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Monday, January 27, 2014

1/27/14 Health News: Is Killing Microorganism With UV Light Safe - New Blood Test Pinpoints Cause of Stroke - Antimicrobial Glass - Therapy Repairs Damage from Heart Attack

Does Ultraviolet Mean Ultrasafe?
American consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the safety-enhancing methods used on food and beverage products before their arrival at retail outlets: pasteurization by heat and high-pressure treatment, and irradiation by gamma rays, X-ray or electron beams. But they may not know much about ultraviolet radiation (UV), which is gradually becoming more common as a... Continue Reading

A New Blood Test Could Help Doctors Pinpoint the Cause of a Stroke
Clinical trials are underway for what could be a first-of-its-kind blood test that would help doctors determine what caused a patient to have a stroke. Developed by Cincinnati-based Ischemia Care, the test isolates RNA from whole blood and examines immune responses, with the goal of differentiating where an ischemic stroke originated in a patient’s body. Being able to determine whether the stroke originated in the heart or in the blood vessels could have a huge impact on how patients are treated and on preventing recurrent strokes Continue Reading

Corning Unveils World's First Antimicrobial Cover Glass
Corning Incorporated unveils Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass at the International Consumer Electronics Show.  It is the first EPA-registered antimicrobial cover glass. The glass is formulated with an antibacterial agent, ionic silver, which is incorporated into the glass surface for sustained activity. "Corning's Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device," Continue Reading

New Therapy Tries to Repair Damage in Heart Attacks
In a heart attack, the initial harm is often compounded by a person's immune system, which rushes "soldiers" to the heart to fight what it thinks are invaders. An immune system overreaction also causes much of the trouble in irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis and West Nile Virus. "The immune system does a significant amount of damage while it's trying to protect us," said immunologist Daniel Getts, a visiting researcher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Now, Getts and several colleagues have figured out a way to trick the immune system into attacking tiny synthetic particles, instead of the body. Their research, published in Science Translational Medicine, is still in its early days and the technique has been tested only in mice. But if it is shown to work in people, it could transform treatment for a wide variety of ailments.Continue Reading

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