Nov 11, 2016

Leprosy bacteria found in British isles red squirrels

Some red squirrels in Britain and Ireland are infected with the bacteria that causes leprosy in humans, though the risk of transmission to people is low, researchers said Thursday. Still, scientists were surprised to uncover signs of the infectious disease that ravaged Europe in ...

Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

Dec 17, 2014

Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

An endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, earlier this month died after a failed pregnancy caused a bacterial infection, officials said Tuesday. Preliminary necropsy results show the 19-year-old killer whale known as J-32 was pregnant with a nearly full-term female calf ...

Sep 15, 2014

Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood

Scientists said Sunday they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other infections. The external gadget — tested so far in rats but not yet humans ...

Culprit in heart disease goes beyond meat's fat

Apr 9, 2013

Culprit in heart disease goes beyond meat's fat

The fat and cholesterol found in a steak may not be the only components bad for the heart, according to researchers who have found another substance in red meat that can clog the arteries. The substance is called carnitine, and as bacteria in the ...