Airborne: No need for coughing or sneezing, flu may spread just by breathing

Airborne: No need for coughing or sneezing, flu may spread just by breathing

We may pass the flu to others just by breathing, according to a study which contradicts the popular belief that people can catch the influenza virus by exposure to droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes. The study provides new evidence for the potential importance of airborne transmission because of the large quantities of infectious virus researchers found in the exhaled breath from people suffering from flu. “We found that flu cases contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing,” said Donald…

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Zika Probably Not Spread Through Saliva: Study

Zika Probably Not Spread Through Saliva: Study

A new study with monkeys suggests that Zika doesn’t appear to be transmitted through saliva. “If passing the virus by casual contact were easy, I think we would see a lot more of what we would call secondary transmission in a place like the United States,” said lead researcher Tom Friedrich, from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “But we’re not seeing clinically apparent spread of Zika throughout the continental U.S. without the presence of the mosquitoes that carry the virus, and our study helps to…

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Certain high BP drugs cut spread of cancer in body

Certain high BP drugs cut spread of cancer in body

A team of researchers has found that drugs used to treat high blood pressure can block the spread of cancer. The findings were published in journal of Nature Communications. Calcium channel blockers are currently used to treat hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, but their potential use in blocking cancer cell metastases has not been previously reported. By screening already approved drugs, the team led by Postdoctoral Researcher Guillaume Jacquemet and Academy Professor Johanna Ivaska from University of Turku in Finland discovered that calcium channel blockers can efficiently stop…

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Prostate cancer spread can be predicted through tumour cells in blood samples

Prostate cancer spread can be predicted through tumour cells in blood samples

Prostate cancer spread can be predicted through tumour cells in blood samples (Shutterstock Images) A new study says that researchers have found a group of circulating tumour cells in prostate cancer patient blood samples which are linked to the spread of the disease. This is the first time these cell types have been shown to be a promising marker for prostate cancer spread. In a study, presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool, of around 80 samples from men with prostate cancer, scientists at the…

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Soda Taxes May Spread if Voters Check Ballots in California, Colorado

Soda Taxes May Spread if Voters Check Ballots in California, Colorado

As Americans vote for a new president on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of voters in California’s Bay Area and Boulder, Colorado, will also decide whether they want levies on sugary drinks, another step toward making soda taxes a norm. Three cities in California – San Francisco, Berkeley and Albany – and Boulder, Colorado, have become the latest battleground in a so-called “War on Sugar” that centers on sweetened drinks. Over 800,00 voters will decide on ballot measures to introduce taxes of 1 or 2 cents per ounce on soft drinks…

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New Gene Therapy May Check Spread of Breast Cancer

New Gene Therapy May Check Spread of Breast Cancer

Researchers are in the process of developing a new gene therapy technique that could be used alongside chemotherapy to treat early-stage breast cancer tumours before they spread. The new technique uses microRNAs — small noncoding RNA molecules that regulate gene expression — to control metastasis or the spread of the disease, which is the leading cause of mortality in women with breast cancer. “If cancer is diagnosed early enough, then in addition to treating the primary tumour (with chemotherapy), one could also treat with specific microRNAs, in order to prevent…

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Warmer climate may cut dengue spread, says study

Warmer climate may cut dengue spread, says study

Warmer climate may cut dengue spread, says study (Getty Images) A new study has revealed that the transmission of dengue is likely to decrease in a warmer climate, countering previous projections that climate change would cause the potentially lethal virus to spread more easily. Dengue is the world’s most prevalent mosquito-borne disease, with more than 200 million people each year becoming infected. The results of the study indicated that dengue epidemic potential may come down in conditions of climate warming as mosquito breeding sites become drier and mosquito survival declines….

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Higher BMI supports spread of blood cancer

Higher BMI supports spread of blood cancer

As body mass index increases, so does the growth and spread of the blood cancer multiple myeloma, which accounts for about 10 percent of all blood cancers in patients, a study warns. “Once a person with cancer is out of the normal weight category, their BMI is contributing to multiple myeloma growth and progression,” said lead study author Katie DeCicco-Skinner, Associate Professor of Biology at American University. Obesity is believed to be a risk factor for many cancers. In the multiple myeloma study, normal weight is defined as a BMI…

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Zika to spread to Europe through this summer

Zika to spread to Europe through this summer

The Zika virus is predicted to spread to Europe by this summer season , but the chance can be “low to moderate”, the world fitness business enterprise has stated. WHO said there has been a “excessive” threat the virus will appear in regions where a kind of mosquito referred to as the Aedes aegypti lives. the european Centre for disease Prevention and manage stated the mosquito type has been currently stated in Madeira, the Netherlands and the north-eastern Black coastline (southern Russia and Georgia), Sky news said on Wednesday. there…

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Couple Paste Stickers On Trucks To Spread Awareness On Girl Education

Couple Paste Stickers On Trucks To Spread Awareness On Girl Education

Indian Revenue Officer and general manager of the government-run Opium Alkaloid plant HN Meena and his lecturer wife Hemlata Meena paste stickers carrying the message on the trucks. (Representational image) NEEMUCH, MADHYA PRADESH:  In a unique initiative for saving girl child and to promoted girl education, a Neemuch-based couple is pasting stickers carrying the message ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (save girl child, educate girls) on thousands of trucks which travel across the country. Indian Revenue Officer and general manager of the government-run Opium Alkaloid plant HN Meena and his lecturer…

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