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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Health Research: Pioneering artificial pancreas to undergo final tests ♦ Could bug-busting viruses control food poisoning? ♦ Minor flu strains pack bigger punch

Could bug-busting viruses control food poisoning? Viruses that can seek and destroy food poisoning bugs in the gut are currently being investigated by researchers. The work could offer the potential for treating and preventing intestinal illnesses in children in developing countries including those caused by Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli.
Pioneering artificial pancreas to undergo final tests A device to automatically monitor and regulate blood-sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes will undergo final testing in two clinical trials beginning early this year.
Racial bias may be conveyed by doctors' body language Physicians give less compassionate non verbal cues when treating seriously ill black patients compared with their white counterparts, a small trial revealed. It is the first to look at such interactions in a time-pressured, end-of-life situation.
Minor flu strains pack bigger punch Minor variants of flu strains, which are not typically targeted in vaccines, carry a bigger viral punch than previously realized, a team of scientists has found. Its research, which examined samples from the 2009 flu pandemic in Hong Kong, shows that these minor strains are transmitted along with the major strains and can replicate and elude immunizations.

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