Daily Archives: March 2, 2016

Making a good drug against a bad virus better

Recent advances in the treatment of chronic Hepatitis C virus (HCV) have led to a number of treatment options using only pills taken once-a-day that can lead to the elimination of the virus – a cure. Using

Human brains do not belong to two distinct types: ‘female brains’ and ‘male brains’

Sex categories – whether one has female or male genitalia – are fundamental for reproduction. They are also one of the most important categories that shape the social world. No surprise then that scientists and the general

Metal–organic framework for “NO” sensing!

Nitric oxide (NO) is a free radical which is found to prevail as a colourless gas. It has a very short life-time (of few seconds) and yet regulates several biological processes in living systems. For its participation

Genes regulating Wolbachia cell division

Bacterial infection underlies many devastating diseases, yet bacteria also play a central role in the maintenance of human health and well-being.  From aiding in host food digestion and limiting unfavorable bacterial growth to causing paralysis or even

Detecting nerve gases VX and Tabun with a handheld device

Threats from nerve gases, or more accurately termed chemical warfare agents, constitute a serious security issue of increasing global concern because of surging terrorist activities. A big problem with nerve gases are that they are very challenging

Prognostic value of trans-thoracic echocardiography in patients with acute stroke and atrial fibrillation

Currently, ischemic stroke (which occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by rapid and irregular beating, can be successfully prevented with

The use of multisite ultrasound in cardiac arrest – the SESAME-protocol

Cardiac arrest is the most critical emergency. The sudden interruption of oxygen supply damages the brain after some minutes. Finding a cause for efficiently fixing the problem is the main target of the frontline physician. Ultrasound is

C-H bond activation by metal carbene

C-H bonds, alongside with C-C bonds, are the most common chemical bonds that constitute organic molecules. C-H bonds are ubiquitous and they are also very stable. The replacement of the hydrogen atom of the C-H bond with

Sequence of the plant beneficial biocontrol agent Pseudomonas fluorescens DSM 8569

Pseudomonas represents an abundant bacterial group that can live in the soil. In this habitat many organisms like fungi, bacteria, plants or insects live together, often intensively interacting in close communities. The composition of these communities is

Are children, adults and elderly women in Greece meeting dietary intake recommendations?

Ensuring adequate nutrient intakes is vital not just for preventing deficiencies, but also for optimizing health and wellbeing in all life stages. Despite the high prevalence of overweight and obesity and the overconsumption of calories, still inadequate