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Phages: the tiny viruses that could help beat superbugs

By |2020-10-15T08:46:12+00:00October 15th, 2020|

It is, say enthusiasts, the cure that the world forgot. An old therapy that could take on the new superbugs. Discovered in 1917 by French Canadian biologist Félix d’Hérelle, phages – or bacteriophages – are tiny viruses that are natural predators of bacteria. In many countries they were supplanted during the second world war by antibiotics but [...]

Research shows coronavirus spreads primarily through air. Here’s how to reduce risk

By |2020-10-15T08:46:07+00:00October 15th, 2020|

A growing body of evidence indicates that airborne transmission is the main way people are becoming infected with the novel coronavirus. Given that understanding, how should we change our behavior to reduce our risk of infection? William Brangham talks to Virginia Tech’s Dr. Linsey Marr about aerosols vs. droplets, ventilation and more.   Credit: PBS [...]

Biosupplies Applies BIOPROTECT RTU in Duvall County School District to add a Three-Month Antimicrobial Protection Creating a Safer Back to School Experience

By |2020-10-15T08:46:05+00:00October 15th, 2020|

SAN ANTONIO, TX / ACCESSWIRE / September 23, 2020 / Fishweir Elementary School showcased leading-edge safety health technologies for schools, including the use of Biosupplies’ BIOPROTECT RTU throughout the Duvall County School System. Recent studies conducted by independent labs show the BIOPROTECT RTU product provides continuous residual viricidal activity for more than six weeks. Biosupplies has [...]

More sources for antimicrobial resistance

By |2020-10-13T08:25:49+00:00October 13th, 2020|

The introduction of antibiotics into clinical medicine in the 1930s and 1940s appeared to be a global health triumph that would last seemingly forever. However, that hasn’t been the simple, magnificent outcome. Antibiotics remain a critical tool in the fight against disease and infection. Countless lives have been and continue to be saved and bettered [...]

Early Data Suggest Antibody Therapy May Cut COVID-19 Hospitalizations

By |2020-10-12T08:16:49+00:00October 12th, 2020|

Proof of concept data were announced from an interim analysis of a phase 2 trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of LY-CoV555 for the treatment of symptomatic mild to moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the outpatient setting. LY-CoV555 is a potent neutralizing IgG1 monoclonal antibody directed against the spike protein of severe acute respiratory syndrome [...]

Farmers are highly vulnerable to COVID-19

By |2020-10-12T08:16:47+00:00October 12th, 2020|

Preventing the horrific mortality and ill health consequences of COVID-19 infection poses a huge and on-going challenge in Ireland and among the farming community over the coming months. A study by a research and knowledge transfer team from Teagasc and the National Center for Men’s Health, Institute of Technology, Carlow indicates that farming population is [...]

Langat virus infection affects hippocampal neuron morphology and function in mice without disease signs

By |2020-10-12T08:16:47+00:00October 12th, 2020|

Abstract Background: Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is an important human pathogen that can cause the serious illness tick-borne encephalitis (TBE). Patients with clinical symptoms can suffer from severe meningoencephalitis with sequelae that include cognitive disorders and paralysis. While less than 30% of patients with clinical symptoms develop meningoencephalitis, the number of seropositive individuals in some regions [...]

Ten questions concerning the aerosolization and transmission of Legionella in the built environment

By |2020-10-12T08:16:46+00:00October 12th, 2020|

Abstract Legionella is a genus of pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria responsible for a serious disease known as legionellosis, which is transmitted via inhalation of this pathogen in aerosol form. There are two forms of legionellosis: Legionnaires’ disease, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, and Pontiac fever, which causes influenza-like symptoms. Legionella can be aerosolized from various water sources in the built environment including [...]