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Hospital Superbug Breakthrough: Antibacterial Gel Kills Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Staphylococci And E.Coli Using Natural Proteins

Catheter in arm (stock image). When bacteria attach to surfaces, including medical implants, they produce a jelly-like substance called the biofilm -- a protective layer is almost impossible for current antibiotics to penetrate through.
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Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have made a breakthrough in the fight against the most resistant hospital superbugs. The team from the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s have developed the first innovative antibacterial gel that acts to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli using natural proteins. The gels have the ability to break down the [...]

Aspirin, Take Two

Scanning electron micrograph of macrophage. Source: National Cancer Institute

Hugely popular non-steroidal anti-inflammation drugs like aspirin, naproxen (marketed as Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) all work by inhibiting or killing an enzyme called cyclooxygenase – a key catalyst in production of hormone-like lipid compounds called prostaglandins that are linked to a variety of ailments, from headaches and arthritis to menstrual cramps and wound sepsis. [...]

Abbott & DOD To Develop Portable Blood Tests For Evaluating Concussions

Abbott's handheld, diagnostic analyzer is capable of performing a panel of commonly ordered blood tests on two or three drops of blood at the patient's side. Research suggests that certain proteins are released in the bloodstream following a brain injury, such as a concussion. Data have shown that detecting a mild traumatic brain injury can be difficult since imaging technology may not show abnormalities and symptoms can be similar to or mistaken for other medical conditions.
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Abbott and the United States Department of Defense have announced a collaboration with the intent to develop portable blood tests to help evaluate potential concussions, also called mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). As part of a multi–phased approach, the tests would be developed for Abbott’s i–STAT System, a handheld, diagnostic analyzer that is currently used [...]

9/11 Dust Cloud May Have Caused Widespread Pregnancy Issues

Lower Manhattan, with the 9/11 memorial Tribute in Light shining upwards near where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood (stock image). ...
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Pregnant women living near the World Trade Center during 9/11 experienced higher-than-normal negative birth outcomes, according to a new working paper by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. These mothers were more likely to give birth prematurely and deliver babies with low birth weights. Their babies — especially baby boys — [...]

Smoking During Pregnancy May Affect Grandchildren’s Growth

A UK study published in the American Journal of Human Biology has found that smoking during pregnancy has discernible effects on the growth of a woman's future grandkids.
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A UK study published in the American Journal of Human Biology has found that smoking during pregnancy has discernible effects on the growth of a woman’s future grandkids.