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Identifying virus killers in ancient medicinal plants

Substances contained in the root bark of the mulberry tree show a dual effect


Many organisms have to defend themselves against predators, diseases or pests. Their metabolic products constitute a chemical arsenal that has been used for medical purposes since time immemorial. Using state-of-the-art methods, a team led by Judith Rollinger is screening traditional knowledge in ...


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Tailor-made vaccines could almost halve rates of serious bacterial disease

Innovative study points the way to more effective vaccine design


New research has found that rates of disease caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae could be substantially reduced by changing our approach to vaccination. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Simon Fraser University in Canada and Imperial College London combined genomic ...


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Organic insect deterrent for agriculture

Biodegradable crop protection products without risks or side effects


Traditional insecticides are killers: they not only kill pests, they also endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils, lakes, rivers and seas. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed an alternative: A biodegradable agent ...


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The end of pneumonia? New vaccine offers hope


In 2004, pneumonia killed more than 2 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. By 2015, the number was less than 1 million. Better access to antibiotics and improved nutrition account for part of the decline. But scientists say it's mostly due to vaccines introduced ...


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Chronically ill, yet healthier


The incidence of chronic inflammatory lung diseases is on the rise throughout the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. So far, there is no reliable therapy, which only reflects the fact that the underlying ...


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Air pollution can alter effectiveness of antibiotics


Air pollution can change the way bacteria behave and can change their potential to cause disease Interdisciplinary research discovers new mechanism of how air pollution is detrimental to our health and well-being Developing megacities with extreme levels of air pollution are major risk factors ...


Pfizer receives FDA approval for Prevnar 13®

Approval for adults age 18 through 49


Pfizer Inc. announced that Prevnar 13 ® (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine [Diphtheria CRM197 Protein]) received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an expanded age indication to include adults 18 through 49 years of age, in addition to the already approved indication for ...


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Improving modern vaccines - sugar polymer tails wag the protein dog


Millions of people - particularly infants in underdeveloped countries -- suffer from the serious life threatening illnesses of meningitis, pneumonia and influenza. These are due to infection by microbes such as N. meninigitidis, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae b. Early vaccines were based on the ...


Breakthrough study discovers 6 changing faces of 'global killer' bacteria

Researchers unlock vital new information to improve vaccinations against pneumococcus infection


Every ten seconds a human being dies from Streptococcus pneumoniae infection, also known as pneumococcus, making it a leading global killer. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Leicester in collaboration with international experts have unlocked a genetic switch ...


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New method to increase survival in sepsis


Sepsis, the body's response to severe infections, kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. On average, 30 percent of those diagnosed with sepsis die. A new study conducted by Jamey Marth, director of UC Santa Barbara's Center for Nanomedicine and professor of ...


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