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Intravenous delivery of the TB vaccine may dramatically improve protection, research suggests

1 week ago from Science Blog

A vaccination against tuberculosis (TB) could be made more effective by injecting it directly into the bloodstream at a higher dose, new research suggests. TB, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is...

In health care, does “hotspotting” make patients better?

1 week ago from MIT Research

The new health care practice of “hotspotting” — in which providers identify very high-cost patients and attempt to reduce their medical spending while improving care — has virtually no impact on patient outcomes,...

Mass spec sorts droplets

1 week ago from C&EN

Adding mass spec to droplet-based screening expands the types of reactions that the method can be used for

Body of child stowaway discovered in Air France plane's undercarriage

1 week ago from UPI

Workers at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport found the body of a child who stowed away in the undercarriage of an Air France airplane, the airline announced Wednesday.

How US sewage plants can remove medicines from wastewater

1 week ago from Science Daily

A study of seven wastewater treatment plants in the Eastern United States points to two treatment methods -- granular activated carbon and ozonation -- as particularly promising. Each technique reduced...

Look: Authorities seize banned cosmetics disguised as baby

1 week ago from UPI

Officials in Uganda said customs officers seized banned cosmetics that had been disguised as a baby for an alleged smuggling attempt.

U.S. alcohol-related deaths have doubled since 1999

1 week ago from UPI

Alcohol-related deaths in the United States have doubled in the past two decades, a study published on Wednesday contends.

Study: How US sewage plants can remove medicines from wastewater

1 week ago from Physorg

A study of seven wastewater treatment plants in the Eastern United States reveals a mixed record when it comes to removing medicines such as antibiotics and antidepressants.

Next generation wound gel treats and prevents infections

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a new hydrogel based on the body's natural peptide defense. It has been shown to prevent and treat infections in wounds. The formulation kills multi-resistant bacteria, something...

A molecular switch for stomach disease

1 week ago from Science Daily

A research team has revealed a new mechanism which controls the causes of infection with H. pylori, triggering the development of stomach diseases. It is hoped that these findings will...

South Korea reports 1st possible case of viral pneumonia

1 week ago from CBC: Health

South Korea has put a 36-year-old Chinese woman under isolated treatment amid concerns that she brought back a form of viral pneumonia that has sickened dozens in mainland China and...

Nanoparticles deliver 'suicide gene' therapy to pediatric brain tumors growing in mice

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers report that a type of biodegradable, lab-engineered nanoparticle they fashioned can successfully deliver a ''suicide gene'' to pediatric brain tumor cells implanted in the brains of mice. The poly(beta-amino...

Global progress in combating child malnutrition masks problem spots

1 week ago from Sciencenews.org

The percentage of children with serious malnutrition decreased around the world from 2000 to 2017, a new study finds. But the problem stayed flat or even worsened in some countries, including swaths of...

Take heart: Study reveals how relaxin targets cardiovascular disease

1 week ago from Science Daily

As a healthy heart ages, it becomes more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases. Though researchers have discovered that relaxin, an insulin-like hormone, suppresses atrial fibrillation (AF), inflammation, and fibrosis in aged...

Outbreak science: Infectious disease research leads to outbreak predictions

1 week ago from Physorg

Infectious diseases have a substantially growing impact on the health of communities around the world and pressure to both predict and prevent such diseases is ever-growing. LSU Assistant Professor of...

Cancer death rate in U.S. shows large one-year drop

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Progress against lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death, partly fuels record decline, U.S. researchers say.

Less than perfect kidneys safe for transplant, study shows

1 week ago from UPI

Some kidneys for transplant which are currently discarded as unusable -- such as those with acute kidney injury -- can be safely and effectively transplanted, according to a new study.

South Korea says Chinese pneumonia patient under investigation

1 week ago from UPI

South Korea is investigating a patient showing symptoms of pneumonia following a sudden outbreak in central China in December.

Egg-based flu vaccines: Not all they're cracked up to be?

1 week ago from Physorg

Flu season is underway in the Northern Hemisphere, sickening millions of people and in rare cases, causing hospitalization or death. The best prevention is a flu shot, but it's not...

Scientists improve yield predictions based on seedling data

1 week ago from Physorg

A doctor diagnosing a 50-year-old patient based on a blood test taken during the patient's infancy would be unthinkable.

Few U.S. teen opioid overdose survivors get recommended care

1 week ago from UPI

Even after surviving an opioid overdose, few U.S. teenagers receive the recommended treatment for their addiction, a new study shows.

Electric scooter injuries rose 222 percent in 4 years in the U.S.

1 week ago from Sciencenews.org

Electric scooters are clogging up big city sidewalks and jamming up hospital rooms, too. Using U.S. emergency room reports of e-scooter injuries, scientists estimate there were 19 injuries per 100,000 people in 2018,...

Nanoparticles deliver 'suicide gene' therapy to pediatric brain tumors growing in mice

1 week ago from Physorg

Johns Hopkins researchers report that a type of biodegradable, lab-engineered nanoparticle they fashioned can successfully deliver a "suicide gene" to pediatric brain tumor cells implanted in the brains of mice....

A response key for survival of Mycoplasma genitalium in the urogenital tract uncovered

1 week ago from Physorg

Metals (iron, zinc, nickel, cobalt, etc.) participate in numerous enzymatic reactions and are essential nutrients for bacteria. Inside our organism, but these metals are scarcely available, because they are bound...

Does restorative justice help or harm victims?

1 week ago from Physorg

Research from Royal Holloway has evaluated the effectiveness of restorative justice (RJ) in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in victims and has concluded more evidence is needed to...

Study of veterans details genetic basis for anxiety, links anxiety and depression

1 week ago from Science Blog

A massive genome-wide analysis of approximately 200,000 military veterans has identified six genetic variants linked to anxiety, researchers from Yale and colleagues at other institutions report Jan. 7 in the...

New compounds block master regulator of cancer growth, metastasis

1 week ago from Science Blog

Scientists have developed new drug compounds that thwart the pro-cancer activity of FOXM1, a transcription factor that regulates the activity of dozens of genes. The new compounds suppress tumor growth...

Ketone monoester drinks may help control blood sugar

1 week ago from Science Blog

With more people with diabetes and pre-diabetes looking for strategies to help control blood sugar, new research from UBC’s Okanagan campus suggests that ketone monoester drinks–a popular new food supplement–may...