Genetics

30 new gene variants linked to Crohn's disease

An international team of scientists, including researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, have found 30 new gene variants associated with the risk of Crohns disease. The results of the study provide valuable insight ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Cucumbers blamed for deadly German E. coli outbreak

Cucumbers from Spain have been confirmed as one of the sources responsible for an outbreak in Germany of E.Coli, a potentially lethal food-borne bacteria, the European Commission said Thursday.

Medical research

Fern's hunger-busting properties supported by research

Professor Roger Lentle, from the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health at the Massey University, led a team that studied how an extract of the mamaku fern influenced stomach activity. Maori traditionally used mamaku ...

Medical research

Promising probiotic treatment for inflammatory bowel disease

Bacteria that produce compounds to reduce inflammation and strengthen host defences could be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Such probiotic microbes could be the most successful treatment for IBD to date, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

German probe fixes on restaurant's food chain

Investigators searching for the origin of a killer bacteria were attempting to track supplies made to a north German restaurant where 17 guests fell ill, the press reported here Sunday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Germany hunts source of deadly E. coli

Germany said Sunday it was pulling out all the stops to locate the exact source of an outbreak of E. coli bacteria poisoning blamed for 10 deaths, which authorities suspect may have originated in Spain.

Medical research

New odour-'reading' device sniffs out superbug

(PhysOrg.com) -- Testing has begun on a device that can sniff out the presence of Clostridium difficile disease by smell, thanks to an award from the Wellcome Trust.

Health

Makeshift toilets part of life in quake-hit city

For Christchurch mother-of-two Nicky White, the city's deadly earthquake has left no room for delicacy as her family struggles with the basics of everyday life such as finding a toilet.

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