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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Health News:Taiwan: DDT tainted tea ♦ Swine farming a risk factor for drug-resistant staph infections ♦ New mechanism controlling cell response to DNA damage

Taiwan: DDT tainted tea Routine food safety inspections were conducted by the Chiayi City Government at a PX mart on May 1, which resulted in the discovery of DDT contaminations in 3:15 Milk Tea's Jhihuo Oolong Rose Tea teabags. Tipped off by the Chiayi City Government, the Taichung Health Department then sent investigators to the headquarters of Shih Chen.
Spinal cord axon injury location determines neuron's regenerative fate A previously unappreciated phenomenon has been reported in which the location of injury to a neuron's communication wire in the spinal cord -- the axon -- determines whether the neuron simply stabilizes or attempts to regenerate. The study demonstrates how advances in live-imaging techniques are revealing new insights into the body's ability to respond to spinal cord injuries.
Swine farming a risk factor for drug-resistant staph infections Swine farmers are six times more likely to be carriers of staph bacteria, including the MRSA strain, than others, new research shows. S. aureus is a type of bacteria commonly found on the skin as well as in the noses and throats of people and animals.

New mechanism controlling cell response to DNA damage discovered DNA can be damaged by different environmental insults, such as ultraviolet light, ionizing radiation, oxidative stress or certain drugs. If the DNA is not repaired, cells may begin growing uncontrollably, leading to the development of cancer. Therefore, cells must maintain an intricate regulatory network to ensure that their DNA remains intact. Researchers have discovered a novel mechanism that controls a cell's response to DNA damage

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