Category Archives: Health

Human papillomavirus and the cell cycle

Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are DNA viruses associated with major human cancers. As such there is a strong interest in developing new means, such as vaccines and microbicides, to prevent HPV infections. Developing the latter requires a better understanding of the … Continue reading

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Nature Collections – Malaria

There’s a great collection of freely available resources On the Nature website under Nature Collections – Malaria (maybe NPG is finally getting the message about open access – hey Nature, it’s good to share :-) The world is on the … Continue reading

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Comprehensive map of global malaria

Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world and one of the greatest global public health problems. The Plasmodium falciparum parasite causes approximately 500 million cases each year and over one million deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. … Continue reading

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Badgers to be given anti-TB jabs

BBC News

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Maggots or MRSA?

BBC News Larval therapy for leg ulcers (VenUS II): randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2009;338:b773 Objective: To compare the clinical effectiveness of larval therapy with a standard debridement technique (hydrogel) for sloughy or necrotic leg ulcers. Design: Pragmatic, three armed randomised … Continue reading

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Viruses and diabetes

In the last week there has been some fairly wild speculation in the media about viruses which “cause” diabetes. The fuss came from the publication of a paper which claimed to have detected virus proteins in the pancreases of diabetes … Continue reading

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More on MMR and autism

Related: Vaccination does not cause autism MMR: our children, our choice?

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When good bugs fight bad

Alternative methods to antimicrobial chemotherapy for combating infectious disease do exist. In this article in Microbiology Today, Roy Sleator describes the role of probiotics in keeping pathogens at bay: With life-cycles measured in minutes as opposed to years, bacteria have … Continue reading

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What drove the cow mad? Lessons from a fish

For over twenty years scientists have known that a normal protein in the brain, PrP, or prion protein, can become harmful and cause deadly illnesses like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle. What they … Continue reading

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