Research News

Arsenic in drinking water tied to drop in breast cancer deaths

  • Posted on: 3 February 2015
  • By: PharmaTutor News

A new study has found that high levels of arsenic in drinking water were associated with an "astonishing" 50 per cent drop in breast cancer deaths in Chile. The study presents results of breast cancer mortality data from a region in Chile where residents were inadvertently exposed to high levels of arsenic, a naturally occurring element found in many minerals.

Now a Phone sniffs out disease

  • Posted on: 3 February 2015
  • By: PharmaTutor News

A research consortium headed by Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is developing a product that, when coupled with a smartphone, will be able to screen the user’s breath for early detection of life-threatening diseases.

Cholera bacterium kills other bacteria to steal their dna

  • Posted on: 29 January 2015
  • By: PharmaTutor News

Scientists have discovered the unconventional way the cholera bacterium stabs and kills other bacteria to steal their DNA, making it potentially more virulent. Cholera is caused when the bacterium Vibrio cholerae (V cholerae) infects the small intestine. The disease is characterised by acute watery diarrhea resulting in severe dehydration.

FAT CELLS PROTECT SKIN AGAINST INFECTIONS

  • Posted on: 27 January 2015
  • By: PharmaTutor News

In a surprising discovery, scientists have found that fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and colleagues have found that dermal fat cells, known as adipocytes, produce antimicrobial peptides that help fend off invading bacteria and other pathogens.

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