...

Psychotropic drug prescriptions for teens surge 250 percent over 7 year period

... widespread public educational campaigns about the dangers of antibiotic resistance due to overuse of these drugs. "The dramatic increase in prescribing of psychotropic medications is of considerable concern, particularly because these medications are not without risks," Thomas said. ...

Researchers discover way to transport environmental arsenic to plant leaves in new clean-up strategy

... thousands of sites where arsenic presents serious dangers to human health. The research was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Other authors of the paper include Om Parkash Dhankher and Elizabeth McKinney from the department of genetics at UGA and Barry Rosen of W...

One in 14 men having a heart attack drive themselves to hospital

... "It is essential that people are warned of the dangers of driving when they are obviously unwell and encouraged to call an ambulance immediately if they suspect they are having a heart attack" concludes Dr O'Donnell. "And it's also time to challenge the image of the typical male heart attack victim. ...

Flu not the only germ threat this time of year

...rsity of Rochester Medical Center have tracked the dangers from one of the most common bugs, RSV, and they say the threat to some groups of people, such as the elderly, equals that from flu. Even though flu gets all the press, RSV is a stealth bug worthy of attention too. Ann Falsey, M.D., and Edward Walsh,...

Brainstem blocks pain to protect key behaviors

...difficult situation. "Escaping pain and potential dangers may be important protective behaviors, but eating, drinking, and eliminating wastes are absolutely essential," said study author Peggy Mason, Ph.D., professor in the department of neurobiology, pharmacology and physiology (NPP) at the University of C...

Prescription pain patch abuse blamed for increase in deaths

...ibed the patch must be made aware of the potential dangers of misuse, Goldberger added. Florida Department of Law Enforcement records cited in the UF study, presented this month in Orlando at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, show abuse of the patch resulted in the death of 1...

Research suggests fitness of Florida panthers improved by limited breeding with Texas animals

...hers migrate into areas with "fewer cats but other dangers from human settlement," Pimm said. "Young males get into trouble whatever species they are." Pimm acknowledged the hybrid panthers are genetically different from purebreds. But he and his co-authors noted that the federal government has decided that...

Endocannabinoids ?the brain's cannabis ?demonstrate novel modes of action to stress

... are similar to marijuana, except for the possible dangers of accidentally using the natural products at higher dosages." Scottish team seeks social behavior answers Nancy Sabatier of the University of Edinburgh, noted that "cannabis, or marijuana, is a drug that is widely abused because of the effects it ...

Transgenic plants remove more selenium from polluted soil than wild plants, new tests show

...d animals, but it becomes toxic at high doses. The dangers of selenium toxicity came to light in the 1980s when biologists discovered that irrigation drain water held at the Kesterson Reservoir in the San Joaquin Valley was causing serious deformities in birds. The researchers say cleaning up the sediment i...

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