Journal of Water and Health

Table of Contents  |  Volume 14 Issue 4 August 2016

Researchers produce first widely protective vaccine against chlamydia

(McMaster University 19 July 2016) The first steps towards developing a vaccine against an insidious sexual transmitted infection have been accomplished by researchers at McMaster University.

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USF researchers find dangerous bacteria after sewer spills

(University of South Florida (USF Innovation) 20 July 2016) After a sewer line break, a strain of bacteria found in wastewater tested resistant to vancomycin, an antibiotic considered to be a ‘last resort’ treatment for serious infections that do not respond to other antibiotics. Researchers found that the vancomycin-resistant bacteria contains a gene capable of transferring vancomycin resistance to other strains of bacteria. Aging sewer infrastructure and increases in stormwater flooding with extreme rain events increases the likelihood of such spills.

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Study confirms: Forms of HIV can cross from chimps to humans

(University of Nebraska-Lincoln 22 July 2016) A new study led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln reports the first in vivo evidence that strains of chimpanzee-carried simian immunodeficiency viruses can infect human cells.

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Smell test may predict early stages of Alzheimer’s disease

(Columbia University Medical Center) An odor identification test may prove useful in predicting cognitive decline and detecting early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

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Study links gymnastics equipment to exposure to flame-retardant chemicals

(Boston University Medical Center 26 July 2016 ) As the summer Olympics get underway, a new study co-authored by Boston University School of Public Health researchers reports that popular gymnastics training equipment contains mixtures of flame-retardant chemicals that have been linked to increased risks of ADHD, cancer and brain development delays.

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Cracking the mystery of Zika virus replication

(Springer 26 July 2016) Zika virus has become a household word. It can cause microcephaly, a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than usual. Additionally, it is associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a neurological disorder that could lead to paralysis and even death. However, how this microbe replicates in the infected cells remains a mystery. Now, an international team has unraveled the puzzle of how Zika virus replicates and published their finding in Springer’s journal Protein & Cell.

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