Researchers discover crucial link between brain and gut stem cells

By |2019-04-19T21:36:55+00:00April 19th, 2019|

The organs in our bodies house stem cells that are necessary to regenerate cells when they become damaged, diseased or too old to function. Researchers at Rutgers University have identified a new factor that is essential for maintaining the stem cells in the brain and gut and whose loss may contribute to anxiety and cognitive [...]

Poultry feed laced with antibiotics

By |2019-04-19T21:27:14+00:00April 19th, 2019|

Govt study on 14 brands find antibiotics in nearly 50 percent of the samples A government study has found various types of antibiotics in almost 50 percent poultry feed samples of 14 brands collected from four districts. The use of antibiotics in poultry feed is banned in Bangladesh, yet some unscrupulous traders indulge in the [...]

More deaths in Leeds from transport-related air pollution than Shanghai or New Delhi

By |2019-04-19T21:02:18+00:00April 19th, 2019|

Leeds is in the top 10 urban areas for deaths caused by transport-related air pollution, per 100,000 people, according to International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) research. The study looked at data from 2010-2015 with researchers studying PM2.5 and NO2 emissions alongside epidemiological models to determine how, when, and where transportation emissions are impacting air quality and [...]

10 Years Later: The Lasting Impacts of the H1N1 Flu Pandemic Response

By |2019-04-19T20:37:02+00:00April 19th, 2019|

As coincidence would have it, Dr. Stephen Redd was wrapping up an influenza (flu) pandemic planning meeting on April 15, 2009, when someone on the phone reported that a new (or novel) influenza A virus had infected a 10-year-old boy in California. Things moved fast after that. The Response On April 21, CDC published a special report in the [...]

New metric aims to simplify how global resistance is measured

By |2019-04-19T20:23:28+00:00April 19th, 2019|

A new method for measuring and tracking antibiotic resistance and comparing the effectiveness of antibiotics by country shows a clear distinction between high- and low-income countries. In a study published in BMJ Global Health,researchers from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) calculated the Drug Resistance Index (DRI)—which combines measurements of antibiotic consumption and [...]

Ebola outbreak grows by 12 as CDC issues new HCW advice

By |2019-04-19T20:17:32+00:00April 19th, 2019|

Today the health ministry of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) confirmed another 12 cases of Ebola in an ongoing outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The cases raise the outbreak total to 1,302. Of the 1,302 cases, 1,236 are confirmed and 66 are probable. The ministry said the death toll has now [...]

Yersinia pestis and plague: an updated view on evolution, virulence determinants, immune subversion, vaccination, and diagnostics

By |2019-04-19T20:09:37+00:00April 19th, 2019|

Abstract Plague is a vector-borne disease caused by Yersinia pestis. Transmitted by fleas from rodent reservoirs, Y. pestis emerged <6000 years ago from an enteric bacterial ancestor through events of gene gain and genome reduction. It is a highly remarkable model for the understanding of pathogenic bacteria evolution, and a major concern for public health as highlighted by [...]

Statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 12th April 2019

By |2019-04-19T19:58:51+00:00April 19th, 2019|

The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took place on Friday, 12th April, 2019, from 13:00 to 17:20 Geneva time (CET). Key Findings: It was the view of the Committee the ongoing Ebola [...]

Powerful CRISPR cousin accidentally mutates RNA while editing DNA target

By |2019-04-19T19:53:42+00:00April 19th, 2019|

When researchers first reported 3 years ago that they had created base editors, a version of the powerful genome-editing tool CRISPR, excitement swirled around their distinct powers to more subtly alter DNA compared with CRISPR itself. But the weaknesses of base editors have become increasingly apparent, and a new study shows they can also accidentally mutate the [...]

NYC extends measles vaccination order

By |2019-04-18T21:55:36+00:00April 18th, 2019|

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s Board of Health has voted to extend last week’s emergency declaration ordering mandatory measles vaccinations in four Brooklyn ZIP codes. The continuing order, which was voted unanimously on Wednesday, will end when health officials declare the emergency is over. It applies to children ages 6 months and older [...]