Month: August 2013

Flu vaccine backfires in pigs / vaccinated against H1N2 influenza were more vulnerable to the rarer H1N1 strain

Antibodies against one strain increase risk of infection with another. Beth Mole 28 August 2013 Pigs vaccinated against H1N2 influenza were more vulnerable to the rarer H1N1 strain. Andy Rouse/Photoshot Preventing seasonal sniffles may be more complicated than researchers suspected. A vaccine that protects piglets from one common influenza virus also makes them more vulnerable…

David Cameron vows to continue to defend Gibraltar in the ongoing diplomatic row with Spain over the tiny territory as chief minister warns of “huge escalation” in the standoff

David Cameron vows to defend Gibraltar . Mr Cameron met Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s chief minister, in Downing Street on Friday. Photo: LEWIS WHYLD/AFP   By Fiona Govan, Madrid 3:21PM BST 30 Aug 2013 Gibraltar’s chief minister has warned that Spain’s bid to cripple the Rock’s key refuelling industry would amount to a “huge escalation” of the…

Kim Jong-un’s approval rating higher than Barack Obama’s

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has a public approval rating of over 50 per cent, according to a poll of escapees living in South Korea. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, centre, applauds during the final of the Torch Cup soccer tournament in Pyongyang Photo: KCNA/Reuters   By Julian Ryall, Tokyo and Chris Irvine 3:27PM BST…

Artificial intelligence ‘will take the place of humans within five years’

  Salespeople, call centre staff and customer service personnel could all be replaced by computers within the next few years, claims one technology entrepreneur. Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film Artificial Intelligence (AI) depicts a future where robots have become eerily human.   By Rebecca Burn-Callander, Enterprise Editor 4:40PM BST 29 Aug 2013 Robotics and artificial intelligence…

Oral nutritional supplements demonstrate significant health and cost benefits

Contact: Kim Modory 847-938-4696 Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. Analysis of more than 1 million adult hospital cases revealed 21 percent reduction in length of hospital stay and cost with nutritional intervention ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Aug. 30, 2013 – Abbott (NYSE: ABT) A recent health economics and outcomes study, conducted by leading health economists and supported by Abbott,…

Oral nutritional supplements demonstrate significant health and cost benefits

Contact: Kim Modory 847-938-4696 Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. Analysis of more than 1 million adult hospital cases revealed 21 percent reduction in length of hospital stay and cost with nutritional intervention ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Aug. 30, 2013 – Abbott (NYSE: ABT) A recent health economics and outcomes study, conducted by leading health economists and supported by Abbott,…

Doubling the daily allowance of protein intake with diet and exercise protects muscle loss

Contact: Cody Mooneyhan cmooneyhan@faseb.org 301-634-7104 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology New research in The FASEB Journal shows that consuming twice the recommended daily allowance of protein protects muscle mass while promoting fat loss; tripling protein had no additional benefits Bethesda, MD—A new report appearing in the September issue of The FASEB Journal challenges…

1 in 4 has alarmingly few intestinal bacteria

Contact: Oluf Pedersen oluf@sund.ku.dk 45-52-39-56-50 University of Copenhagen All people have trillions of bacteria living in their intestines. If you place them on a scale, they weigh around 1.5 kg. Previously, a major part of these ‘blind passengers’ were unknown, as they are difficult or impossible to grow in laboratories. But over the past five…

1 in 4 has alarmingly few intestinal bacteria

Contact: Oluf Pedersen oluf@sund.ku.dk 45-52-39-56-50 University of Copenhagen All people have trillions of bacteria living in their intestines. If you place them on a scale, they weigh around 1.5 kg. Previously, a major part of these ‘blind passengers’ were unknown, as they are difficult or impossible to grow in laboratories. But over the past five…

Existence of new element confirmed

Contact: Dirk Rudolph Dirk.Rudolph@nuclear.lu.se 46-462-227-633 Lund University An international team of researchers, led by physicists from Lund University, have confirmed the existence of what is considered a new element with atomic number 115. The experiment was conducted at the GSI research facility in Germany. The results confirm earlier measurements performed by research groups in Russia.…

Long-term memory in the cortex

Contact: Mazahir T. Hasan mazahir.t.hasan@gmail.com 49-304-505-39176 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ‘Where’ and ‘how’ memories are encoded in a nervous system is one of the most challenging questions in biological research. The formation and recall of associative memories is essential for an independent life. The hippocampus has long been considered a centre in the brain for the long-term storage…

Broccoli could be key in the fight against osteoarthritis

!–> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 A compound found in broccoli could be key to preventing or slowing the progress of the most common form of arthritis, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia. Results from the laboratory study show that sulforaphane slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with…

Cancerous cells from donor kidney linked to recipient skin cancer

  Patients that receive kidney transplants have an increased risk of an invasive form of skin cancer. It is unclear if donor tissue contributes to cancer formation. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Philippe Ratajczak and colleagues at INSERM demonstrate that donor tissue can lead to caner formation in transplant recipients. They…

‘Syrian rebels take responsibility for the chemical attack admitting the weapons were provided by Saudis’ – source

 EEV: Requesting 2nd source confirmation     Photo: EPA In an interview with Dale Gavlak, a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press and Mint Press News, Syrian rebels tacitly implied that they were responsible for last week’s chemical attack. Some information could not immediately be independently verified.  “From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters…

Alibi Agencies Help Create Double Lives

By Barbara Hardinghaus An episode of Germany’s top crime show recently highlighted a secretive business: helping clients create and maintain lies. Now one such agency is struggling to keep up with the demand. For his best clients, Patrick Ulmer says he goes out and arranges the lie personally. In one instance, he got into his…

Quinn campaign tells students: skip school to work for us

By SALLY GOLDENBERG Last Updated:  4:18 AM, August 30, 2013 Posted: 1:03 AM, August 30, 2013          EXCLUSIVE Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign is encouraging her interns to skip the first days of school so they’ll be available for the critical get-out-the-vote drive before the Democratic primary, The Post has learned. In an e-mail blast to…

StarLink resurfaces: GM corn banned decade ago found in Saudi Arabia

Published time: August 27, 2013 21:14 Edited time: August 29, 2013 AFP Photo / Paul J. Richards The Saudi Arabian food chain has been widely contaminated with GM ingredients, according to a new study. The findings include controversial StarLink maize banned for human consumption in the US over ten years ago. The study published in…