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Treating HIV in war zones -- Public health emergencies need rapid advice from WHO

... by the WHO in order to advise countries that were dealing with avian influenza A (H5N1) infection. Typically, the most rigorous clinical practice guidelines take two years or more to develop. The laborious process involves convening experts who search for and appraise all the relevant research literatu...

Bypassing eggs, flu vaccine grown in insect cells shows promise

...ed hundreds of millions of fertilized eggs, you’re dealing with a whole host of agricultural issues, as well as scientific concerns regarding the flu virus itself. Flu viruses can be temperamental, and it’s not always an easy matter to get the virus to grow as you want in eggs.? The use of cell culture sys...

Researchers discover genetic cause for word-finding disease

...scussed in an editorial in the journal. "We're dealing with one of the most puzzling phenomenons in neurology," said Mesulam, director of Northwestern's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center. "Here is a disease that specifically attacks the language part of the brain on the left side. What m...

Stopping plants from getting sick

... He then went to university to learn the tools for dealing with fungal infections of both plants and animals. Thirty years later, after a lifetime of work in both farmer's fields and the scientific field of fungal biology, Kronstad is being honoured for his work by the American Association for the Advance...

How to manage forests in hurricane impact zones

...following a hurricane event are divided into those dealing with immediate outcomes (short-term) and those managing the recovery (long-term). "If disturbances such as major hurricanes are in the threat matrix of an area, policies and procedures should be in place to manage effects," says Stanturf. "The i...

The influence of the menstrual cycle on the female brain

...ventral striatum, whereas in women, it is a region dealing with emotions, the amygdalo-hippocampal region, which is the most highly activated. These conclusions could be applied to rewards other than monetary. Take receptiveness and desire, for example, two qualities that are supposed to facilitate procrea...

MIT: Pulsing light silences overactive neurons

... That inhibitory effect may be extremely useful in dealing with diseases caused by out-of-control neuron firing, said Boyden. "In such diseases, inhibition is more direct than excitation, because you can shut down neural circuits that are behaving erratically," he said. Many epilepsy patients have implant...

Stress hormones may play new role in speeding up cancer growth

...rs for these hormones are well-known to clinicians dealing with high-blood-pressure patients. Typically, such patients are given a class of drugs known as beta-blockers which lead to a lowering of blood pressure levels. Glaser and Yang wanted to see how these same drugs affected these tumor cells. They ad...

Fake pesticides threaten food safety

...ul action PSD have already taken against companies dealing in illegal pesticides. Twenty-four companies were issued with warnings in October at the British Crop Protection Conference in Glasgow for illegally promoting products. But Peter Sanguinetti, CEO of the UK Crop Protection Association (CPA) is quic...

Are genomic technologies the answer to world hunger?

...nd research on the role of genomic technologies in dealing with food insecurity. The importance of these voices is explained by other speakers at the conference who highlight the complex negotiation of priorities by the different groups involved in these research decisions that usually exclude the poor who ...

'Protecting virus' offers instant flu protection and converts flu infections into their own vaccines

...strain or mutation. This has obvious benefits when dealing with the sudden outbreak of a major epidemic, as one would not need to know the exact make up of the new strain before deploying the protecting virus making it much more useful than vaccines, which are effective only against particular existing strai...

Caterpillars tell us how bacteria cause disease

...arily might be masked by more potent factors (when dealing with the whole bacterium), but by using insects instead it will also help reduce the number of mammals, such as rats and mice, needed in future genomics research. It also provides a safer method for researchers working with dangerous strains of bacte...

Mars mission Risk 29: Scientists research ways to reduce radiation-induced brain damage

... Norfolk, Va. "That eventually could help patients dealing with conditions that cause dementia." The idea of a manned mission to Mars has captured the imagination for decades, and gained force after the Astronaut Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon in 1969. But flying to Mars, even without human...

Technique speeds up detecting, treating wound bacteria

...personnel to figure out just what bacteria they're dealing with. "The big advantage of real-time PCR is that we get quantitative information and accurate identification on the organisms in five hours or so, whereas the current procedure--culturing and identifying organisms by biochemical activity, etc.--ca...

Common molecular 'signature' identified in solid tumors

...d will give us more precise and less toxic ways of dealing with cancer than we have today ?even considering some of our new, molecularly-targeted therapies." Support from the research came from the National Cancer Institute, the Italian Ministry of Public Health, the Italian Ministry of University Research T...

HIV vaccine takes different tack to boosting immune response

... altogether. "A lot of vaccines work very well in dealing with some pathogens, but for HIV, the natural immune response usually fails," said Dr. Si-Yi Chen, associate professor at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at BCM and senior author of the study. "The natural immune regulator may not allow the immu...

Genome changes tracked during multiple myeloma initiation, progression and treatment

...levance. "This story clearly indicates that we are dealing with the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the universe of cancer genes," says Dr. DePinho. ...

Paleontologists learn how not to become a fossil

...g. The PNAS co-authors suggest three remedies for dealing with the weaknesses they've documented in the fossil record. First, leave out the poorly documented groups. "Set some kind of cutoff on the quality of the record you're going to include in your analysis," Jablonski said. "Sometimes focusing on the mo...

U-M scientists identify major psoriasis susceptibility gene

...ion in the MHC, because it's on the front lines of dealing with pathogens and cancer," Elder explains. "It's an area where it's good to be different. If everybody were the same, we'd be like hybrid corn. A plague could come along and wipe us all out." Scientists have been searching for genes associated with...

On a fly's wing, scientists tally evolution's winners and losses

...e Lupski segment because he has spent so much time dealing with that portion of the genome in his effort to identify gene mutations that result in disease. They sought his expertise on the chromosome. Chromosome 17 is particularly rich in disease genes such as BRCA1 (the first identified breast cancer gene)...

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