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Virus discovery helps scientists predict emerging diseases‎

Fresh insight into how viruses such as SARS and flu can jump from one species to another may help scientists predict the emergence of diseases in future.
"Emerging diseases such as SARS, HIV and some types of flu have all got into humans from other species. Understanding how diseases jump between different species is essential if we want to predict the appearance of new diseases in the future."
- Dr Ben Longdon of the University of Edinburgh's School of Biological Sciences

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Volunteering to Help Others Could Lead to Better Health

American Psychological Association, Thu September 08, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
People who volunteer may live longer than those who don't, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves, suggests new research published by the American Psychological Association.

Neurosurgeons Use Adult Stem Cells to Grow Neck Vertebrae

UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures., Wed September 07, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
Neurosurgery researchers at UC Davis Health System have used a new, leading-edge stem cell therapy to promote the growth of bone tissue following the removal of cervical discs -- the cushions between the bones in the neck -- to relieve chronic, debilitating pain.

Malaria Discovery Gives Hope for New Drugs and Vaccines

University of California - San Francisco, Thu September 01, 2011, [PRESS RELEASE]
An investigation into the mysterious inner workings of the malaria parasite has revealed that it survives and proliferates in the human bloodstream thanks in part to a single, crucial chemical that the parasite produces internally.

Researchers find new gene linked to breast cancer

University of Michigan Health System, Sun October 07, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Ann Arbor, MI - Researchers in a multicenter international study have identified a new gene that, if mutated, may increase a woman's risk of breast cancer by more than a third.

CAMEROON: Free ARV drugs for all

IRIN News, Thu May 31, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Dakar - Cameroon's ministry of health has declared that antiretroviral drugs have been made free to anyone eligible as part of a national distribution programme.

‘Supermap’ of avian flu yields new info on source/spread

Ohio State University, Mon April 30, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Columbus, OH - Scientists here have designed a new, interactive map of the spread of the avian flu virus (H5N1) that for the first time incorporates genetic, geographic and evolutionary information that may help predict where the next outbreak of the virus is likely to occur. In the process, they also tested hypotheses about the nature of specific strains of the virus that appear to be heading westward and have the ability to infect humans.

Six million children in DPR Korea immunized against measles

ReliefWeb, Sat April 14, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
South Hamyong, DPR Korea - A massive campaign to immunize children against measles in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has been completed by the government with help from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Workplace Shocker: Job-Related Stress Falls 23% Since Year 2000, According to New Survey

eMediaWire, Fri April 06, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
San Francisco, California, USA - The percentage of American workers reporting at least some level of workplace-induced stress has fallen by an unprecedented 15 percentage points from the year 2000 to the present, according to a study just released by Rachelle Canter, PhD, president of San Francisco career advisory firm RJC Associates, Inc. and author of "Make the Right Career Move: 28 Critical Insights and Strategies to Land Your Dream Job."

Not losing sleep over the orexins

Nature Medicine, Mon February 12, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Allschwil, Switzerland - A study to be published in the February issue of Nature Medicine reveals a new method of promoting sleep by blocking a certain type of protein receptor.

30+ AIDS vaccine clinical trials in 24 countries, research occurring on every continent

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Thu February 01, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
New York - The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's (IAVI) January 2007 Annual Issue of VAX, an editorially independent bulletin on AIDS vaccine research published by IAVI, reports that 13 new preventive AIDS vaccine trials were initiated in eight countries around the world in 2006. There are now more than 30 trials ongoing in 24 countries, across every continent.

100 percent juices found as beneficial to health as fruits and vegetables

EurekAlert, Sun January 28, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
A review of the literatures finds that health benefits attributed to consumption of fruits and vegetables are also applicable to 100 percent juices due to their antioxidant content.

Molecular link between inflammation and cancer discovered

University of California - San Diego, Thu January 25, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
San Diego - A team led by biochemists at the University of California, San Diego has found what could be a long-elusive mechanism through which inflammation can promote cancer. The findings may provide a new approach for developing cancer therapies.

Brown team finds crucial protein role in deadly prion spread

Brown University, Tue January 23, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - A single protein plays a major role in deadly prion diseases by smashing up clusters of these infectious proteins, creating the "seeds" that allow fatal brain illnesses to quickly spread, new Brown University research shows.

Biggest Russian food and feed importers adopt GE free policy

Greenpeace, Thu January 18, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Kaliningrad, Russian Federation - Today, after three weeks of intensive campaigning against imports of genetically engineered food (GE) and feed coming into Russia, Greenpeace received an announcement from two major Russian food and feed importers that they have adopted a policy of only using non GE products.

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