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New Species Of Lyme Disease Causing Bacteria

By Tim Sandle

A new species of bacterium that causes Lyme disease has been discovered by Mayo Clinic scientists, in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been provisionally named Borrelia mayonii. Before the discovery, the only other species known to cause Lyme disease was an organism called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is transmitted to people […]

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India Set To Deworm Millions Of Children

By Tim Sandle

In many parts of the world parasitic diseases are found in high numbers. As countries develop, the risks fall, through improved diet, sanitation and education. However, this is a slow process. To help to get rid of disease in its population, the Indian government is to embark on a massive campaign of deworming children. Parasitic […]

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Most Expensive Car in Europe Sold

By Tim Sandle

The most expensive car in Europe has been sold, at auction. At one point it could have been the most expensive car ever sold in the world, but a shifting exchange rate between the euro and the dollar has put paid to that. As to the car, it is a 1957 Ferrari – a red 335 Sport […]

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Is A Cure For Diabetes Imminent?

By Tim Sandle

Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of metabolic diseases which arise when high blood sugar levels occur over a prolonged period of time.  There are three types: Type 1 occurs when pancreas does not produce enough insulin. This type occurs in childhood. With Type 2 diabetes, this occurs when cells fail to respond to insulin sufficiently. This disease occurs […]

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Using A Sweat Monitor To Assess Health

By Tim Sandle

Fitbit and the like are increasingly popular, monitoring heart rate and other signs to give an interpretation about a person’s health. More important information, however, could be garnered from an analysis of sweat and a sweat monitor placed on a person’s wrist could be just the device to capture and interpret such information. Biomedical scientists […]

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The Rack Pack

By Alexander Baron

The Rack Pack is a half decent semi-comedy dramatisation of the rise of the game of snoer seen through the eyes of two of its greatest protagonists: the steely nerved impeccably mannered pretender, Englishman Steve Davis; and the mercurial charismatic star, Irishman Hurricane Higgins. People who know about snoer and followed the game during especially […]

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Using Paper Waste To Tackle Oil Spills

By Tim Sandle

Waste paper may have a new application: tackling oil spill, as well as being used to aid heat insulation. Scientists based at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Engineering have transformed paper waste into ‘environmentally friendly’ cellulose. Known as aerogels, these are materials based on a gel, in which the liquid component of the gel has […]

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Can Antacids Combat Cancer Tumors?

By Tim Sandle

Researchers have developed a method to halt the growth of cancerous tumors by adding nanoparticles to everyday antacid tablets. For the novel method, Dr. Avik Som and Professor Samuel Achilefu used a special technique to develop nanoparticles from calcium carbonate which were injected intravenously into a mouse mo to treat solid tumors. Data showed the […]

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Nanotechnology Can Help Prevent Preterm Birth

By Tim Sandle

Preterm birth is defined in different ways in different countries. It refers to a woman giving birth too early and the where the chance of the baby surviving is low. In the U.S., preterm birth refers to any period prior to 37 weeks. Pregnancy normally lasts 40 weeks. Globally, preterm affects 1 in 10 babies, […]

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Zika Could Be Sexually Transmitted

By Tim Sandle

News has come in from the U.S. to suggest that the Zika virus could be sexually transmitted (‘horizontal transfer from a non-mosquito source’, as some scientists have inelegantly described the event). This is case based on a man who had the virus seemingly passing it onto his partner. This event is regarded as highly probable […]

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