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WHO Allows Publication of Controversial Bird Flu Research

Posted: February 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on WHO Allows Publication of Controversial Bird Flu Research

WHO Allows Publication of Controversial Bird Flu ResearchAfter months of controversy, the World Health Organisation – WHO – has decided to allow the publication of controversial research into bird flu. Scientists in the Netherlands and the United States have made versions of the virus which could potentially spread more easily between humans. There were calls for the research to be kept secret, and WHO indicated earlier this month that this was their preference, but the WHO has decided it is in the public interest to release it.

The disease remains a huge problem in countries from Indonesia to Egypt. When the H5N1 strain of bird flu has been contracted by humans, more than 60 per cent have died, making it one of the most lethal strains of flu ever detected. An expert panel convened by the WHO has decided the research should be published in full. The panel says the research should not be published until it has increased public awareness and understanding and reviewed issues of bio-safety and biosecurity. Read the full article »»»»


Chinese Tree Offers Hope For Alcoholics

Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Biomechanic, Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Chinese Tree Offers Hope For Alcoholics

DHM Offers Hope For AlcoholicsResearchers at the University of California – UCLA –  are investigating a 500-year-old Chinese hangover cure in the hope they can put its properties into a pill to help alcoholics and stave off hangovers. Alcoholism is a huge problem globally, killing 2.5 million people each year according to the World Health Organization. There has been serious research recently looking for drugs that stop people drinking, or at least encourage them to drink less.

In an article published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, they describe how dihydromyricetin blocks the action of alcohol on the brain and neurons and also reduces voluntary alcohol consumption, with no major side effects, in an early study with rats. Only an estimated 13 percent of people identified as having an alcohol use disorder receive medical treatment, partly due to a lack of effective medications without major side effects. Read the full article »»»»


Self-destructing Syringe: K1 Auto Disposable Syringe

Posted: December 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Medicated | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Self-destructing Syringe: K1 Auto Disposable Syringe

Self-destructing Syringe K1Reduce, reuse, recycle, repeat. Reduce, reuse, recycle, repeat, the mantra has been chanted for the past 2 decades, green is the new black, apparently?  This in mind, it may seem a little odd that anyone would be going out of their way to turn a product that forever has been reusable into one that is disposable, surely that goes against the mantra,  reduce, reuse, recycle, repeat

It all makes sense however, when that product is a syringe. According to the World Health Organization, every year approximately 1.3 million people die worldwide, due to diseases contracted through the reuse of syringes. Part of this can be chalked up to needle-sharing by users of illicit intravenous drugs, but much of it is due to health care workers (particularly those with little training or in impoverished conditions) using the same syringe to inoculate multiple patients. If a syringe simply ceases to function after one use, however, reusing it is impossible. That’s the idea behind Star Syringes’ K1 Auto Disposable syringe.

The K1 incorporates a small ring, that is etched onto the inside of the syringe barrel. A specially-adapted plunger is able to move past that ring when it’s delivering an injection, but cannot be drawn back over it – if it’s forced, the end of the plunger will snap off inside the syringe. The technology can be licensed to regional syringe-making companies, that will only need to make a minor adjustment to the molding process in their existing production lines. It will reportedly cost them no more to manufacture than a conventional syringe. Read the full article »»»»