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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Health Research: Engineered E.coli to produce new forms of popular antibiotic ♦ Prosthetic hands with a sense of touch ♦ Smoking legislation prevents 11,000 child hospital admissions

Researchers engineer E. coli to produce new forms of popular antibiotic University at Buffalo researchers will report that they have managed to turn E. coli into tiny factories for producing new forms of the popular antibiotic erythromycin -- including three that were shown in the lab to kill drug-resistant bacteria.
Prosthetic hands with a sense of touch? 'Sensory feedback' from artificial limbs Researchers are exploring new approaches to designing prosthetic hands capable of providing "sensory feedback." New advances have been made toward developing prostheses with a sense of touch
Inmates denied methadone treatment less likely to seek it once free When people on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) are incarcerated in the United States, they are almost always forced off of the addiction-controlling medicine. In a randomized trial, inmates allowed to stay on MMT while in jail proved much more likely to seek treatment after release than those whose treatment was interrupted.
Parental smoking puts nearly half a million UK children into poverty Smoking is not only bad for your health; it also puts 400,000 children in poverty in the UK alone. Smoking places a financial burden on low income families, suggesting that parents are likely to forgo basic household and food necessities in order to fund their addiction.
Smoking legislation prevents more than 11,000 child hospital admissions in England each year The introduction of smoke-free legislation in England was associated with over 11,000 fewer admissions to hospital a year from respiratory infections in children, according to a new study

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