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Sugar Boosters Could Lead To Cheap, Effective Treatments For Chronic Bacterial Infections

James Collins, a pioneering researcher in the new field of systems biology and a MacArthur Genius, says: “You know the old saying: ‘a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down?’ This is more like ‘a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine work.’ Dr. Collins, a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University who is […]

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Acupuncture For Pain Is No Better Than Placebo And Can Lead To Serious Side Effects

Although acupuncture is commonly used for pain control, some questions remain about its effectiveness and safety. Investigators from the Universities of Exeter & Plymouth (Exeter, UK) and the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (Daejeon, South Korea) critically evaluated systematic reviews of acupuncture as a treatment of pain in order to explore this question. Reporting in […]

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Danger Of MRSA In Community Gyms May Be Exaggerated

Community gym surfaces do not appear to be reservoirs for MRSA transmission, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC – the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. MRSA is an antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can lead to severe infections and […]

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Vaccinated Children Are Not At Higher Risk Of Infections Or Allergic Diseases

Concerns over vaccination seems to have permeated society, and parents have many questions about the safety of vaccines. One important question is whether vaccinations strain or weaken children’s immune systems and are therefore harmful to them. Roma Schmitz and her colleagues from the Robert Koch Institute investigated this research question in the current issue of […]

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MRSA Screening Saves Hospitals Money

Screening patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) produces cost savings for the whole hospital, according to a study that used a statistical simulation model published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC – the Association for Professionals in Infection Control […]

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City-Living Helped Humans Evolve Immunity To Disease

A study by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London, University College London and Oxford University, has found that a genetic variant which reduces the chance of contracting diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy is more prevalent in populations with long histories of urban living. The results are published in the journal ‘Evolution.’

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