Health News - BioTerrorism

Bioterrorism: Should we be worried?
The term 'biological warfare' is well-known. In this article, we delve into the details of its history, current status, and potential future. (Medical News Today)

Study identifies an enzyme inhibitor to treat Gulf War illness symptoms
Scientists shed light on the neurological consequences of exposure to low-levels of nerve agents and suggest a drug that could treat some of the toxins' effects. (Medical News Today)

Scientists find simple copper complex shuts down botulinum neurotoxin poisoning
Clostridium botulinum is the bacterium that causes the neurointoxication, which produces one of the most potent toxins on earth and is classified as a potential bioterrorism threat. (Medical News Today)

80-year-old 'viable' anthrax strain debunked using advanced genomic sequencing
A team of international researchers has found that a strain of anthrax-causing bacterium thought to have been viable 80 years after a thwarted World War I espionage attack, was, in reality, a much... (Medical News Today)

Anthrax spores use RNA coat to mislead immune system
Researchers from Harvard Medical School have discovered that the body's immune system initially detects the presence of anthrax spores by recognizing RNA molecules that coat the spores' surface. (Medical News Today)

Researchers sequence genome from 1979 Russian anthrax outbreak
Analyzing small pieces of tissue from nearly 40-year-old human autopsies, Arizona researchers have sequenced the genome of the strain of Bacillus anthracis that caused a deadly anthrax outbreak in... (Medical News Today)

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Have the long-term effects been exaggerated?
Atomic bombs dropped on Japan killed around 200,000 people in 1945. A new analysis investigates the 60-year health impact on survivors and their offspring. (Medical News Today)

Gene discovery may lead to better treatments for tendon injury
Insights into the molecular network of a gene called Mkx should help improve the study of tendon physiology and lead to new treatments for tendon injury. (Medical News Today)

New drug against nerve agents in sight
The nerve agent sarin causes a deadly overstimulation of the nervous system that can be stopped if treated with an antidote within minutes of poisoning. (Medical News Today)

Particulate vaccine delivery systems may help protect against infectious disease outbreaks and bioterror threats
Most traditional vaccines have safety and efficacy issues, whereas particulate vaccine delivery systems - which utilize nano- or micro-particulate carriers to protect and deliver antigens - are... (Medical News Today)

FDA approves new treatment for inhalation anthrax
On Friday, March 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Anthim (obiltoxaximab) injection to treat inhalational anthrax in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs. (Medical News Today)

Assessment of surgical danger when surgeons remove implanted small arms ammunition
In the paper "Stratification of risk to the surgical team in removal of small arms ammunition implanted in the craniofacial region: case report, by Jonathan A. (Medical News Today)

UTSA professor's new study explores the mind of a cyberterrorist
A new study by Max Kilger, director of Data Analytics Programs at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Business, is delving into an aspect of cybersecurity rarely explored before... (Medical News Today)

New clues for battling botulism
Scientists decipher details of deadly toxin's cloaking mechanism that could guide development of new vaccines, treatments.Scientists at the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Why is the San Bernardino shooting rare among mass shootings?
The shooting in San Bernardino, CA yesterday marked the 355th mass shooting in the United States in less than as many days in 2015. (Medical News Today)

FDA approves vaccine for use after known or suspected anthrax exposure
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new indication for BioThrax (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed) to prevent disease following suspected or confirmed exposure to Bacillus anthracis, the... (Medical News Today)

Terrorist acts increase prejudice and hate crimes against Muslims
Anti-Muslim prejudice and hate crimes increase in Europe and the USA as a consequence of Islamist terrorist attacks, a new study in the journal Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations reveals. (Medical News Today)

Irradiated anthrax can be sequenced - fast!
These days, mail addressed to selected government offices gets irradiated, in order to kill any biological agents, notably anthrax spores. (Medical News Today)

Schools are underprepared for pandemics and natural disasters: Study
Missouri schools are no more prepared to respond to pandemics, natural disasters, and bioterrorism attacks than they were in 2011, according to a study published in the October issue of the American... (Medical News Today)

What do we really know about the history of biological weapons use?
Few comprehensive, definitive histories of biological warfare have been written, many events reported in the literature never happened, and few details are available about some uses of biological... (Medical News Today)

Social media is transforming emergency communications -- Ben-Gurion U. study
Social media channel communication (e.g. Twitter and Facebook) is sometimes the only telecommunications medium that survives, and the first to recover as seen in disasters that struck the world in... (Medical News Today)

Analytics for resilience
Improving global security through real-time analysis of complex risksStatistical models are playing an increasingly important role in risk analysis and helping the United States and other... (Medical News Today)

New in the Hastings Center Report: Disclosing misattributed parentage, treating terrorists, informed consent in the era of personalized medicine
1. When Should Genome Researchers Disclose Misattributed Parentage?Amulya Mandava, Joseph Millum, and Benjamin E. (Medical News Today)

Researchers develop aerosolized vaccine that protects primates against Ebola
A collaborative team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the National Institutes of Health have developed an inhalable vaccine that protects primates against Ebola. (Medical News Today)

Scoring system can help trauma centers improve care during surges in trauma cases
New Trauma Surge Index -- based on Trauma Quality Improvement Program data -- is the first attempt to statistically evaluate periods of high activity in trauma baysA scoring system that can... (Medical News Today)

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