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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed May 05 16:42:03 EDT 2010
Scientists are reporting dramatic new real-world evidence supporting the idea that hand washing can prevent the spread of water-borne disease. It appears in a new study showing a connection between fecal bacteria contamination on hands, fecal contamination of stored drinking water, and health in households in a developing country in Africa. The study is in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal...
A prescription drug already approved to treat genital warts and skin cancer may have a new use in boosting the effectiveness of future vaccines for bacterial and viral diseases, such as hepatitis C and HIV (the AIDS virus). These findings appear in ACS’ Molecular Pharmaceutics, a bi-monthly journal. John Pesce and colleagues at the Naval Medical Research Center and UC-Berkeley note that vaccines...
Scientists are reporting development of a potential new way of enabling patients with bacterial keratitis to stick with the extraordinarily intensive treatment needed for this potentially blinding eye infection. The disease affects more than 500,000 people each year worldwide, including 30,000 people in the United States. The study is in ACS’ Molecular Pharmaceutics, a bi-monthly journal. Howida Kamal Ibrahim...
A team of scientists in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are reporting disturbing evidence that soil microbes have become progressively more resistant to antibiotics over the last 60 years. Surprisingly, this trend continues despite apparent more stringent rules on use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, and improved sewage treatment technology that broadly improves water quality in surrounding environments…
The portable packages of food called the Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE) that sustain military personnel in combat or field conditions without regular food facilities are getting tastier and more sophisticated thanks to innovations in food technology. That’s the focus of an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Editor Bethany Halford notes that the forerunners to today’s MREs, known as C Rations, consisted of simple ingredients like beans and franks…
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