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NYC's First Rapid HIV Drug-resistant AIDS Case Prompts Call to Step Up HIV Prevention

...by encouraging gay men, in particular, to practice safer sex and use condoms during all sexual encounters." "This case in New York underscores the crucial need to step up collaborative efforts among public health officials, medical providers and AIDS groups to fine tune and develop aggressive, ongoing and...

Antibodies from plants protect against anthrax

...says Baillie. "Plant-produced antibodies are also safer because there is no risk of contamination by human or animal pathogens, and plant viruses are not known to infect humans," says Yusibov. "It is an easy, inexpensive and, very stable system. If you're looking for a way to stockpile a large amount of ...

Artifical cornea lets woman blind 20 years see

... in this area so that we can make the devices even safer and less expensive in the future." Both Afshari and Dohlman agree that their hope is for increased use of keratoprosthesis in the third world. "Worldwide, corneal blindness is a major problem due to infections, fewer physicians and problems with hy...

New winter hulless barley has high protein

...example, producers would obtain higher yields of a safer and higher quality grain that is resistant to Fusarium head blight, commonly referred to as scab. Scab problems have occurred on an annual basis during the past decade, and severe epidemics nearly devastated the crop in Virginia during 1998 and 2003....

Solutions that reduce death of marine life reeled in by International Smart Gear Competition

...become entangled. To create avoidable, detectable, safer gear, the team tinkered with the chemical properties of the ropes. A group of scientists from the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology in India--Dr. M.R. Boopendranath, Dr. P. Pravin, T.R. Gibinkumar and S. Sabu--were recognized as runners up w...

Protein prevents detrimental immune effects of bacterial sepsis

... anti-inflammatory mediator) to develop better and safer drugs." The data for annexin 1 provide a new direction for such therapeutics that delicately balances removal of bacterial toxins and damage to host tissues. ...

NHGRI targets 12 more organisms for genome sequencing

...g this resistance at a molecular level can lead to safer and more effective pesticides and improve human nutrition. The genome of the pea aphid, used extensively as an experimental model, will be a valuable comparison with other insects, such as the closely related insect, Rhodnius prolixus. Another insec...

Research Reveals Functions Of Harmful Shellfish Pathogens

Providing safer shellfish is the goal of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists who are studying the means by which pathogenic bacteria enter shellfish. In the United States, two pathogenic bacteria from the genus Vibrio are of concern: V. vulnificus and V....

Genomic sequences processed in minutes, rather than weeks

...ing us one step closer to curing diseases, finding safer ways to clean the environment and protecting the country against biological threats. ScalaBLAST is a sophisticated "sequence alignment tool" that can divide the work of analyzing biological data into manageable fragments so large data sets can run o...

Novel compounds show promise as safer, more potent insecticides

...broad-spectrum insecticides that show promise as a safer and more effective way to fight pest insects that ...isks and there’s a growing effort underway to find safer replacements. Targeting the ryanodine receptor may offer a promising alternative, researchers say. ...

Scientists turn tobacco against cancer

...ki, noting that tobacco-derived antibody should be safer and less expensive to produce. The Jefferson scientists are seeking industry partners to begin mass production of the antibody. The next step in the work, Dr. Koprowski notes, would be to conduct a phase 1 clinical trial of the monoclonal antibody i...

Naturally occurring asbestos linked to lung cancer

...e you can do to reduce your personal exposure, the safer you will be." While the overall mesothelioma rate was about one case per 100,000 people per year in the California study, the rate varied markedly by gender and age. For white males, the rate was 2.29 cases per 100,000. For white females, it was 0.4...

Women cautioned against using herbal supplements

...are 'natural' products does not mean that they are safer than conventional medicines," he said. "The ingredients in herbal medicines can also have adverse effects and lead to health problems. Yet, there is no focused safety testing of herbal medicines or even reporting system for adverse effects, so when p...

Menopause Symptoms May Come Back After Stopping Menopausal Hormone Therapy

...are 'natural' products does not mean that they are safer than conventional medicines," he said. "The ingredients in herbal medicines can also have adverse effects and lead to health problems. Yet, there is no focused safety testing of herbal medicines or even reporting system for adverse effects, so when p...

U-M scientists discover identifying markers for primitive blood-forming stem cells

... cells, potentially making bone marrow transplants safer and more effective," says Morrison, who adds that Kiel and Yilmaz have already started tests to look for them. Toshide Iwashita, M.D., Ph.D., a former research fellow in Morrison's laboratory and co-first author on the study, was responsible for the...

University of Arizona plant scientists to unravel maize genome

... products with enhanced nutritional value that are safer and less allergenic than the foods we eat today will directly benefit consumers. Corn plants will also prove useful in producing novel compounds, such as industrial feedstocks, biofuels and medicinal products. Wing's group provides the framework fo...

Polio vaccination strategies assessed as eradication nears

...ne, is an inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). IPV is safer because the inactivated virus in IPV cannot mutate into paralytic VDPV. However, the immune response generated in the digestive tract by IPV was believed to be less potent that that of OPV. Therefore, although those immunized with IPV would be protec...

Effective, safe anthrax vaccine can be grown in tobacco plants

...some people to refuse to be vaccinated. Seeking a safer and more effective alternative, Daniell and his colleagues injected the vaccine gene into the chloroplast genome of tobacco cells, partly because those plants grow much faster than carrots, tomatoes and coffee. They grew the cells for several weeks i...

Worms know bad food when they smell it

..., toxic food source as they were to stick with the safer choice. In fact, when the choice was between E. coli and S. marcescens, they migrated towards the latter, despite the likelihood that this would result in a toxic infection. The worms that grew up exposed to a toxic variety of bacteria, however,...

Young scientists turn to gel to ease side-effects of cancer treatment

...e should allow more rapid, accurate, and therefore safer treatment of malignant tumours" Andrew Wilson. The...e should allow more rapid, accurate, and therefore safer treatment of malignant tumours." A different formula of the gel can be used as a phantom in the det...

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