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Friday, June 5, 2015

Health Research: New combination vaccine to fight Streptococcus A ♦ Toothbrush contamination in communal bathrooms ♦ Micro-endoscope could eliminate unneeded biopsies

Researchers create new combination vaccine to fight Streptococcus A A groundbreaking, combination vaccine has been developed that may finally beat Streptococcus A infections. Human trials are set to begin, early as next year, for the vaccine which combines the protein, SpyCEP, with a previously developed vaccine J8-DT.
Online hookup sites increase HIV rates in sometimes surprising ways The introduction of Craigslist led to an increase in HIV infection cases of 13.5 percent in Florida over a four-year period, according to a new study. The estimated medical costs for those patients will amount to $710 million over the course of their lives.
Micro-endoscope could eliminate unneeded biopsies In a clinical study of patients in the United States and China, researchers found that a portable, low-cost, battery-powered microendoscope could eventually eliminate the need for costly biopsies for many patients undergoing standard endoscopic screening for esophageal cancer.
Does Agion silver technology work as an antimicrobial? The antibacterial effectiveness of Agion silver zeolite technology was tested on door handles across the Penn State Erie campus and after four years of sampling, a significant difference was observed between the bacterial populations isolated from silver versus control-coated door handles.
Toothbrush contamination in communal bathrooms Data confirms that there is transmission of fecal coli forms in communal bathrooms at a university, and that toothbrushes can serve as a vector for transmission of potentially pathogenic organisms.

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