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Will the US Resume Hazardous Virus Experiments?

By Tim Sandle

Scientists and policy makers are discussing whether studies that have the potential to create virulent and transmissible forms of viruses should be allowed to recommence in the US. Such studies, due to the fear of a virus being released into the community, have been suspended for a couple of years. Selective experiments on viruses, like […]

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Success In Using Fat Cells To Mend Bone

By Tim Sandle

Biologists have discovered that adipose tissue (fat) is a natural storehouse of cells with healing properties. According to a report in Science News, difference research groups are exploring the possibility of  using cells found in fat to help other parts of the human body to heal. In particular, the University of Pittsburgh have been extracting […]

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New Antibody Treatment For Avian Flu

By Tim Sandle

Scientists from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center have isolated human antibodies against a specific type of bird flu (H7N9 strain). This type of bird flu has killed in excess of 200 people in China since 2012. The influenza poses a risk for the future, in terms of a pandemic threat. Avian flu, according to the […]

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Tackling Zika By Altering Mosquito Mating Patterns

By Tim Sandle

Scientists are considering attempting to influence mosquito mating patterns in a bid to slowdown the spread of Zika virus disease. The viral disease has been known of since it was discovered in Uganda in 1947. However, it is only in the past year that the disease has become one of global concern. As reported previously […]

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Omega-3 May Help Depression in Heart Patients

By Tim Sandle

A new study indicates that patients with heart disease coupled with depression may benefit by taking supplements of omega-3 fatty acids. This will not necessarily be as effective with all patients. The effectiveness of taking omega-3 supplements depends upon the starting levels of omega-3 fatty acids in a heart patient’s blood. To show the connection, […]

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Warning Over Eyedrop Bottles

By Tim Sandle

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers about the risk of loose safety seals around eye-drop bottles. This relates to products that may have loose plastic safety seals or tamper evident rings below the bottle cap (sometimes called the ‘collar’) that may fall onto the eye when the product […]

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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes To Be Tested in Florida

By Tim Sandle

As a consequence of the Zika virus threat, a British-based biotechnology company is to begin tests on a genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquito, designed to try to stop transmission of the disease. The idea is to use a mosquito that has been genetically modified male mosquito that, when it breeds with females, produces offspring that […]

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Promoting Healthy Eating In Schools

By Tim Sandle

March 2016 saw International School Meals Day come and go. In some countries the event was ignored; in others, there was a splattering of activity. One such country where the interest levels peaked was Scotland. From the devolved Scottish Government, Minister for Learning Dr Alasdair Allan made a call for schools across Scotland to make […]

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Being Shorter Or Fatter Influences Life Chances

By Tim Sandle

Does how you lo or how you act influence your life chances? Sociological research as previously established that people from lower-income backgrounds tend to have a higher body mass index (a common measure to assess ideal weight), and this is attributed to poorer diet rich in saturated fats. University of Essex researchers have decided to […]

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