The Uganda Vaccine Trial – How African Researchers Are Tackling Ebola

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In August 2015 Dr Sakoba Keita, who led the Ebola response in Guinea during the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, declared: the Ebola vaccine is a gift from Guinea to West Africa and the world. This was just after the preliminary results of the “Ebola ça suffit” trial that proved the safety …

Hormone Replacement Therapy Linked To Heart Fat Accumulation

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Hormone replacement therapy affects the accumulation of heart fat — a new risk factor for cardiovascular disease in midlife women - new research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has found. They also found that the formulation and delivery route of hormones — whether as a pill taken orally or a …

Portable Breath Analyzer Spots Lung Disease Faster Than Doctors

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A small, portable breath monitor can quickly and accurately detect acute respiratory distress syndrome, researchers report. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an often deadly disease that causes fluid to leak into the lungs and demands early diagnosis. To detect the condition today, doctors rely heavily on their own judgment and time-consuming tests. The researchers …

Why The Brain-eating Amoeba In Freshwater Lakes – While Rare – Is So Deadly

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Composed of a single cell, amoeba seem harmless enough: They look like playful critters waltzing under the spotlight of a microscope until they come upon a group of bacteria. Then, these previously innocuous amoeba suddenly morph into sinister blobs, engulfing the bacteria and slowly ripping them apart with a bevy of digestive enzymes. It’s hard …

Cell Inoculation Could Prepare The Body To Welcome A Transplanted Organ

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It is now achievable to train a transplant recipient's immune system to accept transplanted cells and organs without the long-term use of anti-rejection drugs, scientists at University of Minnesota have shown. In a pre-clinical study, researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School's Department of Surgery and Schulze Diabetes Institute, collaborating with colleagues at Northwestern …