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  • Antibiotic exposure can 'prime' single-resistant bacteria to become multidrug-resistantAntibiotic exposure can 'prime' single-resistant bacteria to become multidrug-resistant
    Researchers report that, for a bacterial pathogen already resistant to an antibiotic, prolonged exposure to that antibiotic not only boosted its ability to retain its resistance gene, but also made the pathogen more readily pick up and maintain resistance to a second antibiotic and become a dangerous, multidrug-resistant strain. Read more »
  • Scientists unveil how general anesthesia worksScientists unveil how general anesthesia works
    The discovery of general anesthetics -- compounds which induce unconsciousness, prevent control of movement and block pain -- helped transform dangerous operations into safe surgery. But scientists still don't understand exactly how general anesthetics work. Now, researchers have revealed how a general anesthetic called isoflurane weakens the transmission of electrical… Read more »
  • Coupled magnetic materials show interesting properties for quantum applicationsCoupled magnetic materials show interesting properties for quantum applications
    Researchers have uncovered a novel way in which the excitations of magnetic spins in two different thin films can be strongly coupled to each other through their common interface. Read more »
  • Eye pupil an indicator of effective decision makingEye pupil an indicator of effective decision making
    Researchers are investigating how eye-pupil size changes can indicate a person's cognitive state as a means to enable teaming with autonomous agents. Read more »
  • Disappearance of animal species takes mental, cultural and material toll on humansDisappearance of animal species takes mental, cultural and material toll on humans
    The research reveals that hunter-gatherer societies expressed a deep emotional and psychological connection with the animal species they hunted, especially after their disappearance. The study will help anthropologists and others understand the profound environmental changes taking place in our own lifetimes. Read more »
  • New understanding of asthma medicines could improve future treatmentNew understanding of asthma medicines could improve future treatment
    New research has revealed new insights into common asthma aerosol treatments to aid the drug's future improvements which could benefit hundreds of millions of global sufferers. Read more »
  • New tool measures quality of life in people with dementiaNew tool measures quality of life in people with dementia
    University of Queensland researchers say a new tool to measure of the quality of life of people with dementia will result in better targeted care for those living with the condition. Read more »
  • Smart interventions reduce malaria transmission by 75%Smart interventions reduce malaria transmission by 75%
    Mass drug administration and vector control can help eliminate malaria. A vector refers to an organism that transmits infection, as mosquitoes infected with parasites transmit malaria to people. Read more »
  • Herpes virus decodedHerpes virus decoded
    The genome of the herpes simplex virus 1 was decoded using new methods. Hundreds of previously unknown gene products were found. The virus causes lip herpes, but can also be life-threatening. Read more »
  • Traffic officer protein governs speed of sugar/fat conversion pathwayTraffic officer protein governs speed of sugar/fat conversion pathway
    Scientists have identified a protein sensor that restricts how much sugar and fat our cells convert into energy during periods of starvation. It is possible, the scientists say, that the sensor could be fine-tuned to prompt more sugar and fat conversion in people with metabolic conditions. Read more »

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