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Monday, May 18, 2015

Health News: FDA: Illegal drug residue in cows ♦ Vitamin E, improves lung function when exposure to air pollution ♦ Antibody's unusual abilities might inspire vaccine strategies

FDA: Illegal drug residue in cows and sulfites in fish Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published warning letters sent to a dairy and to two seafood processing facilities. Goyenetche Dairy of Buttonwillow, CA, was cited for illegal drug residues in the tissues of a dairy cow sold for slaughter for food.
New way to treat skin conditions: World's first mercury-free film-type ultraviolet light source Scientists have developed the world's first new mercury-free light source that produces ultraviolet radiation for medical applications. It is currently being certified as a medical instrument, and sales are expected to begin in October 2015. This equipment should effectively treat skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, leucoderma, and psoriasis. Because it can deliver high-intensity radiation to only the affected area, it should reduce the treatment time and patients’ stress
Antibody's unusual abilities might inspire vaccine strategies The recent discovery of a novel antibody that works in an unusual way could inspire new vaccine strategies. The antibody appears to have properties that might keep bacteria like disease-causing E. coli from adhering to human cell surfaces and also dislodge those already attached. Among the common pathogens for which researchers are seeking more effective methods to prevent adherence to human cell surfaces are the forms of E. coli that cause urinary tract infections.
Antibody, improves lung function when exposure to air pollution An association between the amount of vitamin E in the body, exposure to particulate pollution and lung function has been uncovered by a new study. The paper adds to growing evidence from previous studies suggesting that some vitamins may play a role in helping to protect the lungs from air pollution

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