Frog slime could protect us against future flu epidemic

Conclusion This study has identified a substance in the mucus secreted by a south Indian frog which can kill certain types of flu virus. Researchers often turn to natural substances with known health-giving properties to find potential new drugs for humans. For example, aspirin was developed based on a compound found in willow bark – which had been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. Some other drugs – such as some chemotherapy and anticlotting drugs – have also been developed from chemicals found in plants. By isolating the substances that have an effect the researchers can make sure they are pure and adapt and them to make them as safe and effective as possible for human use. This is another example of this process, using an animal's natural defences to identify substances that could help protect humans. It also offers yet another compelling reason why we should make an effort to prevent different species, both animal and plants, from becoming extinct. Potential treatments for human disease could be lost forever if a species disappears. As yet, tests on urumin are in the early stages. So far it has only been shown to be effective at killing some types of flu viruses in the lab but not others, and researchers will want to test it against a wider range of flu viruses. The path to developing new drugs is long, and it will be a while before we know if urumin is suitable for testing in humans, and whether it will be successful in these tes...
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Publication date: Available online 16 February 2020Source: The Annals of Thoracic SurgeryAuthor(s): Chadrick E. Denlinger, Barry C. Gibney
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We report a virus responsive hydrogel giving a dual response. The method utilizes the optical property of gold nanoparticles (AuNP) and the high swelling capacity of polyol-based hydrogels to form... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
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Conclusion: there is evidence that both carboplatin and especially cisplatin from the first doses may impair the hearing of children and adolescents, mainly affecting the cochlear function, thus, the importance of long-term audiological monitoring.RESUMO Objetivo: identificar e analisar os efeitos da quimioterapia no sistema auditivo de crian ças e/ou adolescentes com câncer tratados com cisplatina e carboplatina, avaliados por meio de procedimentos audiológicos padronizados. Métodos: buscou-se por estudos nos idiomas português brasileiro e inglês, disponíveis nas bases de dado...
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ConclusionsTransplanting kidneys from HCV-viremic donors into HCV-uninfected recipients increased quality-adjusted life expectancy and reduced costs compared with a strategy of transplanting kidneys from HCV-unexposed donors.
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Credit: China.orgBy James LiangBEIJING, China, Feb 17 2020 (IPS) As efforts to contain the Coronavirus epidemic enter a critical stage, it is important to remember that the costs cannot be measured purely in economic terms, as the measures taken will have implications for life expectancy across the entire nation. Analysis of historical data from various countries gives insight into the relationship between life expectancy and GDP per capita. In the first place, it is clear that countries with higher per capita incomes have longer life expectancies, owing to the ability and willingness of wealthier nations to invest in he...
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What are the symptoms caused by the virus from Wuhan in China, how does it spread, and should you call a doctor?Find all our coronavirus coverage hereHow to protect yourself from infectionIt is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city, which also sold live and newly slaughtered animals.Continue reading...
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[International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users] INHSU Africa, a historic meeting of researchers, policy makers, politicians and advocates to plan for the elimination of viral hepatitis for people who use drugs has commenced today with a planning session for advocates across the African region.
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