Central African countries in talks on boosting anti-Ebola fight

Health ministers in 10 central African countries have held talks on boosting data sharing and cross-border surveillance in the fight against Ebola, the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Tuesday. Health Minister Eteni Longondo and counterparts from the nine countries bordering the DRC met on Monday to swap views on “developing a framework for cross-border collaboration,” the health ministry said. The […]

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First comprehensive structural data on a key flu protein—it’s central to infection

Influenza A viruses spawn epidemics, global pandemics and sweeping outbreaks that kill millions of birds, yet only now have flu scientists obtained comprehensive, high-resolution structural data on a protein that is key to the very survival of an influenza virus. The highlighted protein is RNA polymerase, which transcribes and replicates the viral genome in the nucleus of host cells. Dr. […]

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Chronic kidney disease of undetermined causes described originally in Central America and Sri Lanka

Chronic kidney disease of undetermined causes (CKDu), initially reported among agricultural communities in Central America and Sri Lanka, is also present in India, particularly in Southern rural areas, and could be common in other tropical and subtropical rural settings. These are the main conclusions of a new study published in BMJ Open. CDKu is considered an epidemic in Central America […]

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Elucidation of central mechanisms of salt-induced hypertension through activation of sympathetic nerve activities

Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease worldwide, and approximately 40 percent (1 billion) of adults aged 25 and above have been diagnosed with hypertension (World Health Organization 2013; ref. 1). A positive correlation between salt (NaCl) intake and blood pressure (BP) has long been postulated. A battery of studies has shown that a diet high in salt […]

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