Ebola outbreak spreading but intensity of transmission has fallen: WHO
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Ebola virus outbreak continues to prove hard to pin down, but UN health experts remain positive that they can eradicate it.
Speaking in Geneva, Michael Ryan from the World Health Organization (WHO) explained that two of the biggest challenges were daily security risks in the north-east, along with the massive movement of people – all potential carriers of the virus.... read more
WHO and Africa CDC agree on joint actions to improve health security in Africa
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union Commission (AUC) through its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) deepened their ties by endorsing an ambitious action plan that aims to tackle health security challenges facing the continent. The two organizations signed an agreement outlining clear mechanisms for collaboration that will maximize existing synergies.... read more
IISER team's find may help fight drug-resistant infections
A team of scientists at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune claims to have determined the atomic structure of McrBC — a complex bacterial protein which helps prevent viral infections in a bacterial cell and functions as a molecular scissor.
The pathbreaking structure of the McrBC as determined by Dr. Kayarat Saikrishnan, an associate professor of biology and his team at the IISER, was published last month in Nature Communications and Nucleic Acids Research.... read more
Aspirin, Mortality Link in Breast Cancer May Depend on Methylation of Breast-Cancer Genes
Prior to diagnosis, breast cancer-related genes appear to interact with aspirin in certain women and could influence survival, an observational study hints.
To determine whether prediagnosis aspirin use might interact with mortality, the researchers examined two global methylation markers in peripheral blood DNA and promoter methylation of a panel of 13 breast cancer-related genes. All-cause mortality was significantly elevated among aspirin users who had methylated promotor of BRCA1... read more
GERD a Risk Factor for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is associated with a nearly three-fold increased risk of temporomandibular disorders (TMD), according to a new study.
Following up on a case-control study from 2010 that linked TMD to GERD, the authors conducted a larger study including 1,522 consecutive chronic TMD patients and 1,522 controls from two hospitals in China. In the TMD group,... read more