A look into China’s ‘mosquito factory’ that is fighting Zika and dengue smartly

Zhiyong Xi is infecting mosquitoes with bacteria that prevent them from transferring viruses to humans. Some scientists are hailing it as one of the most promising ways to eliminate mosquito-borne diseases

A look into China’s ‘mosquito factory’ that is fighting Zika and dengue smartlyZhiyong Xi is a man on a mission. He wants to rid China — and potentially the world — of mosquitoes, specifically the ones that carry devastating diseases like Zika and dengue. And he’s doing it in the classic style of good versus evil. “We’re building good mosquitoes that can help us fight the bad […]

Vaginal bacteria may trigger recurrent UTIs, study finds

Conventional thinking holds that recurrence occurs when E. coli is reintroduced into urinary tract. But new research suggests another way for a subsequent UTI to develop: the vaginal bacterium Gardnerella vaginalis which triggers E. coli already hiding in bladder to cause another UTI

Vaginal bacteria may trigger recurrent UTIs, study findsAbout half of all women will experience urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetimes, and despite treatment, about a quarter will develop recurrent infections within six months of initial infection. A new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has uncovered a trigger of recurrent UTI infections: a type of vaginal bacteria […]

Shake a leg for better brain speed and memory, study suggests

A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance. The demands it places on the mind and body could make it unusually potent at slowing some of the changes inside our skulls that seem otherwise inevitable with aging

Shake a leg for better brain speed and memory, study suggestsCould learning to dance the minuet or fandango help to protect our brains from aging? A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance. The demands it places on the mind and body could […]

NIH wants to test new bacteria therapy for eczema

It's one of the first tests of a treatment aimed at altering the skin's microbiome — the collection of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms that live on the skin

NIH wants to test new bacteria therapy for eczemaWanted: A few adults and a few more kids who don’t mind having some bacteria sprayed on their skin. A team at the National Institutes of Health hopes they can cure, or at least ease, eczema by spraying “good” germs onto the skin of sufferers. The idea is to restore the skin to its normal, […]

More evidence strongly suggests that stress is linked with obesity

When people are facing a stressful situation, a chain reaction is set off in the body that results in the release of cortisol, leading to higher levels of this hormone in the body

More evidence strongly suggests that stress is linked with obesityUsing hair to measure long-term levels of the stress hormone cortisol, UK researchers confirm the link between chronic stress and packing on pounds, as well as difficulty shedding excess weight. Previous research has tied high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood, urine or saliva to obesity, but these measurements can vary based […]

World’s heaviest man sheds 170 kilos, to undergo gastric bypass surgery

Franco has lost 170 kilograms thanks to an exercise and dieting regimen ordered and overseen by the team of doctors. The dramatic weight loss has put Franco on the right course for the next and decisive stage of his treatment, a gastric bypass

World’s heaviest man sheds 170 kilos, to undergo gastric bypass surgeryThe man considered last autumn to be Mexico’s heaviest may have lost the title after losing 170 kilograms. And having reduced his weight from 590 kilos to 420, Juan Pedro Franco is now eligible for the first of two surgeries necessary for a complete gastric bypass. National news outlets called him the world’s most obese […]

Children with obesity at a fourfold increased risk of type 2 diabetes

Diabetes imposes a heavy burden on society as the condition is common and costly to treat. Estimates indicate one in 11 adults have type 2 diabetes, equal to around 415 million people worldwide

Children with obesity at a fourfold increased risk of type 2 diabetesChildren with obesity are at a four-fold increased risk of having type 2 diabetes as compared to children with a body mass index (BMI) in the normal range, says a study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society Researchers from King’s College London looked at electronic health records from one of the largest primary […]

Shocking: DIY slime project brutally burns 11-year-old girl

The Quinns had encouraged their daughter Kathleen to make the slime seeing it as a welcome distraction to social media and other technology. Doctors say Kathleen’s creations included Borax One as a key ingredient, which is likely to have caused the injuries

Shocking: DIY slime project brutally burns 11-year-old girlA Massachusetts family is warning others about the dangers of do-it-yourself homemade slime after their 11-year-old daughter suffered second- and third-degree burns on her hands, which doctors said is likely the result of prolonged exposure to one of the recipe’s key ingredients. Kathleen Quinn, who at one point was making the slime on a daily […]

Another blow to Indian drug-testing industry: EU recommends suspension of 300 drugs tested by Indian firm

The decision, announced by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on its website, is the latest blow for India's drug-testing industry, which has run into a series of problems with international regulators in recent years

Another blow to Indian drug-testing industry: EU recommends suspension of 300 drugs tested by Indian firmEurope’s medicines regulator has recommended the suspension of more than 300 generic drug approvals and drug applications due to “unreliable” tests conducted by Indian contract research firm Micro Therapeutic Research Labs. The decision, announced by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on its website, is the latest blow for India’s drug-testing industry, which has run into […]

Self-checks most reliable way to detect recurrent skin cancer

In a study including 581 patients with stage II melanoma and a one-year follow-up, around 40% patients detected signs of recurrence, either from a physical change on skin or through known symptoms like coughing blood

Self-checks most reliable way to detect recurrent skin cancerSelf-checks are the number one way to detect recurrent melanoma, outperforming technology and routine imaging tests, says a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. While melanoma is attributed to less than one percent of skin cancer diagnoses, it is the cause of most skin cancer deaths, according to SkinCancer.org. […]