China reports four more bird flu deaths, toll rises to 31
BEIJING - Four more people in China have died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing to 31 the number of deaths from the mysterious H7N9 virus, with the number of infections rising by two to 129, according to Chinese health authorities.
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Chinese scientists begin tackling the H7N9 bird flu challenge
Chinese scientists have taken two directions in studying the H7N9 bird flu virus - from mapping its potential infection routes to blending the virus with human influenza strains.
China Bird-Flu Deaths Rise to 17
Chinese officials reported one more death and an additional five infections from an outbreak of a deadly new form of avian flu.
Avian Flu Claims 7th Victim in China
China reported a seventh death from a new form of avian flu and two more cases of infection, while Chinese officials began work on a vaccine and the WHO said it might send a team to China to study the disease.
Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity
resistant writes "A limited study from China offers the tantalizing possibility that targeting specific gut bacteria in humans could significantly reduce the scope of an epidemic of obesity in Western countries: 'The endotoxin-producing Enterobacter decreased in relative abundance from 35% of the volunteer's gut bacteria to non-detectable, during which time the volunteer lost 51.4kg of 174.8kg initial weight and recovered from hyperglycemia and hypertension after 23 weeks on a diet of whole grains, traditional Chinese medicinal foods and prebiotics.' As usual, sensationalist reports have been exaggerating the import of this very early investigation, and one wonders about that 'diet of whole grains.' Still, there could be meat in the idea of addressing pathogenic bacteria for the control of excessive weight gain. After all, it wasn't too long ago that a brave scientist insisted in the face of widespread ridicule that peptic ulcers in humans usually are caused by bacterial infections, not ...
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