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Nanoparticles as a solution against antibiotic resistance?

Scientists have succeeded in developing an efficient method to treat mucoviscidosis. Crucial are nanoparticles that transport the antibiotics more efficiently to their destination. First of all, the active particles need to have a certain size to be able to reach the deeper airways and not to bounce off somewhere else before. Ultimately, they have to penetrate the thick layer of mucus on the airways as well as the lower layers of the bacteria biofilm.

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Microbes help turn Greek yogurt waste into fuel

Consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers have found a way to use bacteria to turn the leftover sugars and acids from Greek yogurt into molecules that could be used in biofuels or safe feedstock additives.

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TB, or not TB? At last, a urine test can diagnose it quickly

Assessing symptomsDescription:Andrew Aitchison/Getty By Andy Coghlan A urine test for tuberculosis could make it much easier to identify the disease and treat it before it kills. There were more than 10 million new TB infections in 2016, and the condition killed 1.7 million people. In around 40 per cent of cases, the infection isn’t identified until symptoms become obvious. TB is currently diagnosed using a skin test, or by culturing bacteria from a person’s sputum. But both these methods take days to give results, and can only be performed by…

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How to sleep: The FIVE scary signs you’re not asleep for long enough REVEALED

Sleep is essential for growing muscle, repairing tissue, and synthesising hormones, among other functions, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It is recommended adults between the ages of 26 and 64 get between seven and nine hours a night, while those over 65 need between seven and eight. However, according to a recent study, Britons are not getting anywhere near enough sleep. Research by Aviva Health Insurance, published earlier this year, found that 38 per cent of adults in the UK – approximately 20 million people – are falling short…

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We may know why younger brothers are more likely to be gay

Having lots of boys can affect a woman’s immune responseAleksandarNakic/Getty By Andy Coghlan The more older brothers a boy has, the more likely he is to be gay when he grows up – an effect called the “fraternal birth order effect”. Now it seems that increasing levels of antibodies in a mother’s immune system could play a role. Anthony Bogaert at Brock University, Canada, and his team think that some women who are pregnant with boys develop antibodies that target a protein made by the Y chromosome. Our immune systems…

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Snow warning: Why turning the heating up could KILL – and children are especially at risk

Snow forecast in the UK is leaving more Britons at home, especially children as many schools close thanks to the conditions. But turning the heating up in your home could cause health problems.  Research carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of Ecoair found that humidity in our homes in the winter often rises above optimum levels and can be harmful for our health as well as damaging our homes. The home experts found that 79 percent of Brits have lived in a property affected by condensation, damp or mould…

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Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

A drugstore employee removes baby milk boxes from the stock in Anglet, southwestern France, Monday, Dec.11, 2017. Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The French company, one of the largest dairy groups in the world, said it has been warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Bob Edme) PARIS (AP) — Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions…

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Baby milk maker orders global recall over salmonella fears

FILE – This Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 file photo shows a general view of the Lactalis headquarters in Laval, western France. Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. Company spokesman Michel Nalet told The Associated Press on Monday Dec. 11, 2017, that the “precautionary” recall both in France and abroad affects “several million” products made since mid-February. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File) More PARIS (AP) — Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a…

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Baby milk formula recall after salmonella poisoning outbreak – with 7,000 TONNES affected

More than 7,000 tonnes of formula produced by baby-milk maker Lactalis may have been contaminated, but the company is unable to say currently how much remains on the market. The mass recall comes after health authorities in France said 26 infants in the country have become sick since early December. An initial 20 cases sparked a limited recall of 12 Lactalis products, but a further six children have since reported to have become infected with the “salmonella agona” bacteria.  One of the children had consumed a Lactalis product that had…

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Key to ALIEN LIFE could be UNLOCKED by studying THIS incredible area in Antartica

Most of the ongoing search for alien life focuses on Mars, but of equal importance are icy moons like Enceladus and Europa which orbit Saturn and Jupiter and are similar to Antartica. “Extremophile” bacteria can survive in the harshest conditions on Earth and scientists hope they can survive off the planet. Australian microbiologist Belinda Ferrari said: “The big question has been how the microbes can survive when there is little water, the soils are very low in organic carbon and there is very little capacity to produce energy from the…

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