Norovirus could spread through SHOPPING TROLLEYS, NHS staff warn

Norovirus could spread through SHOPPING TROLLEYS: NHS staff warn people to wash their hands amid hospital outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug A hospital in Swansea has recorded 75 cases of norovirus in two weeks Medics have warned people to wash their hands with soap and water to avoid it The virus causes vomiting and diarrhoea but usually clears up […]

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‘Extremely warm temperatures’ are causing dengue fever to spread

Dengue fever is ravaging South East Asia because the ‘extremely warm temperatures’ this year provide the ‘ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes’, expert says As of July 20, Vietnam alone reported 115,186 dengue cases, figures show This is compared with just 29,000 cases for the same period last year   July’s global temperature was 1.71°F (-16.8°C) above the 20th Century average  Extremely warm […]

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A new approach to targeting tumors and tracking their spread

The spread of malignant cells from an original tumor to other parts of the body, known as metastasis, is the main cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Early detection of tumors and metastases could significantly improve cancer survival rates. However, predicting exactly when cancer cells will break away from the original tumor, and where in the body they will form new […]

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Scientist identifies gene responsible for spread of prostate cancer

A Rutgers study has found that a specific gene in cancerous prostate tumors indicates when patients are at high-risk for the cancer to spread, suggesting that targeting this gene can help patients live longer. The study, which was published in the journal Nature Communications, identified the NSD2 gene through a computer algorithm developed to determine which cancer genes that spread […]

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As U.S. measles outbreaks spread, why does ‘anti-vax’ movement persist?

(HealthDay)—Measles outbreaks across the United States—including one in Washington state where 50 cases have now been identified—have again shone the spotlight on parents who resist getting kids vaccinated. These outbreaks are a clear sign of the fraying of “herd immunity,” the overall protection found when a large majority of a population has become immune to a disease, said Dr. Paul […]

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Spray gel could reduce cancer spread after surgery

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are leading the team that is developing the gel, which comes in the form of a sprayable solution. Their aim is that one day, surgeons will be able to spray the solution onto sites of tumor removal directly after surgery. The solution, which quickly forms a biodegradable gel, contains nanoparticles laden […]

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Scientists have learned how public transportation affects the spread of influenza and SARS

Although the connection of colds, with regular travel by public transport is widely acknowledged, the scientific evidence as they affect the spread of airborne infections, were never presented. A new study by the London underground, published in Environmental Health, confirmed the existence of this connection. This will contribute to the justification of measures to control the spread of infectious diseases. […]

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The spread of cancerous cells determined with new model developed at YSPH

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have discovered a mathematical relationship that sheds new light on the rate at which cancer cells mutate and why some survive and rapidly multiply, yet others do not. The discovery by members of the laboratory of Jeffrey Townsend, Ph.D., the Elihu Professor of Biostatistics and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will allow […]

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