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Smoking: Use big tobacco's Nov 26 corrective statements to reduce the threat

The court-ordered publication of 'corrective statements' by major US tobacco companies later this month should serve as a reminder that tobacco addiction remains a major health problem in the country and that Big Tobacco has a long history of marketing practices aimed at hooking a new generation on a lethal product, according to a new article published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Study finds Harnessing sperm to treat gynecological diseases

Delivering drugs specifically to cancer cells is one approach researchers are taking to minimize treatment side effects. Stem cells, bacteria and other carriers have been tested as tiny delivery vehicles. Now a new potential drug carrier to treat gynecological conditions has joined the fleet: sperm. Scientists report in the journal ACS Nano that they have exploited the swimming power of sperm to ferry a cancer drug directly to a cervical tumor in lab tests.

Pregnant women in Sri Lanka: Seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis and associated risk factors studied

Toxoplasma gondii is an intracellular protozoan infecting humans and animals. Infection in adults usually causes mild disease but greater importance lies in preventing transplacental transmission which can cause major foetal anomalies and is vital to identify infection in pregnancy. Research on this regard in Sri Lanka is scarce and would be beneficial in developing antenatal care strategies for improved foetal outcome.

Multifunctional protein Pave the Way in Development of Blood Cells

In a new research published in Genes & Development, researchers have revealed a previously unknown function of a protein called nup98 in mouse cells. The protein controls the movement of molecules in and out of the nucleus of the cell and also directs the development of blood cells, enabling immature blood stem cells to differentiate into many specialized mature cell types. The team also discovered the mechanism by which this differentiation process could form of certain types of leukaemia.

Molecular mapping: A new method uncovered

Each day, every inch of skin on your body comes into contact with thousands of molecules — from food, cosmetics, sweat, the microbes that call your skin home. Now researchers can create interactive 3D maps that show where each molecule lingers on your body, thanks to a new method developed by University of California San Diego and European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) researchers. The technique is published in Nature Protocols.