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Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease carrying mosquitoes that brings us closer to suppressing them on a continental scale. The study used CRISPR/Cas9 geneediting technology to insert and spread genes designed to suppress wild insects, while at the same time avoiding the resistance to … Continue reading “Scientists show way to edit genome of disease carrying mosquitoes”

A new study from Indiana University may explain how a bacterium called Wolbachia prevents mosquitoes from transmitting deadly diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus and Zika. Published today in the journal PLOS Pathogens, the study is one of the first to identify a specific biological mechanism that prevents mosquitoes infected with this bacterium … Continue reading “IU study may explain how Wolbachia bacterium prevents mosquitoes from transmitting deadly diseases”

At the sight of the crescent moon, over one billion Muslims across the globe will declare the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and involves followers to abstain from food and drink for up to 18 hours every day, for 30 days. It isn’t the … Continue reading “Fasting during Ramadan and its Health Effects”

Commonly used to detect solid tumors, positron emission tomography (PET) paired with the glucose metabolism probe, fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), is considered ‘old’ technology in the field of cancer. A team from DukeNUS Medical School (DukeNUS) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has now found a new use for this ‘old’ technology in another field: infectious diseases research. … Continue reading “Researchers uncover novel and noninvasive way to track dengue infection”

Blood is probably the only liquid on the planet with as many responsibilities as a stressed-out mother with a 2-year-old. Think about it; the contents of blood help transport oxygen and glucose throughout our body, fight disease and gives us healing ‘powers.’ It may sound magical, but what if something as functional as blood could … Continue reading “‘Give blood. Give now. Give often.’ – World Blood Donor Day”

Zika virus infection passes efficiently from a pregnant monkey to its fetus, spreading inflammatory damage throughout the tissues that support the fetusand the fetus’s developing nervous system, and suggesting a wider threat in human pregnancies than generally appreciated. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison infected four pregnant rhesus macaque monkeys at the Wisconsin National Primate … Continue reading “Study suggests Zika virus poses wider threat in human pregnancies”

History books across the globe never fail to mention immunization’s most successful feat; the eradication of smallpox. A deadly disease that struck fear through everyone in the 20th century, it had killed 300-500 million people and left life-long scars in its wake. What started as a theory by Edward Jenner ended with the development of … Continue reading “Immunity: The Human Body’s Army”

How often are safety concerns raised about a drug after it’s been approved by the FDA? Nicholas Downing, MD, of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues have found that for drugs approved between 2001 and 2010, nearly 1 in 3 had a postmarket safety event. The team defines postmarket safety … Continue reading “Researchers find many postmarket safety events after FDA approval of new drugs”

April 28th was a long awaited date for which all employees of RemediumOne very much looked forward to. On this day, in keeping with the local traditions of the Sri Lankan New Year, RemediumOne organized a traditional sports festival. After several weeks of planning, practicing and teaser emails by the HR department, Friday the 28th of … Continue reading “RemediumOne Celebrates its Sports Day”

As young children we were given storybooks and it wasn’t impossible to imagine the story in our minds. But imagine living with a condition in which a thousand different worlds are concocted in your mind? So much so that it distracts you from reality? Autism Speaks organization defines Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), more commonly known … Continue reading “Autism: A World of Our Own”