Month: August 2012

Malaria Cure? “Single-dose cure but might also be able to block transmission of the parasite from person to person”

African antimalarial research bears first fruit Promising new compound becomes the first stemming from an African–MMV collaboration to enter preclinical development 28 August 2012 A recently discovered compound from the aminopyridine class, code named MMV390048, caused quite a stir at the MMV Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) meeting in Toulouse, France. The compound shows potent…

One third less life on planet Earth

Contact: F.Ossing ossing@gfz-potsdam.de 49-331-288-1040 Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres New estimate of living biomass Previous estimates about the total mass of all life on our planet have to be reduced by about one third.  This is the result of a study by a German-US science team published in the current online issue of Proceedings…

How a virus might make you diabetic later in life : Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Contact: Hilary Glover hilary.glover@biomedcentral.com 44-020-319-22370 BioMed Central Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the viruses that most infected people carry without ill effects. Once infected you are infected for life and, although it normally is dormant, it can become active again at any point in time. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Immunity…

Almost half of Americans have less than $10,000 left when they die

46% now die with £10,000 or less  saved Many do not have cash to absorb financial  ‘shocks’ such as big medical bills Single retirees more likely to be  poorer By Sam Adams PUBLISHED:03:48 EST, 31  August 2012| UPDATED:09:08 EST, 31 August 2012 It’s a time of life when most folks hope to  enjoy some financial…

Mayo Clinic: Common blood pressure drug linked to severe GI problems: Celiac disease from Olmesartan/Benicar in the US, Olmetec in EU and Canada, WinBP, Golme in India, Erastapex in Egypt

Contact: Nick Hanson newsbureau@mayo.edu 507-284-5005 Mayo Clinic Patients in clinical trial taking Olmesartan had symptoms of celiac disease ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered an association between a commonly prescribed blood pressure drug, Olmesartan, and severe gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and electrolyte abnormalities — symptoms common among those…

WSU researchers discover mechanism leading from trichomoniasis ( protozoan parasite ) to prostate cancer “40 percent greater chance of developing prostate cancer”

Contact: John Alderete, WSU professor of molecular biosciences alderete@vetmed.wsu.edu 509-335-8125 Washington State University Finding could lead to better diagnosis and treatment PULLMAN, Wash.—Researchers have identified a way in which men can develop prostate cancer after contracting trichomoniasis, a curable but often overlooked sexually transmitted disease. Previous studies have teased out a casual, epidemiological correlation between…

Pitt cancer researchers find key oncoprotein in Merkel cell carcinoma – Cancer Virus

Contact: Anita Srikameswaran SrikamAV@upmc.edu 412-578-9193 University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences PITTSBURGH, Aug. 15 – Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) have identified the oncoprotein that allows a common and usually harmless virus to transform healthy cells into a rare but deadly skin cancer called Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC). Their…

Turning Chemistry Inside-Out: Self-Assembling Smart Microscopic Reagents to Pioneer Pourable Electronics

ScienceDaily (Aug. 29, 2012) — First place in an EU competitive call on “Unconventional Computing” was awarded to a collaborative proposal coordinated by Prof. John McCaskill from the RUB Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The project MICREAgents plans to build autonomous self-assembling electronic microreagents that are almost as small as cells. They will exchange chemical…

Prominent Academics Respond to the TPP

We asked several academics to let us know their thoughts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The TPP is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement, and it will do so in a way that will have extensive…

Harvard University probes plagiarism outbreak involving 125 students

Half the students in Ivy League college’s Introduction to Congress class may have copied each other’s Paul Harri guardian.co.uk,             Thursday 30 August 2012 19.59 EDT The scandal may be the largest cheating ring to have hit an elite Ivy League college in recent memory. Photograph: Mark Peterson/ Corbis To be caught cheating at Harvard…

Mysterious Wiper malware possibly connected to Stuxnet and Duqu/ targeting infrastructure in the energy industry

By Lucian Constantin | IDG News Service August 30, 2012 Kaspersky security researchers present their findings about Wiper malware affecting servers at Iran’s oil ministry in April Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab have uncovered information suggesting a possible link between the mysterious malware that attacked Iranian oil ministry computers in April and the Stuxnet and…

U.S. guard pleads guilty to planning to spy for China

By Agence France-Presse Thursday, August 30, 2012 17:44 EDT Topics: Bryan Underwood ♦ Underwood ♦ us justice department WASHINGTON — A former civilian guard at a US consulate in China pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he planned to sell secrets to Chinese security officials, the US Justice Department said. Bryan Underwood, a 32-year-old American…

EFF Sues for Answers About Illegal Government Email and Phone Call Surveillance

August 30, 2012 Government Withholding Information About Unconstitutional Spying at NSA Washington, D.C. – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding answers about illegal email and telephone call surveillance at the National Security Agency (NSA). The FISA Amendments Act (FAA) of 2008 gave the NSA expansive power to spy…

Chemical exposure in the womb from household items may contribute to obesity

Woodruff Health Sciences Center   Aug. 30, 2012 Pregnant women who are highly exposed to common environmental chemicals – polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) – have babies that are smaller at birth and larger at 20 months of age, according to a study from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health published online in the August 30 edition…