In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year … Continue Reading First broadscale study finds trees saving lives, reducing respiratory problems.
Researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug. The discovery, from Washington University School of Medicine, is also relevant for other infectious diseases including … Continue Reading One route to malaria drug resistance found.
Saudi Arabian researchers have detected genetic fragments of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the air of a barn holding a camel infected with the virus. The study indicates … Continue Reading Researchers detect and confirm MERS-CoV genetic material in the air.
An important development in understanding how the bacterium that causes pneumonia, meningitis and septicemia remains harmlessly in the nose and throat has been discovered by scientists. Streptococcus pneumoniae is a ‘commensal’, which can live harmlessly in the nasopharynx as part of the body’s natural bacterial flora. However, in the very young and old it can invade the rest of the body, leading to serious diseases such as pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis, which claim up to a million lives every year worldwide.
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