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A Novel Toxin – and the First Ever Found – for a Deadly Pathogen, M. tuberculosis

Michael Niederweis of the University of Alabama at Birmingham describes the first known toxin of the pathogenic bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This necrotizing toxin is the founding member of a novel class of previously unrecognized toxins present in 246 bacterial and fungal species.

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What Does Soil Health Have to Do with My Health?

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Soils provide nutrients, biodiversity and physical support, all crucial to healthy living

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Tool Helps Public Health Agencies Prioritize Health Risks

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Public health agencies across the globe are challenged with preventing the spread of chronic diseases while dealing with limited funds and devastating budget cuts. Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri has applied the Public Health Index (PHI) model, a tool he designed that has been adopted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to help the Brazilian government identify and prioritize health risks affecting its population. Researcher Eduardo Simoes says if more public health agencies adopted this tool to identify top health risks associated with chronic diseases among their specific populations, limited funding for prevention efforts could be proportionately allocated.

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#Ebola vaccine trail results "extremely positive", says Prof Andrew Easton, a virologist at the University of Warwick, UK

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New Study Identifies Promising Treatment for Military Veterans with PTSD

Attention control training reduces attention bias variability, improves PTSD symptoms

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Texting While Driving Bans Save 19 Lives Per Year

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New Mathematical Model Developed That Can Accurately Predict the Amount of Nicotine Emitted From E-Cigarettes

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Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers at the VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP) have developed the first ever, evidence-based model that can predict with up to 90 percent accuracy the amount of nicotine emitted by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette).

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Evolutionary War Between Microorganisms Affecting Human Health, IU Biologist Says

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Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating “superbugs” able to resist drugs treating infection. Now scientists at Indiana University and elsewhere are finding evidence that an invisible war between microorganisms may also be catching humans in the crossfire.

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Ongoing Recovery Efforts Take Toll on Hurricane Survivors

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According to the Sandy Child and Family Health Study, a major report on NJ residents living in Superstorm Sandy’s path, over 100,000 experienced significant structural damage to their primary homes. Conducted by Rutgers University, New York University (NYU), Columbia University and Colorado State University, research finds that tens of thousands still live with unfinished repairs, disputed claims and recurrent mold, all associated with increased odds of mental health distress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression.