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Molecular machinery that makes potent antibiotic revealed after decades of research

By |2019-01-22T19:39:44+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

Scientists at Rutgers and universities in Russia, Poland and England have solved a nearly 30-year mystery—how the molecular machinery works in an enzyme that makes a potent antibiotic The findings, which appear in the journal Molecular Cell, provide the tools to design new antibiotics, anticancer drugs and other therapeutics. The potent natural antibiotic, microcin B17, kills harmful E. [...]

This cruise ship had to turn around after 500 people got sick — why does this keep happening?

By |2019-01-22T15:37:31+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cruise is planning to set sail again, days after returning to port early after nearly 500 passengers on board became sick. A hundred people were confined to their rooms as a norovirus spread throughout the ship, according to Fox 35. “To be honest, for the last four days, we’ve kind of felt like caged [...]

Examine effect of hookah on indoor air pollution: NGT to government

By |2019-01-22T15:26:40+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests on Thursday to examine the effect of hookah in respect of indoor air pollution and prescribe appropriate standards on the issue. A bench headed by Justice Raghuvendra S Rathore, however, said that it lacked jurisdiction to restrain the use of hookah in restaurants [...]

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Vaccine Candidates: Cautious Optimism

By |2019-01-22T15:19:22+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

Abstract Efforts towards developing a vaccine for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have yielded promising results. Utilizing a variety of platforms, several vaccine approaches have shown efficacy in animal models and begun to enter clinical trials. In this review, we summarize the current progress towards a MERS-CoV vaccine and highlight potential roadblocks identified from [...]

Aerosol and Contact Transmission Following Intranasal Infection of Mice with Japanese Encephalitis Virus

By |2019-01-22T15:09:25+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

Another path for infection.  All to often the airborne pathway is not recognized because it is not studied... Abstract The Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), a causative agent of severe viral encephalitis in humans, has a biological cycle fluctuating between transmission in mosquitoes and avian species and amplification in pigs. Contact transmission of JEV was recently [...]

Metabolic syndrome patients need more vitamin C to break cycle of antioxidant depletion

By |2019-01-22T15:01:22+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A higher intake of vitamin C is crucial for metabolic syndrome patients trying to halt a potentially deadly cycle of antioxidant disruption and health-related problems, an Oregon State University researcher says. That’s important news for the estimated 35 percent of the U.S. adult population that suffers from the syndrome. “What these findings [...]

‘Nuclear option’ might get Brashears confirmed by U.S. Senate

By |2019-01-22T14:54:48+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

It might take the “nuclear option” to get the U.S. Senate to confirm the nomination of Texas Tech University Professor Mindy Brashears as the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety. The post, the top food safety job in the federal government, has been vacant for more than five years. CC0 Creative Commons Pixabay [...]