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Gum Disease In Postmenopausal Women Linked To Oral Bone Loss

November 22, 2017

A study conducted in a large sample of postmenopausal women by University at Buffalo epidemiologists has provided new information on the prevalence of certain gum-disease-causing oral bacteria in this population and the association of the bacteria with oral bone loss. Results showed that women infected with four bacteria known to cause periodontal disease were more likely to have more severe oral bone loss than those without these oral pathogens. Two widely recognized periodontal pathogens, ca...

Hospira Begins Phase I U.S. Clinical Trial Of Biosimilar Erythropoietin In Renal Patients

November 21, 2017

Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), the world leader in generic injectable pharmaceuticals, announced the start of a U.S. Phase I clinical trial of its biosimilar erythropoietin (EPO) in patients with renal (kidney) dysfunction who have anemia, an important step on the road toward introducing a biosimilar product in the United States. Erythropoietin is a treatment for anemia associated with chronic renal failure and chemotherapy. The controlled, randomized trial of patients on hemodialysis who have alre...

Cases Of Recreational Water Illnesses On The Rise

November 20, 2017

More recreational water illnesses (RWI) outbreaks were reported in 2007 than ever before, and the numbers could increase in the coming years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). RWIs are illnesses that are spread by swallowing, breathing, or having contact with germs in the water of swimming pools, spas, lakes, rivers, or oceans. To highlight the importance of healthy swimming habits, the CDC has designated May 19-25, 2008, the week before Memorial Day, as Nationa...

Evolution-Proof Insecticides May Stall Malaria Forever

November 19, 2017

Killing only older mosquitoes could be a more sustainable way of controlling malaria, and has the potential to lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete, according to an article in this week's issue of PLoS Biology. Each year, malaria - spread through mosquito bites - kills around a million people, and many of the chemicals used to kill the insects become ineffective as the mosquito's resistance to them evolves. New theoretical work, by Andrew Read and Matt Thomas ...

High Blood Sugar's Impact On Immune System Holds Clues To Improving Islet Cell Transplants

November 18, 2017

A biological tit for tat may hold clues to improving the success of islet cell transplants intended to cure type 1 diabetes, according to a Medical College of Georgia scientist. In type 1, the immune system attacks insulin-producing cells causing high blood glucose levels that may temporarily reduce the attack, said Dr. Rafal Pacholczyk, an immunologist in the MCG Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine. He just received a three-year, $495,000 grant from Juvenile Diabetes Research Founda...