Health News

Laser Precision
With E. coli bacterial contamination a potential problem in both drinking and recreational water supplies, a new laser technique to provide faster and better analyses of rivers, beaches and lakes is a welcome new tool.
Breaking Down HIV's Outer Shell
Scientists have finally developed a complete model of the HIV virus's outer shell, a process that took years because of the virus's "tricky" proteins.
HIV in the American South
HIV-related health complications pose a greater risk for women, minorities and Southerners, according to a study by the University of Colorado in Denver.
Good Gums Mean Good Lungs
Having healthy gums may prevent serious and potentially fatal respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
Lucky Number 53
Chemical compounds from a Japanese plant are being harnessed and tested for their potential HIV-inhibiting powers, according to a study by the Scripps Research Institute.
Ebola Virus Takes a Molecular Hit
A team of researchers at the University of Chicago have uncovered a batch of molecules that bind to the outer shell of the ebola virus, a deadly and incurable disease.
Killer Paper with a Silver Lining
Scientists have developed a new material that fights the bacteria that is responsible for food-borne illness. This is good news considering last years spate of food-borne illness scares.
The Critical Interim
Scientists have created an antibody to remove the Hepatitis C virus from the bloodstream during liver transplant surgery in an effort to prevent re-infection of the organ, a problem that occurs in most cases.
Math + Biology = World - Malaria
Mathematical models are proving to be effective in the fight against malaria, a parasitic disease that currently claims around one million lives every year.
A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Cholera Go Down
Researchers in Central Florida have developed a fast, inexpensive detection tool for cholera, a bacterial disease that infects millions of people worldwide.