A protein essential for chikungunya virus replication identified

Originally from Africa, chikungunya is aptly named. It derives from a word in the Kimakonde language meaning “to become contorted,” because the severe muscle and joint pains endured by the patients prevent them from moving normally or performing their daily activities. While the clinical manifestations of the disease are well understood, the mechanisms by which the virus infects human cells […]

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These Are the Essential Health Tips Doctors Wish Everybody Knew

In a Reddit thread which has gone viral with more than 40,000 comments, medical professionals have been sharing the things that they wish everybody knew about their own body, and the healthcare tips that everybody should incorporate into their lifestyle. “Many simpler diseases in the body can be compared to a car,” said one doctor. “When you don’t get regular […]

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Do essential oils have any healing benefits, or are they just a fad?

Using the essential oils of plants and flowers to improve one's health or mood has been practised since ancient Egyptian times. But aromatherapy, as we now call it, is currently having a boom. Hundreds of thousands of Australians are buying and using these botanic compounds in a bid to improve health and wellbeing. Vara Maranda, who has practised and taught […]

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