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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pulmonary Research: New light shed on mysterious fungus that has major health consequences ♦ Compounds discovered with potential to treat persistent tuberculosis

Compounds discovered with potential to treat persistent tuberculosis In a substantial number of cases -- some two billion, in fact -- the tuberculosis bacteria isn't active at all. Instead, it hides inside cell aggregates, latent and persistent, waiting to break out.Scientists have discovered several first-in-class compounds that target these hidden infections by attacking a critical process the bacteria use to survive in the lungs.
Fine dust: Separator helps observe limits Renewable fuels, such as wood chips, pellets, and firewood are popular. For wood-fired heating systems and furnaces to comply with the new stricter fine dust limits in Germany, particle separators are used to clean the flue gas. A long-term test of a newly created particle separator revealed that it works effectively and in an economically efficient manner
New light shed on mysterious fungus that has major health consequences Fungi in the mucus of patients with cystic fibrosis has been examined by researchers who have discovered how one particularly cunning fungal species has evolved to defend itself against neighboring bacteria
Pneumonia 'finger clip' and better diagnostic tests could save thousands of lives Routinely used in hospitals, pulse oximetry is a non-invasive technology that measures oxygen in the blood, and can help doctors diagnose conditions such as pneumonia which trigger low oxygen levels. The authors argue that if pulse oximetry was made more widely available in the community, it could allow children to be diagnosed quicker and sent to hospital for lifesaving oxygen and antibiotics

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