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As Ebola Rages, Controlling The Deadly Spread

Rutgers infectious disease physician Rajendra Kapila says it will be extremely complicated both to evaluate and to manufacture an experimental Ebola drug.
Source: Rob Forman - Rutgers Today

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has Americans concerned about their health and safety. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency in an effort both to contain the spread of the virus, which is considered 90% fatal, and to warn people about its seriousness. A WHO [...]

Device Implanted For Tricuspid Valve Replacement: First In United States

Doctors at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center use the Edwards SAPIEN valve in landmark valve-in-valve tricuspid implantation.
Source: Image courtesy of University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the first heart center in the nation to perform percutaneous implantation of the Edwards SAPIEN valve to replace a patient’s tricuspid valve. Percutaneous interventions use hollow tubes called catheters to reach chambers of the heart rather than opening a patient’s chest, and are increasingly used to fix [...]

Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Found To Grow On Trees

This false-color electron microscope image catches the fungus Cryptococcus gattii in the act of producing its infectious spores. The club-shaped blue structure is a reproductive organ called the basidium, which projects off the fungus body like an apple off a tree. The spores are colored yellow, and are like seeds that can give rise to a new organism.
Source: Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Duke University

Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections [...]

Laser-Based Glucose Monitor Could End Pin Pricks For Diabetics

A new system developed by Princeton researchers uses a laser to allow diabetics to check their blood sugar without pricking their skin. Members of the research team included, from left, Sabbir Liakat, a graduate student in electrical engineering; Claire Gmachl, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering; and Kevin Bors, who graduated in 2013 with a degree in electrical engineering. Source: Frank Wojciechowski

Researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people’s blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood. “We are working hard to turn engineering solutions into useful tools for people [...]

New Gluten-Free Ingredient May Cause Allergic Reaction

Consumers with peanut allergies need to watch for lupin on the labels of gluten free foods. Lupins are legumes.
Source: US Food and Drug Administration

A popular new ingredient in gluten-free products could be causing an allergic reaction, according to a Kansas State University food safety specialist. Lupin, a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, is showing up as a wheat replacement in an increasing number of gluten-free products. The US Food and Drug Administration is now [...]