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Friday, June 26, 2015

Health News: Health-department investigating cyclospora outbreak ♦ How neurons control muscle movement ♦ Whooping cough: New findings on pertussis pathogen

Health-department investigating cyclospora outbreak. The Austin and Travis County Health and Human Services Department announced June 23 that it is investigating a cyclospora outbreak in response to 15 - 7 - confirmed and 11 probable new cases of the intestinal illness.
Parkinson's disease may begin in the gut A major epidemiological registry-based study indicates that Parkinson's disease begins in the gastrointestinal tract. The study is the largest in the field so far.
How neurons control muscle movement How the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, have found that groups of neurons work together, firing in complex rhythms to signal muscles about when and where to move
Whooping cough: New findings on pertussis pathogen The worldwide spreading of the whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has substantially increased since 2010. Researchers have investigated structure and function of an important membrane protein of the bacterium causing pertussis. They discovered that the protein structure differs from a previously postulated model.
New family of bio inspired antibiotic compounds developed The first results of a study of a new antibacterial compound based on natural peptides capable of selectively killing resistant pathogens have been released by scientists. The study has proved that these compounds are highly active against clinically relevant Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. In vitro and in vivo tests have showed compounds’ low toxicity.

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