Posts Tagged 'disease'

Current State of Polio Eradication

Administration of the RIBI oral polio vaccine. Credit: Flickr/RIBI

In Pakistan, nine health workers were killed last year. They were administering the polio vaccine, which has been cast by the Taliban as a plot against Islam. This is because the CIA used vaccination programs to get close to Osama bin Laden.

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Drug Resistant Gonorrhea on the Rise in North America

Common-STD-Resistance-On-The-Rise-in-North-America

The most common STIs in the USA, chlamydia and gonorrhea, are usually easy to eradicate thanks to doses of oral antibiotics, but now gonorrhea is getting more resistant to first line defense drugs.

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Dredging Of Canal Could Stir Up PCBs

First buckets of sediment removed from IHC, East Chicago, Oct. 23, 2012. Credit: Flickr/usacechicago

The dredging of a highly contaminated canal long the shore of Lake Michigan, in Indiana, has begun, triggering concerns that the dredging could release harmful chemicals.

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Diets High in Fructose Lead to Overeating

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Scientists have shown, using imaging tests, that fructose can trigger brain changes that lead to overeating. They found that after drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn’t register the fullness feeling as it does when simple glucose is consumed.

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Controversial Psychiatry Change Could See Bereavement as a Disease

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A change in the official psychiatric guidelines for depression has raised fears that grief over the death of a loved one could to be classified as clinical depression.

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Drug Resistant Tuberculosis On The Rise

A chest X-ray from a patient with tuberculosis (TB) in Lira, Uganda. Uganda is one of 22 countries accounting for roughly 80% of new TB cases each year. Credit: J. Matthews/Panos

Back in 2005, doctors at a remote hospital in the village of Tugela Ferry, South Africa, were puzzled when patients with HIV, who were initially responding well to antiretroviral drugs, began rapidly dying from tuberculosis.

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UK to Sequence Genome of 100,000 Patients

The United Kingdom will sequence the whole genomes of 100,000 people with cancer and rare diseases. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy/Office of Biological and Environmental Research

The UK has planned to fully sequence the genome of 100,000 Britons with cancer and rare diseases in an effort to decode their DNA, and hopefully find a cure for diseases. The project is unusual because it will decode the entire genome, not just parts of it.

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BubR1 Protein Could Fight Cancer & Aging

BubR1 Protein Could Fight Cancer & Aging

Scientists have discovered a protein that seems to protect animals from cancer and other deficiencies of old age, with no downsides. The research on protein BubR1 could offer clues on how protecting chromosomes can enhance health.

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Amgen to Purchase Icelandic deCODE Genetics

Amgen to Purchase Icelandic deCODE Genetics

More than a decade after the sizzle of genomics investments has faded, Amgen, an American biotechnology giant, is buying out one of the field’s most important firms, deCODE Genetics.

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Smoking Causes Chemical Alterations in Genes

Smoking may cause chemical modifications of DNA

Smoking isn’t healthy, but a new study has shown strong evidence that tobacco use can chemically modify and affect the activity of genes known to increase the risk of developing cancer.

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