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Biofilm defense: Mechanisms and actions of a new class of broad-spectrum antimicrobials

Biofilm defense: Mechanisms and actions of a new class of broad-spectrum antimicrobials

Last month WHO issued a report that warned of an increase of antimicrobial-resistance and the renewed threat of bacterial infections world-wide and called for a concerted effort to develop new and better antimicrobial drugs. A study published on May 22nd in PLOS Pathogens reveals how a new type of anti-microbial substance interferes with biofilms formed by several dangerous bacteria. When growing on surfaces (including human skin, lung, heart, or bladder) many bacteria form so-called biofilms that consist of structured communities of identical bacteria. Continue reading

GPs say no to charging patients

GPs say no to charging patients

unable to retrieve full-text contentCalls to charge patients for GP visits in the UK have been rejected by family doctors at the British Medical Association’s annual conference. Continue reading

First ‘heavy mouse’ leads to first lab-grown tissue mapped from atomic life

First ‘heavy mouse’ leads to first lab-grown tissue mapped from atomic life

Scientists have created a ‘heavy’ mouse, the world’s first animal enriched with heavy but non-radioactive isotopes — enabling them to capture in unprecedented detail the molecular structure of natural tissue by reading the magnetism inherent in the isotopes. This data has been used to grow biological tissue in the lab practically identical to native tissue, which can be manipulated and analysed in ways impossible for natural samples. Researchers say the approach has huge potential for scientific and medical breakthroughs: lab-grown tissue could be used to replace heart valves, for example Continue reading

Panel to investigate statin articles

Panel to investigate statin articles

unable to retrieve full-text contentArticles published by the British Medical Journal suggesting that statins could harm patients are to be investigated, the periodical says. Continue reading

Panel to investigate statin articles

Panel to investigate statin articles

unable to retrieve full-text contentArticles published by the British Medical Journal suggesting that statins could harm patients are to be investigated, the periodical says. Continue reading

Glaxo China head named in probe

Glaxo China head named in probe

unable to retrieve full-text contentChinese authorities accuse a British GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) executive of ordering staff to bribe hospital officials to use its products. Continue reading

Glaxo China head named in probe

Glaxo China head named in probe

unable to retrieve full-text contentChinese authorities accuse a British GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) executive of ordering staff to bribe hospital officials to use its products. Continue reading

Mobilizing immune system against viruses: New way found

Mobilizing immune system against viruses: New way found

University of British Columbia scientists have uncovered an intricate chain reaction in the body’s immune system and have used the knowledge to develop a new treatment against harmful viruses. Viral pandemics, such as the coronavirus that caused the deadly SARS outbreak in 2002, have caused hundreds of deaths in Canada, yet effective anti-viral drugs are rare. A key element to this natural immune response is an antiviral protein in the blood called Interferon alpha. Continue reading

Electronic tool helps reduce drug errors among hospitalized children

Electronic tool helps reduce drug errors among hospitalized children

When children are admitted to the hospital, sometimes the medications they take at home are lost in the shuffle, or they may be given the wrong dose. Having a system in place at hospital admission to record and review a child’s medication history results in fewer errors, potentially avoiding harm to the patient, according to a study to be presented Monday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Continue reading

Smoking during pregnancy may raise risk for heart defects in babies

Smoking during pregnancy may raise risk for heart defects in babies

Women who smoke during pregnancy may be putting their newborns at risk for congenital heart defects, and the more they smoke, the higher the risk, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Cigarette smoking during pregnancy has been linked to many birth defects, such as cleft lips and palates, and missing and deformed limbs. Continue reading