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Marine organism reveals hidden secrets that could help fight disease

Marine organism reveals hidden secrets that could help fight disease

Posted Tue, 10 May 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Potentially beneficial bacteria has genome sequenced. The research has groundbreaking implications for treatments of several human diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer's disease. This follows on from recent research which shows that L. majuscula produces substances potentially useful in fighting these human diseases.

Marine organism reveals hidden secrets that could help fight disease

Methane-contaminated drinking water confirmed near fracking wells

Methane-contaminated drinking water confirmed near fracking wells

Posted Mon, 09 May 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The drinking water of homes close to wells that use hydraulic fracturing - to help get gas from buried shales - has up to 17 times the level of methane of those further away, says new research published in today's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists from Duke University have pinned the methane in tap water to the gas wells themselves, adding to an already long list of environmental concerns with shale gas 'fracking'.

Methane-contaminated drinking water confirmed near fracking wells

Foot-and-mouth infectious for less time - raising hopes for binning culls

Foot-and-mouth infectious for less time - raising hopes for binning culls

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Important new research into the infectiousness of foot-and-mouth disease, published in Science tomorrow, shows that the livestock virus can only be passed-on for half the time previously thought. That makes less destructive disease management approaches much more viable, and could help relegate the wholesale livestock slaughter of 'preemptive culling' to the grim pages of history.

Foot-and-mouth infectious for less time - raising hopes for binning culls

Can nutrition alone reverse established cancers?

Can nutrition alone reverse established cancers?

Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 14:49:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

A reputed nutritionist and biochemist says changes in diet can cause cancers to regress. We know that following a healthy diet can help prevent certain forms of cancer, just as an unhealthy diet can promote cancer. It has also been shown that a radical change of diet will help in the fight against established cancer when used in combination with traditional treatments, but can nutrition alone reverse cancer?

Can nutrition alone reverse established cancers?

Calls to better protect US public from chemical health risks

Calls to better protect US public from chemical health risks

Posted Wed, 04 May 2011 13:16:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

The US legislation to prevent health problems from toxic chemicals is failing, say authors of two papers in this month's Health Affairs. New laws to make manufacturers prove product safety is needed - but the EPA also needs to reach out to partners, to move up a gear up in the protecting of the US public.

Calls to better protect US public from chemical health risks

US air cleaner but 50% of Americans breathe dirty air still

US air cleaner but 50% of Americans breathe dirty air still

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 18:33:00 GMT by Gracie Valena

The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2011 report released April 27 says that ''the majority of American cities most-polluted by ozone (smog) or year-round particle pollution (soot) have improved,'' during 2007-2009. The report covers three measures: ozone, short term particle (solid and liquid) levels and year-round particle levels.

US air cleaner but 50% of Americans breathe dirty air still

Child IQ loss linked to pesticides exposure in womb

Child IQ loss linked to pesticides exposure in womb

Posted Thu, 21 Apr 2011 05:42:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A long-term study of 300 children over several years has seen lower levels of intelligence follow-on for those children whose mothers were exposed to pesticides during pregnancy. Three separate papers, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, confirm this effect for a range of environments. But this can be avoided if mothers wash fresh food thoroughly - or go for organic whenever possible - during pregnancy.

Child IQ loss linked to pesticides exposure in womb

Three million babies and mothers lives could be saved in poorer countries

Three million babies and mothers lives could be saved in poorer countries

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 06:17:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

For the price of a nuclear power station, $10bn, the lives of nearly three million babies and their mothers could be saved, just by investing in tried-and-tested medical interventions in the developing world. That's just one of the conclusions of a focus on the often hidden toll of stillbirths, published in this week's Lancet.

Three million babies and mothers lives could be saved in poorer countries

Why incense could be making you sick

Why incense could be making you sick

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:33:01 GMT by Astrid Madsen

The World Health Organisation issued a report outlining what constitutes a 'safe' level of exposure to the most common indoor air pollutants. One of the most common and harmful pollutants is benzene, for which there is no safe threshold of exposure. It depresses the nervous system and causes cardiac ''sensitization'' as well as headaches, dizziness and nausea.

Why incense could be making you sick

Nitrite poisoning in milk causes death of three children in China

Nitrite poisoning in milk causes death of three children in China

Posted Sun, 10 Apr 2011 08:05:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

Three children have died and another thirty-five suffered food poisoning after drinking bulk milk from two local dairies in Gansu province in northwest China. An initial investigation suggests that the victims were poisoned by nitrite-tainted milk.

Nitrite poisoning in milk causes death of three children in China

Time to act on battle-plan to save antibiotics

Time to act on battle-plan to save antibiotics

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:54:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

As the bugs fight back against our over-used and much-depleted antibiotic resources, the IDSA is issuing a call to arms. Action is needed now to roll out a plan to help save one of the most beneficial medical advances of the last century - antibiotics - and so save, too, millions of lives in the future.

Time to act on battle-plan to save antibiotics

Banned PCBs polluting West Africa may be from 'illegal dumps'

Banned PCBs polluting West Africa may be from 'illegal dumps'

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:05:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The role of West Africa as the world's toxic waste dump has been highlighted by the discovery of excessive levels of dangerous PCBs, along the region's coast. The study, in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, suggests that the source of these banned chemicals may well be illegal waste dumps and huge ship graveyards - left by companies seeking to exploit lax enforcement of environmental regulations in the area.

Banned PCBs polluting West Africa may be from 'illegal dumps'

Mass spectrometry could be key to safe groundwater

Mass spectrometry could be key to safe groundwater

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 00:55:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Water that filters through the Andes in Argentina contains such high levels of lithium and other ground elements that it could affect the health of villagers who drink it, says a report from the Lund University in Sweden.

Mass spectrometry could be key to safe groundwater

Greenpeace warns thousands still risk contamination from Chernobyl

Greenpeace warns thousands still risk contamination from Chernobyl

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:49:00 GMT by Laura Brown

As the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl approaches, Greenpeace warns the risk of food contamination remains. Greenpeace has warned hundreds of thousands of people in the Ukraine could still face radiation poisoning after food in the area surrounding the exclusion zone at Chernobyl was found to be contaminated.

Greenpeace warns thousands still risk contamination from Chernobyl

Biological invasions can be handled as natural disasters

Biological invasions can be handled as natural disasters

Posted Sun, 03 Apr 2011 10:54:00 GMT by Tamara Croes

BioScience's April issue has three authors arguing in favour of a pro-active approach to biological invasions. Biological nvasions show smilarities to natural disasters. Three scientists, A. Ricciardi, M. E. Palmer and N.D.Yan, argue that biological invasions should be treated as natural disasters. The authors of the article state that although biological invasions can sometimes lead to much more long-term economical damage than natural disasters

Biological invasions can be handled as natural disasters

The Brave men of Fukushima

The Brave men of Fukushima

Posted Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:36:00 GMT by Michael Evans

The Fukushima 50 are now resigned to the fact that their life expectancy is limited. However, they continue under appauling conditions to try to avert a global disaster. One 32-year-old member of the group, who have come to be known as the Fukushima 50, telephoned his mother and told her that he and his colleagues had discussed the situation at great length and had committed themselves to die if necessary in order to save the nation

The Brave men of Fukushima

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Babies are all meant to be the same!

Posted Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Malaria cure at last on the horizon

Posted Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:13:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Of mice and men-and wheels

Posted Wed, 21 May 2014 07:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pathogens find new hosts as Arctic ice melts

Posted Sat, 01 Mar 2014 07:20:01 GMT by Julie Cook

The essence of animal bodies - bacterial cooperation

Posted Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:38:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pollution grows in China

Posted Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:31:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Blue Eyes are Stone Aged

Posted Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:49:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Coastal Use and Enjoyment

Posted Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:55:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Health improving or are new pollutants more hazardous?

Posted Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:14:48 GMT by JW Dowey

25th April - World Malaria Day

Posted Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:15:26 GMT by Michael Evans

Researches may have found cost-effective treatment for Type 2 diabetes

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2011 22:51:00 GMT by Nikki Bruce

Tai Chi helps COPD sufferers, says report

Posted Wed, 08 Aug 2012 23:01:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Chocolate may well be a girl's best friend

Posted Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:41:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

New initiative for early diagnosis of genetic colorectal cancer

Posted Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:26:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Fruit compound may control obesity

Posted Thu, 05 Apr 2012 13:34:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Increased fibre intake could prevent common bowel disorder

Posted Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:51:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Stopping smoking during pregnancy reduces health risks to babies

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:50:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

The Brave men of Fukushima

Posted Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:36:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Make A Splash On World Water Day - March 22nd

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:02:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Arthritis sufferers at higher heart disease risk

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 16:27:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts